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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
DII Playoff Picture Updated
Clubs - Men's DII Clubs


The nationwide club restructure is making its debut this season, and we've mapped out the road to the postseason for DII men. There are eight competitive regions, whose champions advance to the national quarterfinals. Here’s a look at how each CR will fill its playoffs, and what teams are in the driver’s seat for postseason berths.

While different competitive regions have their own nomenclature for their competitions, for our purposes we are using the typical Region/Conference/Division system.

NCR1 (Midwest)

All regular season play was done in the fall. Unlike every other CR, this one has extended playoffs. The West conference was split into two divisions – North and South. The top two teams from each will cross over against each other in the quarterfinals. The East conference was split into two divisions, as well – Ohio/Pennsylvania and Michigan/Indiana, and they’ll also cross over against each other.

The quarterfinals were played last weekend with all four of the top seeded teams advancing. The semifinals will feature the Eastside Banshees taking on Wisconsin while the Detroit Tradesman battle Cleveland Eastern Suburbs.

April 12/19

QF: Eastside Banshees 24-7 South Side Irish

QF: Wisconsin 31-8 St. Paul Jazz Pigs

QF: Detroit Tradesmen 36-12 Pittsburgh

QF: Cleveland Eastern Suburbs 29-27 Indianapolis Impalas

April 26

SF: Eastside vs. Wisconsin

SF: Detroit vs. Cleveland

May 3

Final


NCR2 (old South)

There are three conferences in this CR – True South, Carolinas and Florida. The two DII teams in Georgia, Atlanta Renegades and Atlanta Old White, are playing in the Carolinas. Since the Carolinas are hosting the CR semifinals and finals in Charlotte May 3-4, they get a second bid to the championship weekend.

Charlotte and Atlanta Old White advanced out of the Carolinas/Georgia conference and will meet for the third time this season.

Chattanooga cruised through the True South and will battle the winner of the Florida Conference.

The Florida spot in this CRC will be decided this weekend when #1 Miami takes on #3 Ft Lauderdale. Ft. Lauderdale is hitting its stride right now after upsetting Boca Raton last weekend.  Miami outlasted Krewe with a six-point victory.

 May 3-4 – Charlotte, NC

SF: Charlotte vs. Atlanta Old White

SF: Chattanooga vs. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Final


NCR3 (old Mid-Atlantic)

Two conferences – Capitol and Eastern Penn. The top four teams from each advance to the quarterfinals.

In the Capitol, only two teams miss out on the CR quarterfinals. Rocky Gorge went undefeated claiming the top spot, while Washington, Washington Irish and Richmond finished 2nd 3rd and 4th respectively.

In Eastern Penn, Wilmington took first ahead of Doylestown.  Media and Lancaster took the final two spots.

Here are the results from the quarter-finals this past weekend:

April 12

QF: Wilmington 68-14 Richmond

QF: Doylestown 73-38 Washington Irish

QF: Rocky Gorge 76-7 Lancaster

QF: Washington vs Media (Media won) 


April 26-27

Wilmington, Delaware

SF: Wilmington vs. Media

SF: Doylestown vs. Rocky Gorge

Final


NCR4 (old Northeast)

In Empire, top seeded Monmouth beat Union 81-24 while Buffalo upended Princeton 25-22. Monmouth takes on Buffalo this weekend for a date with the New England champs.

In New England, the playoffs are set for April 19 with Amoskeag at New Haven and Hartford at Portland. A week later they decide a champion, and then the New England winner visits the Empire winner on May 3.

May 3

New England #1 at Empire #1


ACR1 (old Pacific Coast)

Northern California and the Pacific Northwest make up this competitive region.

The Pacific Northwest championship went to Snake River after they defeated ORSU. Snake River plays the winner of Northern California.

PNW
SF: Snake River 52-17 Pacific Rover
SF: ORSU 32-23 Axemen

Final: Snake River 22-8 ORSU


In Northern California, the Blackhawks and Vacaville will play for the right to face Snake River.

May 3 will be a playoff between the NorCal champs and Snake River for the ACR1 spot.

Snake River v NorCal #1 (location TBD)


ACR2 (old Southern California)

Two conferences – Southern California and Arizona/New Mexico.

Southern California is an 11-team conference decided by a traditional league table. They finished play last weekend and the table finished with Oceanside, Pasadena, North county Gurkas and Huntington Beach finishing 1-4 respectively.

The other conference is split into divisions across state lines. The top two teams in Arizona play the top two teams in New Mexico in a semifinal/final format April 19-20, with the winner playing the SoCal champion May 3rd for the right to move to the national quarterfinals. Tempe took the Arizona title after beating Red Mountain twice.

April 19/20

QF: Oceanside vs. Huntington Beach

QF: Pasadena vs. North County Gurkas

QF Tempe vs. El Paso

QF: Red Mountain vs Albuquerque


April 26-27

SF: Oceanside/HB vs Pasadena/North County

SF: Tempe/El Paso vs. Red Mountain/Albuquerque

Final
Arizona/NM champ vs. SoCal champ


ACR3 (old West minus Texas)

Mid-America and Eastern Rockies are the two conferences. Both have split seasons, so they played a chunk of games in the fall and the rest in the spring. The top two teams in each table advance to semifinals and finals May 3rd and 4th in Glendale, Colo.

Because the Mid-America has just four teams (St. Louis Ramblers the fourth) each team was charged with playing two out-of-conference games against DII competition that would count toward the league table. No two teams are playing the same out-of-conference opponents.

Currently the St. Louis Bombers and Kansas City have wrapped up Mid-America and are only fighting for seeding.

Park City and Glendale currently hold the top two spots in the Eastern Rockies.

May 3-4 – Glendale, Colo.

SF: Eastern Rockies 1 vs. Mid-America 2

SF: Mid-America 2 vs. Eastern Rockies 2

Final


ACR4 (Red River (Texas))

Three conferences. Two of them, the North and South, play home-and-away against conference rivals and home-or-away against inter-conference opponents. The third conference, made up of DI second sides (DI-B), is completely autonomous.

The three conference winners and a wild-card advance to the playoff.

Although Oklahoma City jumped out to an early lead, it could not sustain the momentum down the stretch.  Little Rock ended up winning the division with Tulsa finishing in second.

HURT secured the South Division title with a 9-1 record.

The DI-B division is still up for grabs. Dallas Reds and Austin Blacks are neck and neck. Until the final games are played in that conference, it is not possible to know who will take home the wild-card spot.

The wild-card team cannot play a team from their own division so the playoff matchups are still undetermined.


 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: PRP Highlights Belmont Shore v Santa MonicaRound 11
MultiMedia - Shows and Highlights


PRPIn Round 11 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership, with Belmont Shore playing Santa Monica in the Southern California Dust.














 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:29    PDF Print Write e-mail
Mount St, Mary's Successful on and Off the Field
Colleges - Small Colleges


The Mount St. Mary's University men’s club rugby team is preparing to play in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) "Final Four" in Glendale, Colo. on April 26-27 against New England College. The club won the NSCRO Mid-Atlantic South regional championship on the weekend of March 29-30 and while there, they visited a children's hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

It was inspiring for the Mount students and I think the children enjoyed it as well...one of the patients accepted the championship trophy for the team.

Steve Cohen, NSCRO President, commented that "this is really what collegiate rugby is all about.  It is more than just 80 minutes of running and passing a ball, it is about the development of young adults into personally and socially responsible people."

One of the young girls the team visited was discharged from the hospital just prior to the games kickoff.  She came out to support the team and accepted the championship trophy on their behalf.

NSCRO Final Four team Mount St. Mary's

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:42    PDF Print Write e-mail
Ravenwood Dominates Crosstown Rivals
School Age - Boys


With the Tennessee HS playoffs right around the corner, the Ravenwood HS rugby team headed into Wednesday night's home contest against Brentwood with a chance to show why it's won back-to-back state titles.

Even though the matchup was labeled as the Battle of the Woods, the Raptors had very little trouble conquering their top rival, routing the Brumbies 83-5.

"We've had a good year so far by blowing out practically every team we've played," said senior fly-half Zach Stuart. "It's always great to get a win against Brentwood."

Stuart scored four times in the victory, while junior scrum-half Jeffrey Rein recorded three tries and went 8-for-10 on conversions.

"They bring a lot of speed and great decision-making to our team," RHS head coach Richard Boone said about his leading scorers. "The speed of their decision-making is outstanding and they are the most physically fit players we have."

Rein's dominance started early as a BHS error set up the play of the night.

After an offsides penalty at their own 40-meter line, the Brumbies began to backpedal. While 12 of their players went back, their fullback and wingers never repositioned, leaving plenty of open field behind them.

Without hesitation, Rein took the ball and punted it downfield. With the ball still in flight, he sprinted past the opposition, caught the it in stride and went in for a try.

"No one was back there and we have a play for that," Rein said. "We just kick up and under. I usually don't get it. It's usually the pack players that get it, but it just came right to me."

Following his try, Rein kicked in the conversion to put his team up 12-0 with 25 minutes left in the half.

It didn't take long for RHS to light up the scoreboard again as flanker Jordan Lowe pounded it in for his second score of the evening to give the Raptors a 19-0 edge.

Six minutes later, it was Zach Stuart's time to shine as he earned his first try of the night to give RHS a 26-0 lead.

With the Brumbies on their heels, the Raptors continued to push the pace as Rein scored two tries in the next five minutes to go up 40-0. Both of his scores came off of quick taps after Brentwood penalties.

"We had a lot of scores off of quick taps and goes, and that's where we took advantage of them," Boone said. "Every penalty Brentwood had, we'd quick tap and go and they had no answer."

Ravenwood entered the second half with a 45-0 advantage.

Facing little resistance, the Raptors continued to pour on the points.

With three more tries by Stuart, and scores from outside center Will Johnson and five-man Clark Landers, RHS went on to win 83-5.

While Ravenwood's athleticism took over Wednesday night, Boone said his team's experience was the deciding factor.

"Most of our boys have been playing since the fifth grade," he said. "Rugby's a thinking-man's game and it shows. We have a few more athletes and a lot more experience. Brentwood is rebuilding. They're young and they're going to be good in the future.

"Next year, this game is going to be a whole lot different."

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:05    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi Forms Partnership with CWU Rugby
Colleges - Men's DI College


SEATTLE – Serevi Rugby® (serevirugby.com), a leading provider of on-field programming for players and coaches from beginner to the U.S. National Team, has partnered with Central Washington University Rugby to help the Wildcats regularly compete for national championships, produce Olympic and National Team-worthy athletes, and to grow participation in the sport on campus.

Justin Fitzpatrick working with the CWU team. Below, Waisale Serevi and Ben Gollings doing the game.
Waisale Serevi at CWU
Ben Gollings at CWU

Through a three-year agreement, Serevi – a provider of the USA Rugby Academy and official youth partner of USA Rugby – will deliver on-field coaching support in both rugby 15s and 7s, program and recruitment support in the form of talent identification and referrals to CWU coaches, and off-field analysis of CWU games and specific technical aspects of training.

"Given the strong foundation of rugby already in place at Central Washington, we believe our coaches and skill-building techniques can take their program to the next level to compete with any university in the country," said Ross Young, CEO of Serevi Rugby. "As we help to continue the upward momentum of CWU's rugby program, we also want to build the base of those interested in the game, so more crossover athletes are exposed and see the opportunities rugby can provide to them."

To strengthen player recruitment and build awareness of the Central Washington's rugby facilities, Serevi and CWU Rugby will hold residence camps for youth players from across the region on campus during the summer school breaks. Through the partnership, Serevi will also help in the development of up-and-coming CWU assistant coaches through short-term observation and practical internships with the USA Rugby Academy powered by Serevi, the "Serevi Selects" elite level men's and women's teams, and the Serevi supported and nationally ranked Seattle OPSB men’s club rugby team.

"From hands-on skill development of our players, to improving the visibility of our program in the larger world of rugby, to the further development of our coaching strategies, partnering with the team at Serevi is going to improve our program from top to bottom," said Tony Pacheco, Director of Rugby and Men’s Rugby Head Coach for CWU. "Through this partnership we expect to recruit and train the top rugby players in the nation so we can play for national titles each year, produce outstanding young men and women, and develop talented players who can someday represent our country on the rugby field."

Leading Serevi's coaching team in the CWU partnership is Pate Tuilevuka, a former USA Eagle player, professional in Europe, and veteran of collegiate game having been a three-year starter at Brigham Young University. Throughout the year-long program Serevi will also provide training from the leading coaches today's game including International Rugby Board (IRB) Hall of Fame member and winner of two Rugby 7s World Cups Waisale Serevi, the IRB’s all time leading 7s scorer Ben Gollings, Irish veteran and USA Men's Rugby assistant coach Justin Fitzpatrick, and Serevi's pool of existing coaches including a number of current USA Eagles.

In late 2013 Serevi announced a national partnership with USA Rugby, the sport's national governing body, to launch a national network of High Performance Training Camps under the umbrella of the USA Rugby Academy – powered by Serevi. Throughout the winter and spring of 2014, these Training Camps have identified top players and put them on a specific development pathway to the men's and women's U.S. National Teams. The partnership also created a series of youth development programs which introduce and build a core set of skills applicable to both 15s and 7s rugby and across the youth, high school and collegiate player spectrum, as well as to coaches at all levels.


 


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