Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stanford Finishes Middle of the Table at 10′s Tournament

Steuber Stadium, Stanford California

Stanford’s Cardinal and White teams, composed of two balanced sides of new and returning players, finished 5th and 6th respectively out of 8 teams at the long running Stanford 10′s Rugby Tournament. On a beautiful Fall day, Stanford improved throughout the day, in particular the rookie players, many of whom were getting their first taste of the game on the day. The new blood featured an optimism inducing mix of commitment, athleticism, energy and physicality. While this was the first steps for the 2011/12 season, it was a positive one for a new team that hopes to build on last seasons playoff run. The Cardinal’s next game is the Alumni Day scrimmage on Sunday November 13th from 11 am- 2 pm at Steuber Stadium. They then play Cal Maritime in a scrimmage at 4pm on Friday November 18th at Steuber Stadium.

Stanford Host Inaugural Pacific Coast Sevens Championship


Photo: Michael Geib Championship Game Colorado vs. Utah

Steuber Rugby Stadium- Stanford, California

Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd Stanford hosted the two-day Pacific Coast Sevens Championship during a beautiful Stanford homecoming weekend. The two day tournament featured picture perfect weather and a dazzling display of entertaining sevens rugby from 10 teams from the Pacific Twelve Conference. In the end, Colorado held on to defeat Utah 14-12 in a thrilling final. The tournament serves as a qualifier to USA Rugby’s Sevens National Championship to be held this December.

Stanford finished the tournament 3-3 overall and in 6th place with two dramatic come from behind victories over UCLA and Arizona State in which the game was won on the final play. In their three defeats, Stanford was very close to their victors, losing by less then a score in each match, and losing on the final play to Washington and Arizona. This was Stanford’s first involvement in the sevens versions of the game, different to the more common 15 man game in that it features 7 players on the field at a time and only 7 minute halves. Rugby sevens was recently voted on as a new Olympic sport to enter the Olympics in 2016. Stanford hopes to compete in the Las Vegas Sevens Invitation later in February, as well at the Collegiate Rugby Championship held in Philadelphia and shown live on NBC later this June.

Stanford Team:
Alex Menke, Ryan Swaboda, Austin Carey, Gianni Maize, Orfeo Tagiuri, Tyler Shean, Dan Ibarra, Marcus Turner, Jason Liljenquist, Oliver Friedberg, Peter Livesey, Chase Russell, Masato Kuok, Mikey Walke, Marcus Henderson

Day 2 Knock out Rounds:

Championship Bracket:
Semi Final: Colorado 17-14 UCLA
Semi Final: Utah 47-0 Washington
Championship: Colorado 14-12 Utah
3rd Place: UCLA 38-10 Washington

Consolation Bracket
Semi Final: Stanford 22-17 Arizona State
Semi Final: Oregon State 22-17 Arizona
5th Place: Oregon State19-12 Stanford
7th Place: Arizona 24-0 Arizona State
9th Place Final: Oregon 36-5 Washington State

Day 1 Pool Play Scores:

Pool A: 
UCLA 26-10 Washington;
Arizona 12-10 Stanford; UCLA 38-0 Washington State; Washington 27-12 Arizona; UCLA 12-10 Arizona; Stanford 24-12 WSU; Washington 43-7 Wash. St.; Stanford 17-12 UCLA; Arizona 29-5 Wash. State; Washington 24-19 Stanford

Pool B:
Arizona State 26-0 Oregon; Utah 24-15 Colorado; ASU 31-0 OSU; Utah 21-5 Oregon; Colorado 24-12 OSU; Utah 21-12 ASU; OSU 19-5 Oregon; Colorado 29-5 ASU; Utah 26-12 OSU; Colorado 43-5 Oregon