Photo by Rick Gustafson
The final pool stage of the Under 19 (U-19) division of the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union’s (ERRFU) Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Challenge that began at Aurora Sports Park Saturday, wrapped up Sunday morning with two standouts.
Both Texas and Utah emerged as pool stage winners having remained unbeaten in all three of their respective pool matches. The two unbeatens will closeout the tournament on Sunday afternoon in the Rocky Mountain Challenge U-19 Championship Final.
|2010 Rocky Mountain Challenge|
|Under 19 - Saturday, June 19, 2010|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|Wisconsin||23||Heart of America||8|
|Texas||41||Heart of America||12|
|Under 19 - Sunday, June 20, 2010|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|Arizona||0||Heart of America||5|
|Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (Colo)|
|San Francisco Golden Gate|
|HOA -Heart of America|
Heart of America and Minnesota Rugby Football Union reached the tournament’s playoff for third place, ERRFU (Colorado) meets Wisconsin for fifth place, and Florida and Arizona rounded out the brackets in the seventh-place playoff.
About High U-19 Rugby
In the U-19 division, eight select sides (equivalent to all state), representing their regional rugby unions from across the country, competed in two pools of four teams each.
The top two pool winners advanced to Sunday’s U-19 Final, and the remainder moved in to their respective playoffs based on their performances in their three pool matches.
U-19 and 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.