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Rocky Mountain Regional Rugby Report

5.15.14

In this Issue: James Paterson’s Excellent Super Rugby Adventure, Part II - “Being There”

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Pougnet’s Littleton HS Selects to Celtic Tourney in Albuquerque - fulla’ Young Guns! PRP Championship and USA Rugby Playoffs - our Colorado champions are in the thick of things: Black Ice to WD-1; Raptors, Islanders to MD-2, MD-3 on Sat/Sun, May 17/18, Dallas in the Lone Star State for a trip to MadTown, W-I, yi-yi! Colorado High School Rugby State Championships: Bunches a’ fives for Springs in Red Division final - title match report; PAC tops in White, Griffins 1 s t in Blue Division and how ‘bout that program? Quite the memento if you were able to get one Denver Harlequins v Queensland Australia Outback Barbarians: match report

Pacific Rugby Premiership: final table; Inaugural Title Match = Infinity, May 17: Glendale Raptors v San Francisco Golden Gate

USA Rugby Men’s College D-1A; Women’s College D-I Championships

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NSCRO 2014 Top 40: final poll; College Access Guide GlobalComps: Richard & Trotski o Super XV Rugby - results by numbers, conference tables, upcomers o Aviva, Top XIV, Pro12 - T14 closes with, what else… a bang - playoff frames; Premiership; RDP12 o Heineken Cup Championship – Saracens v Toulon at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff May 24 hR’s Back Page o Daktari’s Rugby Cypher o Down the Whistler - “Best Try Time” 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship Glendale Raptors v San Francisco Golden Gate a t Infinity,, S a t u r d a y , M a y 1 7 , 3 p m


Mr. Paterson, very much at home in the try zone! Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand

James Paterson’s Excellent Super Rugby Adventure, Part II - “Being There” ed: in Part I, first posted online and in RM3R 4.28.14, “Paddo” related his progression from Colorado high school rugby grounds through regional select side work and on to Canterbury Crusaders Rugby Academy, his direction, and diet in: “Getting There” Asked

to crystallize his Super Rugby experience into one word, James’ description of his time with Highlanders: “Intense,” and he goes on to explain, “from being in the public view and the media that generates, to training, to competition against other teams, and also competition within New Zealand to keep your job.” Super Rugby: not part-time work Once contracted to Highlanders, James joined in the club’s training and conditioning schedule, and he recalls: “Between playing in two competitions (Air New Zealand Cup - ANC - and Super Rugby), there was not a lot of down time for an off-season. We usually would get 2-4 weeks off after ANC and 2 weeks between Super Rugby season and ANC. For ANC, your pre-season is effectively Super Rugby and you head straight into the (ANC) season from there.” As a rule, Super Rugby squads come together in November for, “a couple of months pre-season,” says Paterson. “This would be a very intense training period. We’d go from 7am to 7pm… everything from fitnessbased, team-building activities like mini-iron man, dragon boat racing, rowing… (in addition to) very intensive weight sessions as well as speed drills.” In the first month of Super Rugby training, conditioning programs are designed and developed specific to the individual: “Your program depended on your position (on the field) and body composition. Some bigger guys who needed weights would do considerable cardiac and the faster, lean guys would do more repetitive speed and power work.” not all fun and games… The initial nine weeks of Super Rugby training is critical, first focusing on conditioning and then progressing more into the rugby. Paterson relates the training interval as very taxing physically and a time, “no player looked forward to… this was extremely strenuous. The goal was to build a physical base. During the season 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship Glendale Raptors v San Francisco Golden Gate a t Infinity,, S a t u r d a y , M a y 1 7 , 3 p m


training was only maintenance,” Paterson continues regards the conditioning continuum, “and (it is) very difficult with how intense the competition is to do anything in addition to training.” A Super Fitness level must be achieved before the first tweet of the Sir’s whistle indicates, “match-on”. Super Rugby - substance In-season, Super Rugby training regimens are dictated by logistics. “Depending on how long we had before games and the travel (distance), it would vary,” says Paterson, “a typical week would be:       

Monday: Recovery-training session where we’d play skills games to flush out the legs for an hour, weights-work, as well as debriefing and strategy meetings for the following week; Tuesday: Weights and speed drills in morning… home for lunch… and back in afternoon for meeting and long training, then individual skills in position groups; Wednesday: Usually light day in weeks with Saturday games, treatment (if necessary), rehab/prehab; Thursday: Morning weights; afternoon - team selections announced followed by unit trainings, then long training session where we would fine tune (plays) and run game situations; Friday: Captain’s run in the stadium followed by a team lunch and relaxing in the afternoon; Saturday = Rugby Match Day; Sunday: Recovery pool sessions and rehab

Paterson recalls his first Super Rugby start in a match against Auckland’s Blues, first game of the season: “It was at (Highlanders) home in Dunedin… it was a surreal moment as I thought about all the games I used to watch there and the fact I had dreamed one day I would play there.” The Super Rugby road is lengthy and arduous with clubs traveling 25,000 km-per-trip in a month with three or four top-level matches in the interval. Of Highlanders longest Super Rugby journey, James recollects: “It would have been when we went to South Africa for three weeks… We flew through Australia on the way there and way home to break it up. It was a long haul,” he understates easily.

Paddo and teammate, Siale Piutau Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

As anyone who travels great` distances through dizzying amounts of time zones will readily attest, the road ain’t easy and sometimes can be a bit confusing as to whether it really is, as WC Fields said, “Tuesday or Philadelphia”. But James takes it in his customary, effortless stride when asked if time changes ever posed a problem so that he became disoriented: “Ha-ha, nope. Usually the time difference had you up and pretty quick to realize you were not at home. Also my girlfriend (at home) wouldn’t snore like my Super roomie!”

James considers his best Super Rugby moment: “I would say it was (in a match) against the Crusaders in 2012 when I managed a couple tries and allowed us to get up and upset the competition leaders,” stating further that it was either, “Crusaders or Stormers” that he would reckon as his toughest opposition. In his brace of seasons with Highlanders, as he traveled the Southern Hemisphere employed in the business of rugby, James was able to ply his trade in the very finest of rugby cathedrals. His favorite? “Newlands Stadium 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship Glendale Raptors v San Francisco Golden Gate a t Infinity,, S a t u r d a y , M a y 1 7 , 3 p m


in Cape Town,” with, “55,000-odd people jammed in right on top of you, it is a cauldron. South African rugby fans are very passionate about the game and as a result, the Stormers have one of the best home field advantages around the league.” not all games and hard work “Typically we always had one day off a week at home or when we were travelling. Usually we would all plan an activity or two to get away from rugby completely. Besides these activities we would often do recovery sessions in the ocean if it was available nearby. Sometimes we would go to a water park for recovery. Running up stairs would be a good muscle loosener and the water is always good.” at the range On free days, activities on hand were many and varied says James: “We played golf, went out with the South African military and fired all the weapons in their arsenal; hunted, rented Harley Davidson motorcycles and drove up the Cape from Cape Town; went to Robben Island and saw where Nelson Mandela was held; as well as the odd safari, shark diving expeditions (and not just while in Durban!), go-kart racing, and often, a beach trip to take in the sights was on tap.”

When on tour with Highlanders, “There would be an entertainment group of four or five players that would be responsible for providing things to do. I was in this group and had a wild idea to try and organize a Harley ride while in Cape Province,” James recalls. “We started in Cape Town… there were five bikes and riders.” James, ever on target

“The scenery up the cape is stunning… one of the top places I have ever visited… golden sand beaches and beach houses… very Greek architecture scattered along the coast. It was awesome,” Paddo continues, “we stopped at a place where there were very aggressive monkeys. One of the lads saw a monkey slap a lady across her face and grab a sandwich out of her hands. Basically, it was just tooling up the coast in beautiful weather, stopping every so often to take in the scenery and study the marine and beach life.” Regards any bumps encountered along the coast road, so to speak, Paterson is quite candid: “Nope, but a few nerves as none of us had licenses. The guy that rented (the cycles) to us just did it because he loved rugby. We were worried about ending up in a cell, but the guy said if we got pulled over to just drop the rugby card.” Happily that eventuality did not occur. Next time: James Paterson’s Excellent Super Rugby Adventure, Part III - “To Infinity and Beyond”

Coach Ethan Pougnet’s Littleton HS Select Side travels to Albuquerque on the weekend for a shot at the title they won in 2012.

With Pougnet’s young guns as they seek the Fast Grail at Celtic 7s Tournament in New Mexico will be: Dallas Frye (former Colorado Springs Grizzlies and Higgins Rugby Scholarship-awardee), Kurt Werner (USA under-20s and Atlantic International College full-ride scholar), Danny O’Donnell (formerly of the Texas, U-19, High Performance squad) and Alex Markowski (ex-Colorado Springs high school Grizzlies stud and current Oklahoma University Sooners standout)

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McGregor to tackle image: vande

Colorado High School State Championships Colorado Springs Grizzlies made it five-in-a-row with victory over Denver East High Angels on Saturday in Glendale’s rugby stadium, The Kettle. On a warming spring afternoon with cloud cover, the defending state champs turned a tight, halftime advantage of 13-6 into a result of 33-6 at estimable (3rd in America, but easily #1 in our books!) field official Kurt Weaver’s last tweet. Denver East drew first blood in the 2nd minute on a sticksplitter, 30 meters out and in front of the posts, by senior and Middlebury College-bound scrumhalf, Jackson Bock: 3-nil Angels in the opening stages. Grizzlies first-center, senior and Colorado State University-bound Liam Wynne, leveled the tallies at 3-for-thehouse with a penalty goal struck from inside the left interior hash at 35 meters in the 5th minute of action. Angels were quick to the challenge along the three-quarters line with Coach Bill Baer’s midfield pairing of graduating senior Josh Spicely and sophomore phenom Adam Leonard proving disruptive to Grizzlies offensive schemes, while jitters and breezes caused handling miscues all over the park. East regained the lead as Bock stroked a penalty goal through from 25 meters and inside the right interior hashmark: 6-3 for Angels at minute 12. After an extended action that combined crashing maulwork, short bangers from the breakdown and first channel action in the backs, swift service from the Springs halfback to the three-quartersline had fullback Ashkon Golabi to space for his cross-and-dot; conversion pushed wide and new leader at 8-6 for Grizzlies in the 21st minute. With a won Springs lineout 30 meters from the Denver tryline Grizzlies flankers, Josh Gihring and Quentin McKenna (who has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps), combined for a scything 20 meters before breakdown and multiple phasework inside the East 22 meters zone; Colorado Springs worked the short pickand-goes laterally with explosive, first-channel bangs from hooker, Paddy Donovan, and the loping scoots of captain, senior and University of Arizona-bound, backrow lock Cam McGregor, until a grounding by outside center Josh Odom, and 13-6 the tallies after 27.

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East roared back and setup shop inside Springs 22, working the pill hard at a Grizzlies line that sagged yet refused to buckle under the redoubtable Angels onslaught; but a knock-on at time and clearance to touch ended the threat and the lads went to lockers for hydration, instruction and a re-working of action plans. The second thirty was all Colorado Springs with trys by #8, “The McGregor” at ‘36, a long-haul from USA under-20 star Seth Halliman at ’39 (converted by Wynne), The McGregor’s brace made at ’57 and a sticksplitter by Wynne at the death for the record: Scoring Denver East - Pen: Bock (2) Colorado Springs - Try: Golabi, Odom, McGregor (2) Halliman; Con: Wynne; Pen: Wynne (2) Awesome Match Officiating Crew: Kurt Weaver (Referee); Chris Brewer, Nick Tricarico (RAs)

In the White, or Division-2 final, PAC topped Jr Gents. Of note: Jr Gents second row and graduating senior, Felipe Martinez, has earned a prestigious Daniels Scholarship and will be attending the University of Denver in the fall, while sparkplug scrumhalf, Matt Williams, is off to University of California at Los Angeles where, in addition to their academic regimens, the Roaring Fork

Lineout takes

images: vande

In the Blue, or Division-3 championship match, Grand Junction’s Junior Griffins upended Ridgeview Academy, 27-22, in the hotly-contested match. A saucy little grubber by the Griffins flyhalf covered in goal by his winger made the margin of victory in that championship Denver Harlequins v Queensland Outback Barbarians

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Imminent lineout

image: h. Richard

Australia’s Outback Barbarians from the State of Queensland arrived in Denver, Colorado after making the windy passage across the prairie from Kansas City fit, form and ready to take on Denver Harlequins Tuesday evening at the Cooker. The lads from down under were making their sixth stop on an epic, five-week, 10-fixture American rugby journey that has included matches at New Orleans, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Kansas City and now Denver. The travelers will leave Denver for Las Vegas on Thursday and then continue on to San Diego, finally to conclude their American odyssey at their point of departure for home, LAX. When the tour is complete, the Outback Barbarians will have played 10 matches and covered more than 15,000 (24,000 km) air miles and just under one-quarter that via motor coach.

…and that lineout’s progression

all images: h. Richard

So when the impressive (35 players-strong) traveling troupe arrived in Denver after the aforementioned turbulent plains crossing - why is Kansas windy, anyways - one might have thought the doughty side (a number of whom were coached by famed age-grade instructor “Montana” Mark Moxon) should be a bit off their mark, what with the stresses of rolling across America, only stopping for a bit of footie and the requisite post-match tea, then on again… not so. The Outback Barbarians knocked and entered the Promised Land in obstreperous fashion 10 times over the course of the match well-administered by field official, Derek Summers, who has done a bit of traveling himself this spring with this being merely his second 2014 match reffed in-state. Barbos were aided in their 64-0 throttling of Quins by the unusual address 2014 Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship Glendale Raptors v San Francisco Golden Gate a t Infinity,, S a t u r d a y , M a y 1 7 , 3 p m


of goalkicker, Brendan McKeown, whose special approach to the conversion pill belied a deadly accuracy, range and precision. Barbarians will ship out Thursday for Big Audio Dynamite’s, V. Thirteen.

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Dallas Playoffs: May 17, 18 Spring Trail Park, Irving Texas (part of Dallas Metroplex) - 600 East Royal Lane 75039

Saturday Schedule M D-3:

#1

10:00am

Dallas Athletic v Life West Gladiators

Field 1

M D-3:

#2

10:00am

So Cal Kings v Kansas City Islanders

Field 2

W D-2:

#3

11:45am

Houston Athletic v Sacramento Amazons

Field 1

W D-2:

#4

11:45am

Las Vegas Slots v Kansas Jayhawks

Field 2

M D-2:

#5

1:30pm

Little Rock Stormers v Snake River Rugby

Field 1

M D-2:

#6

1:30pm

Tempe Old Devils v Glendale Raptors

Field 2

M D-1:

#7

3:15pm

New Orleans Rugby v Sacramento Lions

Field 1

W D-1:

#8

3:15pm

Santa Monica Dolphins v Denver Black Ice

Field 2

M D-1:

#9

5:00pm

Dallas Rugby v Los Angeles Rugby

Field 1

W D-1:

#10

5:00pm

Austin Valkyries v Oregon Sports Union

Field 2

Sunday Championships and 3rd-place Fixtures #11

Sunday 8:00am

Field 1

L – Match 1

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L – Match 2

#12

Sunday 8:00am

Field 2

L – Match 3

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L – Match 4

#13

Sunday 9:45am

Field 1

L – Match 5

v

L – Match 6

#14

Sunday 9:45am

Field 2

L – Match 8

v

L – Match 10

#15 Sunday 11:30am #16

Sunday 11:30am #17

Field 1 Field 2

Sunday 1:15pm

W – Match 1 L – Match 7

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v

W – Match 2

L – Match 9

W – Match 5 v

W – Match 6

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Sunday 1:15pm

Field 2

W– Match 3

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W – Match 4

#19

Sunday 3:00pm

Field 1

W – Match 7 v

W – Match 9

#20 Sunday 3:00pm

W – Match 8 v

W – Match 10

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USA Rugby - College Clubside Championships 15s

Championship Saturday, May 10 at Stanford

15s

Men’s Division 1-A Life University Running Eagles v St Mary’s University Gaels A brace of penalty strikes by Life fullback, Sam Crowley, against one for St. Mary’s inside center, Dylan Audsley, meant a 6-3 advantage to the Running Eagles at the conclusion of the first forty minutes of play, but numbers would be all Gaels in the second stanza with groundings by St. Mary’s fullback, Cooper Maloney and replacement flanker, Alec Barton one converted by Audsley - and a further pair of Audsley sticksplitters meant 21-6 championship joy at the end of 80 + for the California Celts. Scoring Gaels Running Eagles

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- Try: Maloney, Barton; Con: Audsley; Pen: Audsley (2); - Pen: Crowley (2)

Life University Running Eagles

St Mary’s University Gaels

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Women’s Division 1 Stanford University Cardinal v Pennsylvania State University Lions The Penn Statement on USA Rugby’s championship Saturday was concise, consummate and comprehensive as Lions absolutely throttled Stanford Cardinal, 38-0. Precise execution of the Big Cats offensive pattern and deliberate and daunting defense made a complete victory for the Keystone State XV as they doubled down successfully a 19-nil halftime lead for the 2014 USA Rugby Women’s College Division-1 clubside national title. Openside flanker, Elizabeth Cairns, dotted the first of half dozen Lions trys at minute 13, followed by a grounding by fullback, Amelia Bizer, converted by inside center, Lauren Schissler, and 12-nil midway through the first forty. A try just prior to time in the half by #8, Laura Lucas, was cashed by Schissler for the midpoint tallies. A trio of groundings by minute 60: a brace for tighthead prop, Hope Rogers, and a try by halfback BrieAnna Barto, along with two conversions by Schissler made the result at 80+. Scoring Cardinal Lions

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- Try: Cairns, Bizer, Lucas, Rogers (2), Barto; Con: Schissler (4)

Stanford University Cardinal

Pennsylvania State University Lions

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Final Rankings Top 40 - 2013-14 NSCRO Small College Men ISSUED: May 6, 2014

1. St. John’s University (Minnesota RFU). 10-0 2. New England College (New England RFU). 10-1 3. University of Denver (Eastern Rockies RFU). 14-1 4. Mount St. Mary’s University (Potomac Conference). 10-2 5. St. Edward’s University (Lonestar Conference). 10-1 6. Loyola University-New Orleans (Deep South Conference). 9-1 7. Santa Rosa JC (Northern California Conference). 10-1 8. University of Southern Indiana (Indiana RU). 8-1 9. Salve Regina University (Colonial Coast Conference). 8-2 10. Valdosta State University (Georgia RFU). 5-1 11. John Brown University (Mid-America GU). 7-1 12. Montclair State University (Empire GU Downstate). 8-1 13. New Mexico Highlands University (Eastern Rockies RFU). 9-2 14. Widener University (East Penn RU). 9-2 15. Pepperdine University (Gold Coast Conference). 9-3 16. Franciscan University (Three Rivers Conference). 9-1 17. Sewanee – The University of the South (Dixie Conference). 7-1 18. Roger Williams University (Colonial Coast Conference). 7-1 19. New Jersey Institute of Technology (Empire GU Downstate). 5-2 20. Gonzaga University (Pacific Northwest RFU). 5-1 21. University of Texas-Dallas (Lonestar RC). 9-3 22. Lord Fairfax Community College (Cardinals Conference). 6-2 23. Occidental College (Gold Coast Conference). 8-3 24. Western New England University (Colonial Coast Conference). 5-2 25. Colorado School of Mines (Eastern Rockies RFU). 5-2 26. Sonoma State University (Northeast California Conference). 6-2 27. University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Wisconsin RFU). 6-2 28. Central Connecticut State University (New England Wide Conference). 7-2 29. Union College (Empire GU Upstate). 9-2 30. University of St. Thomas (Minnesota RFU). 5-1 31. University of North Alabama (Dixie Conference). 6-1 32. Ave Maria College (Florida Union). 4-1 33. Wittenberg University (Ohio Conference). 7-2 34. Bowdoin College (New England GU). 6-2 35. Susquehanna University (East Penn RU). 7-3 36. Tennessee Tech (Dixie Conference). 4-2 37. Baldwin-Wallace University (Ohio Conference). 6-1 38. Robert Morris University (Three Rivers Conference). 5-3 39. Bucknell University (East Penn RU). 7-2 40. Paul Smith’s College (Empire GU Upstate). 5-3 Notes: 1. The above rankings and won-loss record shown are based on the 2013-14 Union / Conference league and playoff results as well as the NSCRO playoff results, strength of schedule and the input from NSCRO officials present at playoff events. 215 small colleges were eligible for the NSCRO playoffs. 2. The rankings include input from Union/Conference Collegiate Directors and various coaches.

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Regional College Access Guide

Colorado State University at Fort Collins website: http://www.admissions.colostate.edu/ rugby contact: blakestevens1@gmail.com Grand Canyon University - Arizona website: http://www.gcu.edu; http://www.gcurugby.com; rugby contact: ryan.kelly@my.gcu.edu; phone: 602.670.9063;

Lindenwood University - Missouri website: http://www.lindenwood.edu; admissions: eoliver@lindenwood.edu; phone: 636.949.4338; rugby contact: jstephenson@lindenwood.edu University of Northern Colorado at Greeley: website: http://www.unco.edu Men - http://www.unco.edu/campusrec/clubsport/mrugby.htm Women - http://www.unco.edu/campusrec/clubsport/wrugby.htm

Red Rocks Community College - Arvada, CO website: rrcc.edu; phone: 303.914.6010; rugby contact: rrrfc@me.com; phone - 303.547.7397 University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY website: www.uwyo.edu/; phone - 1.307.766.1121 club website: wyomingrugby.com; rugby contact: Finnoff@uwyo.edu Colorado Mesa University - Grand Junction, CO website: www.cmumavericks.com

also, coming when information arrives: University of Colorado - Boulder University of Colorado - Colorado Springs United States Air Force Academy Western State University Regis University New Mexico Highlands University University of Denver Colorado School of Mines

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*Final League Table

Won

Lost

Drawn

Match Points (MPts)

Glendale Raptors

11

1

0

56

San Francisco Golden Gate – SFGG

9

3

0

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Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Denver Barbarians Belmont Shore Olympic Rugby Club Santa Monica Dolphins

7 5 5 3 1

4 6 7 9 11

1 1 0 0 0

35 28 27 21 16

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Raptor Eye View

Inaugural Pacific Rugby Premiership Season 2014 Champions Cup

… all season long… this is the prize… now within our grasp

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7

20

Super XV for #10 Gareth Anscombe; Chiefs flyhalf has settled into Rugby #s the relief pivot slot well and five, the match-points win, 32-20 over Blues at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium; a brace of groundings for hosts tighthead, #3 Ben Tameifuna, in the victory; for #10 Beau Barrett as Hurricanes got the road win over Rebels, 25-15, in Melbourne; 1, 5-er for #13, ‘Canes captain, Conrad Smith, whilst Rebels groundings by #10, Bryce Hegarty, and #13, Tamati Ellison and 5 from the toe of #15, Jason Woodward, made for the homeside numbers; the point of separation ‘tween Highlanders and Lions, 23-22, at day’s end though that wasn’t nearly the case; with homeys ahead 23-nil at break, a try at 80 by Big Cats flyer, Courtnall Skosan, brought the travelers to the brink of joy, but the would-be winning conversion knocked off the posts; 4-try, losing bonus-point for those Cats was their 1 s t of season; also the differential after the 1 s t -40 at Brisbane before Crusaders absolutely opened up the bloody Reds in an impressive road kill, 57-29; 27 for the Christchurch #10, Colin Slade, on 5 penalties and 6 conversions struck; whilst home team did get a 4-try losing bonus point for their efforts, real crocodile tears for the Color Guard this day; 2 trys apiece for visitors flying #s 11 and 14, Nemani Nadolo and Johnny McNicholl; 5 running for Crusaders now-now; penalty strikes by Sharks #10, Frans Steyn, were leveled by 3 from Brumbies #12, Christian Lealiifano, but 1 try in the match by #5, powerplant Sam Carter, and its completion by Mr. Lealiifano brought the Mob within closehailing distance of the predatory ocean-goers who yet reside the S15 front seat after 9-16 defeat in Canberra; also the margin of victory as Force topped Cheetahs, 23-16, in Perth; 13 for home #10, Sias Ebersohn, on 3 penalties and 2 conversions of trys by #15 Jayden Hayward and #11, Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins; while 11 struck from the toe of Fast Cats #10, Johan Goosen, and a Boom Prinsloo grounding made for the scoreline at 80 + ; for Bulls #10 Handre Pollard on 5 penalties struck, 1 dropped goal and the conversion of 1, #14 Akona Ndungane try against 1 dozen for listing Stormers, meant 28-12 cheer for Oxen in Loftus Versfeld; 12-for the stadium at the half, though;

Sharks yet leading the pack with 36 MPts, but their recent loss has enabled Chiefs (35 MPts) and Brumbies (34) to close. Crusaders (31) and Force (31) within a weekend’s happiness of the topspot also as we approach the season’s midway station.

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Friday, 5.16.14 Hurricanes (30) v Highlanders (30) at ifWestpac: for possible second spot in NZRC and wild card position; bang, bang, bang; Saturday, 5.17.14 Crusaders (31) v Sharks (36) at AMI: home team can ill afford a letdown after comprehensive dusting of Reds last week; however, should Crusaders rerig that gig and reprise last week’s effort, they may well find themselves at the top of the shop come 80 + this rugbyday; Reds (17) v Rebels (17) at Suncorp: loser gets the conference cellar; Stormers (15) v Force (31) at Newlands: homeys on griddle once more with victory need; travelers, too, should like the win: Cheetahs (15) v Brumbies (30) at Free State: shocking wild horse roundup? Sunday, 5.18.14 Waratahs (25) v Lions (18) at Allianz: homeboys should find joy in Sydney post- bye, but travelers could surprise; Blues, Bulls, Chiefs on the bye Australian Rugby Conference

Club Brumbies Force Waratahs Rebels Reds

Won Lost Drawn 8 7 6 3 3

3 4 4 7 8

MPts

0 0 0 1 0

34 31 29 17 17

New Zealand Rugby Conference

Club Chiefs Crusaders Hurricanes Highlanders Blues

Won Lost Drawn 6 7 6 6 5

3 3 5 4 6

2 0 0 0 0

MPts 35 31 30 30 25

South Africa Rugby Conference

Club Sharks Bulls Lions Cheetahs Stormers

Won Lost Drawn 8 5 4 2 3

3 6 7 9 8

0 1 0 1 0

MPts 36 28 18 16 15

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Aviva Premiership: Top four playoff - #1 v #4; #2 v #3; Final Table, playoff upcos, predictos

Saracens in first at last shout, though loss at Leicester, 27-31, while resting a player or two meant no double-decade wins for the frontrunners; Harlequins sorted Bath an early vacation while ensuring themselves a shot at Sarries this weekend in the playoffs semifinal frames, 19-16; Northampton Saints, who’ve been somewhat erratic this season, will host El Tigres in the other semifinal on the weekend.

Wo n

Lo st Dr a wn

M Pt s

Sar ac en s

19

3

0

87

N o r th am p t o n Sa in t s

16

4

2

78

Le ice ster T i ger s

15

5

2

74

Har leq u in s

15

7

0

67

B ath R u gb y

14

6

2

67

Sa le Sh ar k s

12

10

0

57

Lo n d o n W asp s

9

13

0

49

E xeter Ch ie fs

9

13

0

45

Glo u ce ster Ru gb y

8

14

0

44

Lo n d o n Ir ish

7

15

0

36

N ewc ast l e F a lc o n s

3

19

0

22

Wo r ce st er War r io r s

2

20

0

16

3.23

Friday, 5.16.14 Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton: Homeboys got any points left after rolling Stingers last? or will Big, Strong Cats rend and tear home team in the opening semi? Prediction: Saints 33, Tigers 35

Saturday, 5.17.14 Saracens v Harlequins at Copthall Stadium, London: with Owen Farrell back in the pivot, Quins fine, leggy finish at 5-0 will be ended by the club what last beat them; Prediction: Saracens 28, Harlequins 24

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French Top XIV: Ding ding!!! Castres with the road-shocker over Clermont, 22-16; 17 for #9, Rory Kockott, on 5, 3pointers and the conversion of a Rémi Lamerat grounding just past the threeWobarrage n Lo s t stage Dr a wn M Pt s quarters mark in the of the T14 playoffs; Not to be outdone, the Racing Metro traveling show a huge success at Toulouse, though maybe not seen as such by the home crowd; Jonathon Sexton, rocking and rolling his Metrons right along into the next stage with seven-from-seven, three-pointers notched in the travelers 21-16 road joy in the South; …if you’re in the north of France on the weekend (i.e. not at Infinity for Premiership Final), put the oi in your boing! and go to Lille, where mighty fine Belgian lager can be had, also the T14 semis… de coeur! To u lo n M o n tp e l li er Cl er m o n t Au ver gn e To u lo u s e R ac in g M e tr o Ca str e s Stad e Fr an ç a is B o r d eau x B e g le s B r i ve B ayo n n e Gr en o b le O yo n n a x Per p i gn an B iar r it z

16 15 15 13 15 13 14 13 11 11 11 11 10 5

9 10 10 11 9 11 11 13 13 14 13 14 15 20

1 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 1

77 76 73 69 69 66 65 64 61 54 53 51 51 30

1.81 Upcoming the T-14

more Semis

Friday, 5.16.14: Toulon v Racing Metro at Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille: With opposing Jons at standoff, the outcome could turn on a three-pointed toe, but we’re betting there’ll be a bunch a’ fives, too: Toulon 33, Racing Metro 32; Saturday, 5.17.14: Montpellier v Castres at Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille: Castres have beaten Montpellier in both league matches this season, last time in mid-April; third time charm? for whom? Montpellier, who rested on the weekend, finished strong with five won of their final half dozen league games - the loss coming at Castres: Montpellier 27, Castres 17

Championship Saturday: 5.31.14 at Stade de France

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RaboDirect PRO12 - final table Wo n

Lo st

Dr a wn

M Pt s

Le in s ter

17

4

1

82

Gl as go w

18

4

0

79

M u n ster

16

5

0

74

U lst er

15

7

0

70

Osp r ey s

13

8

1

66

Scar le ts

11

10

1

55

Car d if f B lu es

8

13

1

41

Ed in b u r gh

7

15

0

38

Dr a go n s

7

14

1

35

Co n n ach t

6

16

0

35

B en etto n Tr e v is o

5

16

1

30

Z eb r e

5

15

2

29

2.4

3 Irish Provinces and Glasgow Warriors in semis

Friday, May 16: Leinster v Ulster at Royal Dublin Society: home team have too much going for them… from the park to icon BDO’s finale, it’ll be the big numbers in Dublin: Leinster 32, Ulster 20

Saturday, May 17: Glasgow v Munster at Scotstoun: crisp, clean-running Stuart Hogg and mates host Paul O’Connell and friends at the Glasgow fortress; mind-numbing crashes and slippery bashes all over this show: Glasgow 18, Munster 19

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Heineken Cup Championship

Saracens at The Millennium Stadium

versus Toulon Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, May 24

Both finalists topped their respective domestic competitions, the championships of which will finish in the interval between now and the H-Cup Championship. So we’ll reserve comment until those comps are complete.

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*Daktari’s Rugby Cypher* last week’s solution: “At the end of the season I will end my professional rugby career with pleasure,” Lyon forward, Sebastien Chabal Daktari w/1 s t response of accuracy today’s cryp below

New Daktari meets Old San Juan

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WO YOVSCOM’U OYP SWWE CVCROUL CHULXCSRC: “LFRU SWWEU C VWWM LYCB WO QCQYX SYLU UYY FWP RL SWWEU WO VXCUU.” ORVYS BYSARSSY (1984) hint: U = S text is encrypted to solve: substitute letters in the pattern above to determine the rugby-related phrase.

RSVP the cryp

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Down the Whistler

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Best Try Time Zebo for Munster in ‘13 Edwards v All Blacks in ‘73

XV rugby time

that one by Fa’amausili kick&catch?

&run, he ran very quickly after

oh right what about London? that man glides… …ghosts… Schilling v Raptors Pangelinan dervishlike thru the defensive wall…

One time… I scored a try

…gets there… don’t he just?

well ya

… in Dublin’s fair city where everyone’s pretty it’s there I first set eyes on Molly Malone… as she wheeled her barrow thru streets broad and narrow…

war on?

… screaming, “Cockles and mussels a-live, alive, oh!”…

wargame

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