The San Diego Youth Mustangs Rugby Club’s U8 and U10 Senior Teams won their respective division titles at the Back Bay SharkFest Youth Rugby Tournament held in Newport Beach on March 8. Both teams went undefeated in the tournament.
The Back Bay SharkFest Youth Rugby Tournament is the de facto Southern California Youth (U8 to U12) Rugby Championship Tournament, bringing together the best youth rugby teams from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Both the Mustangs U8 and U10 Teams faced the Back Bay Sharks in the Competitive Division finals. The Mustangs U10 Team fought a tough defensive game stopping two critical Back Bay scoring opportunities just inches from the try line. The U10s took the title with a 5 - 0 win, with the single try of the game being scored by Adam Slack. MVP of the U10 tournament was the Mustangs Riley Elliott.
The Mustangs U8 Team faced the very evenly matched Back Bay Sharks in a match that featured strong defensive coverage and offensive plays by both teams. The U8 Mustangs won the game 20 -10 with three tries scored by Declan Cadden and one try by Cole Curtis. Rocco Pool led the team with two assists. Declan Cadden was named the MVP of the U8 tournament.
Club President David Pool commented “this is a fantastic performance by our young players and is a credit to both the players and the coaching program we have developed.”
The Mustangs’ Junior U10 Team placed 3rd in the U10 Developmental Division and the Junior U8 Team placed 4th in their Developmental Division.