SF Fog at The Bingham Cup® - Day 1

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).