The 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships are taking place this weekend at PPL Park, regularly the home of the Philadelphia Union. Rubgy Sevens is a variant of Rugby Union where just 7 players, rather than 15 play much shorter matches. Teams engage in pool play this afternoon and face off in the championship matches tomorrow. The Dropkick Murphy's will conclude festivities today with a love concert.â†µ
Penn State and Temple's rugby teams were in action, with the Nittany Lions in a tough Pool A with defending champions Cal-Berkeley.
“Cal is the National Powerhouse of Collegiate rugby and sets the standard that we try to compete with,” explained Penn State Men’s Assistant Coach Joseph Pullara. “It will certainly be a team effort for us this year.”â†µ
Penn State got their day off to a great start with a 14-12 win over LSU and a 12-10 victory over rival Ohio State. Not surprisingly, they were pummeled by Cal 26-7 in the 17th match of the day.â†µ
Temple and their fledgling Rugby program came into this tournament as big underdogs and unfortunately are off to a rough start being shutout in their first two matches, first by highly rated Arizona and then by Texas.â†µâ†µ