Experience Wins Out in 2nd AA Clash
25 Jul 2008
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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.
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).