– Written by Adam Bushell, PR Chair
USC Rugby Sevens travelled to San Diego this past weekend to play in El Nino Sevens that hosted six teams from Southern California and Arizona. The Trojans were placed in a pool with the same opposition as they faced in pool play at the West Coast Sevens competition two weeks earlier, Arizona State and San Diego State University. Both teams had proven to be highly competitive previously and this past weekend was no different. USC faced SDSU in their first game of the day and the rhythm of play looked in favor of the Trojans until defensively things broke down. USC was unable to match the strength of the Aztecs offensively, the Aztecs managed to put 37 points on the board against the Trojans’ 5. The next round of pool play against ASU was destined to be an even tougher affair. Unfortunately, part way into the second half, the game was forced to end prematurely. Luis Lopez had injured his neck under the impact of a collapsed ruck and was forced to be transported to the hospital. Fortunately, the resulting injury was only muscular and Luis will face a short recovery time. Out of pool play, the Trojans faced Grand Canyon University in the final consolation match of the day. USC fell to GCU in a hard fought match that ended 12-5.
Although having a bleak record for the day, USC had expected the tournament to be a preparatory step in the Trojans quest for recognition at the upcoming PAC-12 sevens tournament. Score lines aside, the Trojans can learn from critical mistakes of this past weekend and make the needed corrections in preparation for the PAC-12 meeting on November 7th.