USC’s strong comeback still not enough to beat Claremont

claremont-colleges-logoThe USC Trojans travelled to the Claremont Mckenna Colleges where they began the game weak. A first half penalty kick by Danny Del Bianco and a strong run by flanker OJ Haugen put points on the board for the Trojans. The first half score was 28-8. In the second half the Trojans finally got their act together and put three tries on the board within 15 minutes. OJ Haugen had one and center Zach Gima had two (2 converted, 1 miss). In the final ten minutes at 33-28, the Trojans lost a penalty and conceded one final try to put the win out of reach. Final score was 38-28. Game readiness, consistency, and urgency are pointers that the team will practice on for USD next week.

USC Stomped by a strong side from Long Beach

Cameron Streeter reaches out for the tackle

Cameron Streeter reaches out for the tackle

The Trojans were stunned by a strong Long Beach side. USC came out with a lackluster performance which consisted throughout the game. Two tries (unconverted) came from fly-half Joseph Krassenstein. Several previous injuries hurt the Trojans lineup. Final score was 49-10. A season farewell to flaker Cameron Streeter who will be studying abroad in Australia this semester.

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USC falls short to SBCC 17-14

2849958USC had a half-time score of 11-5 with a try scored by Joseph Krassenstein (not converted) and two penalty kicks by center Danny Del Bianco. A second half try by fly-half John Donnelly was wrongfully called back as the referee was not following the play. In the final ten minutes of the game, SBCC scored to be placed above the Trojans by 3. With minutes left on the clock Joseph Krassenstein attempted a drop goal which missed just left of the goal posts. John Akiba wins man of the match with several try saving tackles and hard runs.

USC wins preseason opener against Occidental College

USC won it’s season opener against Occidental College 41-27 played in Palos Verdes, CA.

Stefan Atz wins USC Men’s Rugby MVP Award

Stefan Atz breaking tackles

Stefan Atz breaking tackles

Stefan Atz, a study abroad student from Austria won the 2013 USC Trojan Rugby MVP award.

Other award recipients include:

  • MVP: Stefan Atz
  • Best Forward: Zach Timm
  • Best Backs: Haico Kaashoek and Joseph Krassenstein
  • MIP: Daniel Campbell

USC Finishes Season 6th in SCRFU College Div. 1

The USC Men’s Trojan Rugby Team finished their season with 2 wins and 5 loses. A big improvement from the past couple years. The Trojans hope to continue their improvement in the 2013-2014 season starting out with rugby 7’s in the fall.

UCS loses to CSU Long Beach- February 23, 2013

USC got destroyed by Long Beach State University. The opposing team beat USC with speed, size, and fitness. USC finally scored in the final minutes of the game with a quick skip pass to winger Haico Kaashoek. The final score was LBSU 74- USC 5.

USC loses to CSU Fullerton

USC put up a tough fight against the CSU Fullerton. USC put the first try on the board with a strong run by outside center Steve Zhou. The early morning start contributed to players being half-asleep and allowing Fullerton to come out and score several tries early on. In the second half USC was able to score two more tries however still fell short to Fullerton. The final score was 33 CSUF- 17 USC

USC attends the USA Las Vegas Rugby 7’s

2725654Some members of the USC Men’s Rugby Club hit up the USA Las Vegas Rugby 7’s this past weekend (Feb 9 & 10).

Truly a great weekend of watching the pros play and team bonding.

South Africa beat New Zealand 40-21 in the Cup Final.

USC Rugby welcomes Tevita Vaikona to the Coaching Staff

Tevita Vaikona

Tevita Vaikona

The USC Men’s Rugby Club is honored to have former professional rugby (league and union) player, Tevita Vaikona to the coaching staff.

Tevita’s career highlights include:

  • 1995 Rugby League World Cup- Selected by Tonga
  • 2000 Rugby League World Cup- Tonga’s top try scorer
  • HULL FC, English Super League- 1994 – 1997
  • Bradford Bulls, English Super League – 1997 – 2004 Super League Champions Four Times, World Club Champions Twice
  • Middlesex Winner 2003
  • Saracen RUFC, English Premiership- 2004-2007
  • Racing Metro RUFC, Paris, France- 2007 – 2008

USC beats UC Irvine 24-14- Feb. 2, 2013

Sophomore Danny Del Bianco scored 2 tries

Sophomore Danny Del Bianco scored 2 tries

USC Men’s Rugby kicked off on Saturday at McAlister field against UC Irvine. USC entered the game with a chip on their shoulder after having lost to the Anteaters 43-7 last year.

Minutes into the game sophomore center, Joseph Krassenstein received a skip pass where he sprinted and juked the UCI opponent for the games opening points. Just before half-time sophomore winger, Haico Kaashoek kicked in a penalty making the score USC 10-UCI 0.In the second half, sophomore center Danny Del Bianco picked up a loose ball that was run in for a try. UCI scored two tries later on in the second half. Del Bianco later scored a second try after he shaked and baked through almost 5 opposing players.

The score going into the final ten minutes was USC 24-UCI 14. USC held out a strong UCI attack going into the closing minutes of the game.

Man of the match went to Del Bianco.

USC loses to SBCC 44-21- Jan. 26, 2013

USC lost a tough caught battle against Santa Barbara City College. The half time score was 19-14 before SBCC took over in the second half.

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