Experience Wins Out in 2nd AA Clash

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - An experienced Wellington Old Boys Team gave the Collegiate All-Americans a lesson in playing the conditions, today, beating the young U.S. side 20-5 at the Basin Reserve Cricket Oval in Wellington.

The rain that preceded the game continued throughout and was joined by a cold southerly gale. With standing water on the ground, the home side dominated territory in the first half, scoring 15 unanswered points.

The All-Americans had to rely on their kicking game in the second half, but despite dominating territory only crossed the try line once with a try by replacement Matt Byrd.

It was only in the final stages of the game that the All-Americans began to feel comfortable with the conditions, whilst the home side had the appropriate skills to handle the conditions with confidence throughout.

A new experience for many, and several lessons learned as the Collegiate All-Americans prepare for their final match of the tour against New Zealand Universities on Wednesday, July 30.

Tries: Byrd

Starting Lineup
1. Seth Strauss (Life University), 2. Conner Coyne (St. Mary’s College of California), 3. Jake Grubb (Arkansas State University), 4. Eric Frye (University of California – Berkeley), 5. Hayden Smith (Metropolitan State College of Denver), 6. Ryan Duklas (University of Wisconsin – Whitewater), 7. Joe Fontana (San Diego State University), 8. Tommy Pasque (University of Colorado), 9. Zachary Triplett (University of California - Berkeley), 10. Maximo de Achaval (c) (University of Colorado), 11. Ryan Taylor (University of California – Berkeley), 12. Jordan Kohn (University of Arizona), 13. Marco Barnard (Kutztown University), 14. Blaine Scully (UCLA), 15. Luke Roberts (Penn State University).

16. Joseph Welch (University of California – Berkeley), 17. Christopher Frederick (U.S. Military Academy), 18. Tony Lewis (University of Nebraska – Omaha), 19. Patrick Danahy (Stanford University), 20. Chad Clark (St. Mary’s College of California), 21. Keegan Englebrecht (University of California – Berkeley), 22. Matthew Byrd (University of Utah).

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