USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-Americans defeat Connacht Rugby Development XV

The USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-Americans defeated the Connacht Rugby Development XV on Saturday at Connacht 19-17.
With tremendous point scoring performances by the All-Americans Joe Cowley at fullback using his sharpshooting boot and Chris Saint scoring the All-Americans only try, the All-American's battled back, overcoming a 14-3 halftime deficit.
Connacht took the lead early over the All-American's with tries from Chris Lilly and Steve McCauley. Both conversions by Tadhg Leader
were sucessful. The All-Americans only managed one penalty kick in the first-half.
Early in the second-half, Saint scored from the scrumhalf spot and Cowley's conversion brought the All-American's within four points of Connacht.

Successful penalty kicks by Cowley put the All-American's ahead, and with less than ten minutes left in the match, Cowley's fourth penalty gave the All-American's final winning margin.

A tough and sustained effort from Connacht saw an All-American side bend, but never break. Sure tackling and smart play at the breakdown saw the USA defend their try line and hold on for their first win of their tour.
Both sides sustained a number of injuries but at press time a full evaluation had yet to be conducted.
The USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans travel to Dublin to battle the Leinster Academy side next week.
The 2012 Collegiate All-American Tour to Ireland is proudly sponsored by Training Day Sports Nutrition ( and by Irish Rugby Tours Ltd. (
USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-Americans Roster
1 Mikey Su'ag

2 Andrew Cook
3 Ray Forrester
4 James lynch
5 Nate Brakeley
6 Can Dolan
7 Ryan Roundy
8 Shaun Potgeiter
9 Chris saint
10 JP Eloff
11 Don Pati
12 Seki Kofe
13 Seamus Kelly
14 Madison Hughes
15 Joe Cowley
16 Mike Shepherd
17 Nick Wallace
18 Jake Mizell
19 Hynie Leaatoa
20 Jamie Kelm
21 Alec Gletzer
22 Pat Sullivan
23 Nick Evans
24 TJ Allred
Referee: Eanna Odowd
Final Score: USA 19, Connacht 17
Scoring Summary:
8' - Cowley 3
19' - Chris Lilly 5 con Leader
35' Steve McCauley con Leader
Half time: 3-14
46' Chris saint con Cowley
52' Cowley 3
56' Cowley 3
57' Tadgh 3
69' Cowley 3
Final: 19-17 USA win