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Rocky Mountain Challenge U-17 Rugby day 1 at Aurora Sports Park

Rocky Mountain Challenge

Photo by Rick Gustafson
Rocky Mountain Challenge Photo by Rick Gustafson

Photo by Rick Gustafson

The Eastern Rockies Rugby Union’s (ERRFU) Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge Rugby Tournament kicked off at the Aurora Sports Park Saturday morning with the Under 17 (U-17) round-robin pool stage.

Northern California dominated play in Pool A with wins over Wisconsin and Louisiana. The two victories advanced Northern California’s select side into the championship bracket to face Pool C winners Utah. Utah advanced to the U-17 semifinals by shutting out San Francisco Golden Gate and dominating Heart of America Rugby Football Union.

Minnesota and Wisconsin secured the final two semifinal bracket positions. Minnesota advanced by dominating Texas and shutting out ERRFU (Colorado) in Pool C. Wisconsin captured the final slot, despite going 1-1 in Pool A, by virtue of total points scored in their matches against Northern California and Louisiana.

2010 Rocky Mountain Challenge
Aurora, Colorado
Under 17 - Saturday, June 19, 2010
Pool A     Pool B     Pool C  
No. California 19   Texas 30   Utah 20
Wisconsin 14   ERRFU 3   SFGG 5
No. California 48   Minnesota 29   Utah 32
Louisiana 5   Texas 8   HOA 5
Wisconsin 37   Minnesota 39   HOA 43
Louisiana 0   ERRFU 0   SFGG 22
Under 17 - Sunday, June 20, 2010
Semifinals     Consolation        
Utah     Texas        
No. California     SFGG      
Minnesota     ERRFU        
Wisconsin     Louisiana        
Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (Colorado)
SFGG - San Francisco Golden Gate
HOA -Heart of America Rugby Football Union

Texas and San Francisco meet in the first consolation round, as will Colorado and Louisiana. Heart of America’s 1-1 pool record earned them a first round bye in the consolation round Sunday.

Tournament Rules
In the U-17 division, nine select sides (equivalent to all state), representing their respective regional rugby unions from across the country, competed in three pools of three teams each.

The top four pool winners advanced to Sunday’s semifinals. The five teams not qualifying for the championship rounds moved into the consolation pool. 

High school rugby, matches are typically played in two thirty minute halves with a ten-minute halftime. To accommodate rules limiting high school athletes to 90 minutes of play in a single day, tournaments where teams play two games each day, such as the Rocky Mountain Challenge, shorten halves to 27 minutes each.


About the Rocky Mountain Challenge
The Rocky Mountain Challenge is one of five regional tournaments in the United States where USA Rugby evaluates emerging players for its Elite High Performance Development System.

Selected players may have the opportunity to compete as part of the Under 20 and Under 18 USA National Teams.

Both teams will represent the United States in international competitions during 2010.

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