The San Francisco Fog displayed absolutely tremendous heart as they placed fourth in the Cup Bracket and reached the semi-finals of the Plate bracket. In what was arguably the most compelling, arresting match ever played in the Bingham Cup® tournament, the Fog first side came from behind at the last minute in regulation to tie the London Kings Cross Steelers after countless overtime periods, with the match being decided by overall point differentials (the Steelers at +243 vs. the Fog at +240).
Day Three full results will be posted on Monday, 16 June 2008.
FOG RUGBY CONTINUES STRONG PACE ON DAY 2
It was the second day of the three-day Bingham Cup® tournament, but the story remained the same with rugby-esque weather and three wins in four matches by the San Francisco Fog. The Fog second side successfully securing a spot among the final 8 teams in the Plate bracket, while the Fog first side advanced to the Cup bracket and are among the final four teams vying for the Bingham Cup heading into the final day.
SF Fog 1st Side 22 - Dublin Emerald Warriors 0
The Fog’s 1st XV started their day against Dublin, the home team and organizers of the 2008 Bingham Cup® tournament. Faced with determined play by the Emerald Warriors as well as a strong fan base adorning the sidelines, the Fog went to work with technically sound rugby en route to a victory in the last match of pool play.
SF Fog 2nd Side 0 - NYC Gotham Knights 39
The Fog’s 2nd side ended their pool play competition with another hard-fought battle against perennial powerhouse from New York. Though beset by a few injuries, the Fog never gave them an easy time during their 40 minutes on the pitch and held their heads high with continued strong rugby play.
PLATE BRACKET - Round 1
SF Fog 2nd Side 39 - NYC Gotham Knights 2nd Side 0
With all of their hard work in their first three matches behind them, the Fog’s 2nd XV erupted in their fourth match in an emphatic victory over New York’s B-side, featuring numerous breakaways and sprints toward the try line by the Fog’s back line, as well as hard crashes and rucks by the Fog’s forwards.
CUP BRACKET - Round 1
SF Fog 1st Side 29 - Los Angeles Rebellion 5
Similar to the Bingham Cup® in 2006, the Fog 1st side squared off against West Coast rivals the Los Angeles Rebellion in the quarter finals of the Cup bracket. The Fog again went to work, as both props crashed through the Rebellion line for tries, and the Fog back line ran up and down the field for additional scores.
The Fog 2nd side plays against the Chicago Dragons in the quarter-final match of the Plate bracket. The Fog 1st side plays against the London Kings Cross Steelers in the semi-final match of the Cup bracket, with the Sydney Convicts playing against the New York Gotham Knights in the other semi-final match.
Day Three headline results will be posted at the end of Sunday’s matches (15 June 2008), while the full results will be posted on Monday, 16 June 2008.
FOG RUGBY MAKES STRONG SHOWING ON DAY 1
The San Francisco Fog RFC made a grand entrance to the first day of The Bingham Cup® tournament in Dublin, winning three out of their four matches.
The day started with opening ceremonies highlighted by a speech from Mark Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland, and a rendition of the Irish national anthem. The temperature hovered around 18-22•C (65-72•F) with a mixture of sun, overcast clouds and a little drizzle - in other words, perfect for rugby.
SF Fog 1st Side 67 - Philadelphia Gryphons 0
The Fog’s 1st side took the pitch by storm, playing solid team rugby en route to a decisive victory over the Philadelphia Gryphons, a club that the Fog met once during The Bingham Cup® in London (2004). The Fog took a 29-0 lead into the half and never looked back.
SF Fog 2nd Side 0 - London Kings Cross Steelers 60
Facing the Steelers, one of the perennial top teams in IGRAB, the Fog’s 2nd squad gave their all, playing gritty technical rugby and never giving London an easy try. Though the score looks one-sided, the Fog showed tremendous spirit that impressed their opponents and which would pay dividends later in the day.
SF Fog 1st Side 12 - Manchester Village Spartans 5
The Fog’s 1st XV squared off against the formidable Manchester Village Spartans, who displayed superlative defense and immense heart. The Spartans led the match 5-0 at the half, having scored a sudden try with a cross-pitch kick and run in. The Fog responded in the second half with a beautiful dummy move by the flyhalf for their first try, followed by a breakaway run by their inside center leading to the second try, igniting the Fog’s sideline supporters.
SF Fog 2nd Side 5 - Boston Ironsides 0
The Fog’s 2nd side game against the Boston Ironsides RFC, who took the Bowl in the 2004 tournament, was a nail-biter. Closely matched, neither side was able to score in the first half. Then, in what became the Fog Rugby “play of the day,” a Fog prop broke free with the ball from inside his own 22m line, sprinting down the pitch and ultimately passing to his supporting runner, who scored the only try of the match.
Day Two results will be posted at the end of Saturday’s matches (14 June 2008).
The San Francisco Fog is starting to embark on its trip half-way across the world to Dublin, Ireland, as the club gears up to compete in the largest amateur rugby event in the world, the Bingham Cup®. Approximately 32 clubs from 9 countries around the world are attending this year’s tournament, hosted by Dublin’s Emerald Warriors RFC. The Fog are proudly fielding two full sides as the three-day tournament commences on Friday, June 13.
We will be providing daily updates on the Fog’s progress in the tournament on this website, so make sure to come visit here each day.
Saturday is a Rugby Day, and the San Francisco Fog is celebrating this zenith of rugby commandments with a jam-packed day of rugby matches, as all three sides of the Fog will be taking the pitch! The Fog Men and B-Side teams will be warming up with their last matches before The Bingham Cup® tournament in Dublin, and the Fog Women go for two victories in a row against UCSC.
Full schedule of matches:
- 11am: Fog Women vs. UCSC
- 12pm: Fog vs. Berkeley RFC
- 1pm: Fog vs. Stanislaus Harlots
- 2pm: Fog vs. Berkeley RFC
- 3pm: Fog vs. Stanislaus Harlots
- 4pm: Berkeley RFC vs. Stanislaus Harlots