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2012 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏ Recap

Dartmouth vs Arizona for 2012 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship

The College Rugby Championships returned to Philadelphia, the two day tournament featured 16 of the best college rugby teams in the nation; Dartmouth is the defending champion of this event, the sixteen teams that took part in it was the following:

University of Arizona, Army,
University of California
University of Delaware, University of Florida
University of Maryland,
Navy, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Temple, Texas, Wisconsin, Life University

I was at day two of the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏ & this was the 1st sports event that I was covering as a member of the Philadelphia Sports Media, The first match that started Day two was University of Delaware vs. Life University.

Here are some of the Day 2 Results:

Life beat Delaware 12 – 5
Dartmouth beat Wisconsin 35 – 5
Arizona defeated Navy 26 – 5
Cal over TX 54 – 5
Maryland beat Penn State 28 – 26
Florida over Temple 29 – 24
Oklahoma over Notre Dame 21 – 19
NC State beat Army 22 – 7

The two matches that stood out in the early action in day two was the Temple Florida & Maryland Penn State Match. The Temple Florida Match went into Overtime & the Penn State Maryland Match was a nail bitter with Maryland coming from behind to win. Then it came down to the Final Four in the Championship & Challenger Bracket: in the Challenger Bracket, it was Maryland vs. Oklahoma, & Florida vs. NC State, in the Championship Bracket it was Arizona vs. Life University & California vs. Dartmouth. Florida defeated NC State 31-5 & Maryland defeated Oklahoma 32-12, Florida & Maryland would advance to Challenger Bracket Finals. In the Championship Bracket, Arizona defeated Life University 19-12 & Dartmouth defeated California 21-19 in come from behind fashion. Dartmouth & Arizona would advance to the Championship Match of the 2012 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏. California took on Life University in the 3rd Place game. California defeated Life University 26-7 to win the Bronze Medal. Florida defeated Maryland 20-14 to win the Challenger Bracket. Dartmouth defeated Arizona 24-5 to win their 2nd straight college rugby championship.

Once the Rugby action was all completed, there was a Post match Concert that was featured by 12 Stones, Stolen Rhodes & Breathe Carolina. During the Stolen Rhodes Concert, they gave a shoutout to my friend Andrew Kaufmann to the song “Falling Off the Edge of the World”

Overall the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏ has been very successful in the  2 years it has been held in Philadelphia and having the event take place at PPL Park.  After talking to some of the event personal, in saying that the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏ would return to PPL Park for 2013 & 2014

Below are some Pictures that I took from the Event:

Dartmouth Wins 2012 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship‏:

California vs. Life University in 3rd Place match:

Florida beat Maryland to Win Challenger Bracket:

Press Box View of Florida vs. NC State match: