RWC Starts Off Big

     60-thousand were in attendance for the first game of the Rugby World Cup, millions of others watched on TV or over the internet. I know I was beyond excited watching the start up of the first game of the Cup, smiling the whole time. The New Zealand All Blacks took on Tonga’ Ikale Tahi who started with their traditional Sipi Tau got the crowded started. Then the All Blacks pumped it up more the crowd with the Haka, and after kick off, just three minutes into the first half New Zealand scored the first points of the tournament with a penalty kick. Tonga held a strong defense over all, but again at 10 minutes into the half after a series of plays with quick ball recycling, the first try of the game. All Blacks Richard Kahui scored two more trys. The half ended on a good note for Tonga with a penalty kick. Into the second, Tonga stopped two close try attempts before All Black upped the score 34-3 in the 58th minute and after 10 phases in the 71st minute the Tongans got their first tri of the game. With five minutes to go New Zealand, got one last try in on the Tongans. Looking over the stats of the game there was an even amount of possession between the teams, strong scrums for both, but when it came to tackles, Tonga missing about 17% of theirs, is where the all Blacks made their breakthroughs and scored. The final score of 43-10 is the highest that Tonga has ever had against the New Zealand team.
     The tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks will be this Sunday, when USA has their first game against Ireland. There will be the first Sunday of football season, memorials and tributes to those who died. NBC will be airing the World Cup Match at noon, and I’m sure the team will play with pride and to show not only that we are a country that can survive anything, but one that has been developing in the game of rugby. This match will be America’s first chance to turn some heads in this tournament. The best thing that the team can do is not only play hard, but have fun while playing.  There will with out doubt a lot of emotions running high for the team. Before the game they will have a memorial serivce at a local church, there will also be a moment of silence before the game begins, and to remember the 2819 lives lost, players will wear a black band on their arms. Chicago Griffins center Andrew Suniula will start in the game and I look forward to seeing how the Eagles have progressed from the last RWC.
Chicago area games this weekend:
TEAMS: Where: Kick Off Time:
Blaze vs Griffins, Thornely Fields, Lemont - 1pm
Chicago North Shore vs Colorado Raptors, Wilson West Fields -11am A-Side, 1pm B-Side v U of Michigan
Chicago Women vs Austin Valkyres , Wilson West Fields - 10am
Manhattan Morrgians vs Chicago Sirens, Manhattan Central Park, parking at Fritz's Saloon Manhattan, IL -11am
Northwest Woodsmen vs Chicago Dragons, Busse Woods
Lincoln Park vs Southside Irish Randalls/Wards Island -1pm

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