Kings Point, New York – Over this past Saturday, 26 April 2014, the Army Rugby Team made the short trip from the Hudson River Valley to Long Island to play the United States Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, and Naval Academies in the annual Poseidon Cup. Usually open to only seafaring Academies, the hosts, USMMA, opened the tournament up to the Army Brothers this year. Army went undefeated during the tournament, beating the Midshipmen 15-14, Merchant Marines 27-3, and Coasties 62-0. Each team presented a different, dynamic approach to rugby however the Army team was able to stay disciplined each match and play some winning rugby.
The first match of the day was the classic derby match between the Naval and Military Academy. The two teams both held onto decent amounts of possession until the scoring was opened up by plebe and standout rookie Andrew Fargo of San Diego, California. The conversion was no good, but the Army were able to convert a penalty later right before halftime – 8 to 0 for the Army Brothers. The second half started with more successes from Army with center Logan Weiland scoring a try between the posts off of a beautiful set piece pattern. The midshipmen were not going to let the game end with an Army shutout; they scored two converted tries with only seconds remaining on the clock. However, the Army team was able to stay calm and ended the game with a 1 point victory.
After watching a few other tournament match ups, including the rivalry match between Coast Guard and USMMA, it was time for Army’s second match of the day against hosts, USMMA. The game started much more quickly than against Navy – it did not take long for up and coming center, Logan Weiland to break through the Merchant’s defensive line off of a 5m scrum. After this early try, West Point was able to keep up the momentum throughout the second half and until the end of the match, ending 27-3 Army.
With a 10 minute break between matches, Army began its final match against the Coast Guard Academy. Unfortunately, the Coasties were lacking several seniors as their traditional ring weekend ceremonies conflicted with the tournament. This put the coast guard at a significant disadvantage as the Army team was able to start its full 2015 side. Both teams played great rugby, however the Black Knights were more consistent and fitter after a thorough day of rugby and ended the match 62-0.
After a full day of rugby, each team was ready to head home after the final match and trophy celebration. Army won the Poseidon Cup with a record of 3-0. Army would like to thank the referees and other supporters that enabled this tournament to take place. Once again, Army extends its gratitude to the United States Merchant Marine Academy for invited the Black Knights to the tournament.