We examine how pace can be a difference-maker on the elite club and Test stage This feature first appeared in the issue of Rugby World on sale throughout November
Of the five Champions Cup groups Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend with one point separating the top three: Bath Toulon and Scarlets
Wasps win but as things stand only Bath would reach Europes last eight Late breaks from Leicesters Manu Tuilagi one of few weekend positives
Baths Todd Blackadder says flanker is still showing symptoms Anthony Watson impresses at full-back with Eddie Jones watching
Leicester 16-25 Munster Ian Keatley kicks six penalties and Leicesters Dan Cole gets yellow card
Ospreys 32-15 Northampton Second bonus point victory over Saints puts Ospreys second in the table
Clermont Auvergne 24-21 Saracens Speddings late howitzer of a long-distance penalty secures win
Wasps 21-3 La Rochelle Home sides pack responds to humiliation in France with strong performance
From Englands victorious youth football squads to crickets county championship underdogs there are strong claims aplenty this year
Director of rugby says Saracens want a group that has balls and I think we have it before character-testing Champions Cup rematch with Clermont Auvergne
Pool 5: Bath 26-21 Toulon Home side hold firm despite late rally from visitors
Pool 3: Leinster 22-17 Exeter Exeter Chiefs face struggle to reach Champions Cup quarter-finals
Montpellier 36-26 Glasgow Treviso 12-31 Scarlets
The Leicester fly-half says clubs must not panic during rough patches as his side prepare for Sundays crucial Champions Cup rematch with Munster
Helped by Teach for America alumni African-American high-school students in one of the most impoverished US cities are discovering a whole new ball game
John Cooney scores 27 points as 52-24 win consolidates second spot Joy Neville becomes first woman to referee European club fixture
New kids on the block are turning heads with their breezy brand of rugby as they try to keep up an impressive run of form in the European Champions Cup
Nathan Hughes back for Wasps Northampton make five changes Jack Nowell returns at Exeter Manu Tuilagi fit for Leicester v Munster
England clubs suffered their worst set of results in European history but Bath Leicester Saracens and Wasps have the chance to lead a reversal of fortunes
Player required surgery on jaw fractured in defeat at Harlequins this month Jamie George reveals Saracens clear-the-air meeting after Clermont defeat
Saints must avoid appointing a coach on the rebound as happens on footballs managerial carousel and focus on someone who can stimulate a club in decline
Forget players coming in to established rugby powerhouses Alan Dymock talks with one Scot who hopes to play for Romania in Rugby World Cup 2019 This is part of the Great Migration series
Zimbabwe international Tafadzwa Chitokwindo has experienced the good and bad of living as a full-time player in Germany He talks to Alan Dymock about his life in Europe as part of our Great Migration series
North Africans dont always follow a conventional route into French rugby as Moroccan international Nabil Jelti tells Alan Dymock as part of our Great Migration series
New Zealands latest wonder wing Rieko Ioane tells Alan Dymock why hes loving life with the All Blacks This feature first appeared in the December issue of Rugby World magazine
Mercenary is a movie about a young man from the Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna who moves to France to play rugby Alan Dymock talks with director Sacha Wolff as part of our Great Migration series
Ten reasons why you need to pick up a copy of Rugby Worlds January 2018 edition
Head to Singapore for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 and youll find more than rugby to entertain you theres something for everyone
A former world champion in both 15s and sevens Lawrence Dallaglio is one of the greatest captains that rugby has seen Here he explains what makes a successful leader
The new LasVegasrugby.org website is here!Monday, 10 February 2014 12:00 am
We're proud to announce...
Our new website is now published, though still undergoing some construction.
Please note that some features are undergoing construction and updates. For example, the "Club Discussion Forum" should be launched in a day or two. This is a private forum for members of our Blackjacks Rugby Club. It will be visible ONLY to registered club members (our private forum).
The "BLOG" will be available for members to make first posts, and for anyone in the public to see and comment on freely... all will be "open-topics" that have no sensitive info. Comments can even be sent to Facebook if you check the box in the left corner of the doalog box.
Blackjacks Club members may request a login: Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org . Include your first and last name, and you will be sent a login and password as soon as possible. If you wish to include some famous nickname, feel free.
MIDNIGHT SEVENS!Sunday, 9 February 2014 12:00 pm
CARD FUNDRAISER NIGHT!Wednesday, 19 March 2014 05:36 am
March 22, 2014: D3 Match Report (Blackjacks vs. Belmont)Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:00 pm
Belmont at Las Vegas (Div. III) March 22, 2014 (Blackjacks vs. Belmont)
---By Patrick Opdyke (Blackjacks "Forward")
Belmont came out strong at the Blackjacks scoring two tries early in the first half. The Blackjacks then recovered the ball on a kickoff and spent a good deal of time in Belmont’s own middle territory, until the ball was lost on a penalty. Belmont gave the Blackjacks an opportunity to score by knocking the ball on on Belmont’s own try line, causing a 5m scrum reset. Belmont’s hooker won the defensive scrum, catching the Blackjacks offguard for a full field try against the Blackjacks. On the reset kickoff, Belmont played a few phases, gaining minor territory in the middle of the field. Attempting to pass wide against the Blackjacks forceful defense, Belmont scrambled a pass, causing the winger to knock the ball on. After some changes of possession and phases back and forth, Belmont chipped the ball ahead and out the back for a Blackjack 5m reset. Blackjacks quickly exited the ball with a kick deep into Belmont territory, which Belmont knocks on, giving the Blackjacks advantage. The Blackjacks capitalized strongly on it gaining 25m, culminating in a tackle into touch. The Blackjacks hold strong against Belmont’s maul off the lineout, ceding no ground. Belmont broke off, breaking the defensive line and drawing a penalty. On the quick tap, Belmont capitalized on the Blackjacks retreat to earn another try. On the kickoff, Belmont makes modest gains with numerous phases, culminating in a big tackle into touch by Trevor. On the Blackjacks lineout, Blackjacks form a maul, pass the ball to the backs for a chip kick for a modest gain. The ball was recovered by Belmont who drew a penalty and quickly tapped the ball to run a few phases up until the try line. Blackjacks scrum half won a loose ball on the ground but did not release, earning a penalty. Belmont took advantage of the quick ball on the try line to score another try.
Early in the second half, Graham grabs a loose Belmont ball deep in Blackjack territory, running straight through a gap in Belmont’s defense to score a full field try. Both teams played strong with much back and forth, trading territory. After a Belmont player ran without support, Pati managed to poach a ball and run for a minor gain in territory. Blackjacks lost the ball and the game resumed with many resets and trading of territory. On a quick tap penalty, Belmont exploits a hole in Blackjacks’ defense, scoring a half-field try. On the kickoff, Belmont knocks the ball on, and Blackjacks play advantage, ending in touch. Belmont won its lineout and forms a maul, which the Blackjacks again kept still. Belmont broke off the maul scoring another try. Off the kickoff, Belmont got a lucky route, breaking some minor arm tackles to score a quick try. The game resumed with the Blackjacks holding Belmont in their own territory and midfield, trading possession on occasion. Belmont kicked for distance, going into touch. A lineout on the 22m line, Blackjacks were called for a not straight throw. Following a quick tap, the Blackjacks were able to hold Belmont, but unable to force any errors or win the ball. After many, many phases, culminating in a presence close to the try line, Belmont found a small hole to dive for a try.
March 22, 2014: D1 Match Report (Blackjacks vs. Belmont)Wednesday, 26 March 2014 02:00 am
Blackjacks vs. Belmont Shore (Men's Division 1), at Las Vegas. March 22, 2014.
---By Robby Castillo (Blackjacks "Back")
This past weekend’s fixture found the Las Vegas Blackjacks hosting the visiting Belmont Shore. What proved to be an exciting match featured momentum shifts and lead changes. It started rather lethargically for the Blackjacks who found themselves trailing at half time by a score that defied what bystanders eventually had witnessed as a hard fought match between two balanced sides. Missed opportunities and inexperienced decisions in the first half cost the Blackjacks the sure points that would have otherwise allowed for triumph.
Belmont drew first blood when a ball that would otherwise have gone out of goal to the dead ball area was touched by a blackjack player. The 5 meter scrum quickly led to a converted penalty. Shortly thereafter, another converted penalty, and it was 0-6 Belmont. The Blackjacks showed signs of life when a well-seasoned Vaha Esikia broke the gain line in a 30m gallop but support lacked and his pass from 5m out found touch. Belmont responded by gaining possession of the lineout and later a score when two Blackjacks players simultaneously delivered blows from opposite sides of a Belmont ball carrier, either one of which on its own would have been sufficient for a tackle. But as it was, the offsetting forces allowed the Belmont player to remain on his feet and slither in for the games first try. The conversion was good, 0-13 Belmont. A deep kick and heavy pressure forced a Blackjacks defender to kick the ball through the dead ball line and the 5 meter scrum led to another Belmont try, conversion failed 0-18.
Later in the first half, after stealing a Belmont lineout, the Blackjacks were able to get on the scoreboard when Left winger “Q” was able to elude Belmont defenders and then off-load to Vaha, who scored easily. Noor Jehanga added the conversion and it was 7-13 in favor of the bad guys. The Blackjacks missed another chance for a score shortly afterwards, when Q’s 50m run ended in a pass that seemed to be of the un-selfish, charitable variety, but it was ultimately knocked on. Belmont scored again and the score was 7-25 at the half, however the game was much closer than the score suggested.
The Blackjacks’ momentum and thus control for most of the second half was sparked by #22’s hard run to the 22m line. A hands call found width to Q for an apparent score but unfortunately, the touch down was not apparent to the ref and his plea fell on deaf ears. The Blackjacks were able to regain possession and threatened with a series of pick and drives on the northwest end of the field near the goal line. Belmont’s defense held stiff, but the Blackjacks got the ball to the winger on the far side who touched it down in the northeast corner. The conversion failed, 12-25, Belmont. Not long after, Steve Allen was able to elude 3 defenders on route to a terrific 50 meter try, where he touched the ball down at the center of the posts. Vaha converted, 19-25. Add a rare fashioned missed penalty kick from the Belmont fly half and the Blackjacks were in clear control of momentum and high morale, with 25 min to play. Steve Allen again found space when he aggressively fended off one Belmont player, then proceeded to outrun the rest. Steve off-loaded to Pati, who scored in the left corner. Conversion failed 24-25.
A Belmont free-kick found touch and a subsequent penalty allowed for #3 Roy Evans to find touch as the sidelines scratched their heads. Belmont stole the lineout and got the ball out wide but Steve Allen was able to drive the offender into touch. The Blackjacks momentum was slightly stalled when a Calvin Randleman hit on a Belmont offender left the poor soul writhing in pain and the ref called for injury time.
Momentum was regained when winger “Q” hit the gas and danced past 5 defenders on route to a long score between the posts. Belmont players sprinkled the field in the aftermath and looked like defeated foes. But in an apparent omen, the ensuing conversion kick hit the right upright and the posts came crashing down. Nevertheless, the Blackjacks had their first lead at 29-25 with 15 min to play.
From there it seemed that the Blackjacks were in control of both game and momentum, but soon afterwards a penalty came when a Blackjacks tackle (helmet to helmet?) forced a Belmont player to be carried off the field. Another injury to a Belmont player meant another delay and these delays worked to Belmont’s advantage as it served to quell much of the Blackjacks momentum. With minutes to go, they regained the lead with a long break and good ball distribution which saw the ball go through the hands of 4 different players. The score and conversion put Belmont on top 29-35 with one minute to play. The ensuing kickoff fell into the hands of Belmont, and after some advance to the Blackjacks 22 meter line, a penalty gave the Blackjacks one final opportunity. Strangely, the Blackjacks seemed to slow the game down, wasting precious moments in a time of urgency. Nothing came of the possession and Belmont added another try in the waning seconds, as they managed to hold off a fierce 2nd half surge from the Blackjacks.
Final: 29-37, Belmont. Yet, spectators had the opportunity to see some exciting rugby and lead changes, and highlights include some inspiring runs by the Blackjacks backfield.
This coming Saturday, the Blackjacks host the San Diego Aztecs in the 2nd of a 3 week home-stand. Social to follow at McMullen’s Irish pub. All are welcome. See you all there.
March 29, 2014 Match Report: Blackjacks vs. Old Aztecs (in Las Vegas)Monday, 31 March 2014 12:00 pm
03/29/2014 Blackjacks vs. Old Aztecs, in Vegas .
Kickoff was at 3.00 pm sharp.
It was a nice sunny, cool day with a friendly breeze blowing on a Saturday afternoon in Vegas, and both teams were ready to grind it out.
Old Aztecs kicked off to the Blackjacks, and the Old Aztecs then worked on getting a feel of what the Blackjacks’ forwards were made of. They learned quickly that their advantage is in their back line. Very quick feet and well-rehearsed plays earn them a first try of the game in the first ten minutes.
In the 15 minute mark of the game, the Old Aztecs scored a second try, a third on the 25 minute mark, a fourth try on the 30th minute, a fifth on the 35th minute mark, a 6th on the 37th minute on an unchallenged ball on a kickoff, and made an easy quick 5 points under the goal post.
The Blackjacks contested on an open, counter attack play on a turnover from the Old Aztecs on the 33rd minute of the game and scored their only try of the first half.
The Old Aztecs had the last say when they fought for the last try of the first half.
First Half score------Black Jacks  vs Oleztk 
All tries were scored by backline plays by both teams.
First half stats:
---BlackJacks, penalties , Olesztk 
---Scrums- BlackJacks received 8 scrums and lost one.
---Scrums- Old Aztecs received 6 scrums and won them all.
---Line outs- BlackJacks threw in 6 line outs and lost one.
---Line outs- Old Aztecs threw in 6 line outs and lost one
THE SECOND HALF
The second half worked like clock-work for the BlackJacks. They were patient on their set pieces and got rewarded with a quick try on the first ten minutes of the second half. They counter attacked on a mistake by the Old Aztecs, and put another 5 points on the board.
On the 20th minute, the Old Aztecs got back in their old ways and a tried for five more points making it 43 points to 17 to the Black Jacks.
At 35th minutes, the Black Jacks worked a hard push by their big forwards and scored a try, 43 Old Aztecs to 22 BlackJacks. One more try went to the Blackjacks.
The Old Aztecs made two quick tries, with both successful conversions against the BlackJacks at the final five minutes of the game.
The FINAL SCORE: Black Jacks  vs Olezstk 
Second half stats.
---Line outs for the Black Jacks- 4, and won them all. Great effort it, shows on the score.
---Old Aztecs had 4 line outs and won them all, but the BlackJacks defended well in the second half.
---Scrums- Black Jacks 2 scrums, won them all.
---Scrums- Old Aztecs - 5 scrums, and won them all
Penalties: The first 20 minutes of the half, Old Aztecs committed 5 penalties and the BlackJacks took advantage of it for 12 points. In the last 15 minutes of the game, the BlackJacks committed 5 penalties and they paid for it by sacrificing 19 points.
Great game Black Jacks, and it’s just an opinion: the team needs to practice together more for those that don't make it to practice. Too many Chiefs in the field, the only one that should be yapping to the ref is the team Captain. Most of all, know your role and do your assigned job first before you do the extra effort. Good luck to you all for the rest of the season!
Ez. Eric Teo, email@example.com