Congratulations to the LA Rebellion, who placed 2nd out of 9 teams with a 3-1 record this past weekend at Seattle’s Magnitude 15.11 tournament — our highest finish in a Magnitude tournament!
In the first match of the tournament, the Rebellion defeated the Seattle Quake B-side 22-0. During the second match, the Phoenix Storm (featuring two Rebellion alums) earned the first try of the match but the Rebellion then reeled off 36 unanswered points to secure the win in a spirited, hard-hitting match.
Day 2 went a bit rougher. Playing against the Seattle Quake’s A-side during the first match of the day, by halftime we were down 17-0. However, during the 2nd half (in typical Rebellion style), the boys clamped down on defense, preventing any additional tries but still unable to close the gap in our lone loss of the weekend. Cheers to the 4-0 Quake on a well deserved championship!
With that unpleasantness behind us, the Rebellion seized the opportunity for redemption in the matches that followed. For the first time in club history, the Rebellion defeated the San Francisco Fog in an IGRAB tournament match! The team gutted out a 24-10 victory over the Fog in a game that included a 7 minute try-line stand and approximately 1 bazillion scrums.
Other tournament events included the Kangaroo Court, hosted by rugby legend Ben Cohen. One of the Rebellion backs (who shall remain nameless) was called in front of the court and appropriately disciplined for crimes against rugby. Later, the team represented en masse at the Cuff (a host bar and sponsor for the tournament). The motto for the night: First we drink (pitchers), then we put our pants on.
Congratulations to coach Will Tabor, team captain Will ‘Thrilla’ Padilla, Nate Leung (who we named as our MVP for the tournament), and the rest of the boys. It was an outstanding weekend on and off the pitch!
Many thanks to the host Seattle Quake for running another outstanding tournament, Ben Cohen and the StandUp Foundation for their participation in the tournament and all their awesome work, and of course the Eagle LA and all of our supporters for making this weekend spectacular!