After defeating the New Zealand Universities 60-17 in the first of a three-match series last Saturday, the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans are set for the second encounter.
After defeating the New Zealand Universities 60-17 in the first of a three-match series last Saturday, the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans are set for the second encounter. The game kicks off at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California – Santa Barbara at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game will be webcast live on USA Rugby’s UStream channel.
All-Americans Head Coach, Alexander Magleby has made numerous changes to the forward pack, replacing entirely the front and second rows from the first game. Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley) moves from the flank to eight man and Garrett Lambert (Life University) will start at openside flanker. Lambert's Life teammate and USA international, Cam Dolan, will look to make an impact on the blindside.
The backline has fewer changes with Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona), following a three-try performance in the series opener, sliding to fullback in place of Blaine Scully (University of California – Berkeley). Life University’s Kyle Grossheider will start on the wing.
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Magleby was pleased with the team’s performance on Saturday, but knows that the All-Americans can’t afford to sit on their laurels in the second match.
“We have been getting better, but the time for improvement is quickly running out on this tour. We have targeted a few areas we feel we can control and improve in a short amount of time and the players have done a great job taking them on board in the last couple of days,” Magleby said.
The coach also acknowledged that that the traveling New Zealand team shouldn’t be taken lightly, and will be looking to exact revenge on the hosts.
“There will be plenty of work to do against a quality, skilled, and wounded opponent. That’s an enormously exciting challenge.”
The match will be webcast live on www.ustream.tv/usarugby. Follow the All-Americans on Twitter (@aarugby) for real time match updates.
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