Henderson, NV – The wind brought in some very cold weather and made a rough day worse for the rugby faithful but we soldiered on and witnessed some great competition. After yesterday’s pool play, our oldest son was moved up from his representative team to play on the Utah Cannibals select side in the elite competition against some of the nations best teams.
They lost their first game to the High School All-American team, a very exceptionally talented group of players who have been selected to represent the United States in international competitions and tours. In their second game they played an equally talented team from British Columbia, Canada. They had their chances to put the game away but some careless mistakes and crucial turnovers proved too costly and notched a second loss for the team. In their final game of the day they played a second team from B.C., Canada that ended in a draw thanks to some last minute heroics by our team. All and all it was a good day for our Cannibals but it could have been a much better result with better ball handling and defense.
Our second oldest played with an All-Star Under-16 team from Utah that blew out all three teams that they met throughout the day. His team really gelled well, they moved the ball with precision and limited their opponents attacking options. He played really well and helped setup his teammates for scoring opportunities.
This evening we were at Sam Boyd Stadium here in Henderson, NV to watch the opening day of the USA Rugby Sevens competition. We arrived in time to watch matches between teams like New Zealand, Uruguay, Spain, France, Australia, the United States and of course our beloved Samoa who barely squeaked by Spain and the United States in their pool.
Tomorrow Samoa will finish pool play against the mighty Australians. Our oldest will finish out his USA Sevens experience with quarter finals and a chance to move on to the later rounds while our second oldest will most likely play for the final in his age group.
The life of a rugby dad continues tomorrow.