Photo gallery: The Cannibals, Utah Elite Under 18 Rugby team competes in Las Vegas
Photo gallery: The Cannibals rugby team competed in an international 7's tournament in Las Vegas with seven members of the 20-member Utah elite under 18 squad. The Cannibals had their best performance and loss against British Columbia, Canada, a well-traveled team. "It is pleasing to see the energy and excitement the players bring to the game, but performance in this type of arena needs to flawless," said Cannibals Coach Rob Randell.
With the first international 7's tournament of the year in Las Vegas, The Cannibals returned to the competition stage with only seven of its experienced players of the 20-man squad selected to travel. Competing in the U18 elite and U18 open high school division, this met the challenge for the 15-year-old new cannibals.
The team had two outstanding speedsters in Will Jensen and Julius Rivera and strength in the leadership of Ezias Bigelow, Amanaki Lavaka and Mica Matua. These veterans of seven-a-side were the core to lead the new youngster on the field. They were accompanied by a strong support crew of Beto Lui, Sione Mahe, Nuia Tuita, Doug Kafusi, Jake Weenig and Kenta Yamakazi.
The support crew saw plenty of playing time in Canada and were tasked to bring that high level of performance to Las Vegas. Lui and Tuita had outstanding showing. The Cannibals exhibited magnificent individual performances in all games but struggled to win all games of pool play, that was the difference displayed in Canada. The jersey ceremony for the new young players Jordan Leakehe, Patrick Iongi, Vou Fitisemanu, Nate Bristol showed promised and future for the younger level of Cannibals.
The Cannibals had their best performance and loss against British Columbia, Canada, a well-traveled team. Cannibals Coach Rob Randell, "it is pleasing to see the energy and excitement the players bring to game but performance in this type of arena needs to flawless."