BINGHAM Cup 2014 hosts the Sydney Convicts made an impressive start on a wet and windy first day of competition with the A team denying both their competitors even a single point in the mud-clogged pitches of Rose Bay.
Before lunch, rugby heavyweights John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined political heavyweights Malcolm Turnbull and Anthony Albanese to watch the Convicts dispatch the Melbourne Chargers 19 nothing. Just to show it wasn’t a fluke, later in the day the Convicts saw off Chicago by an even wider margin to nil.
Melbourne had a mixed day losing to Sydney but seeing off LA. Meanwhile, the Brisbane Hustlers scored 50 points, but didn’t concede even one, against Manchester. Brisbane’s 5-nil win over the San Francisco Fog keeps the Queenslander’s cup dreams alive.
San Francisco might be the spiritual home of the Bingham Cup but the jury is out on whether it will return to the foggy city with one loss and a hardly emphatic win over the New Zealand Falcons.
Sydney’s C side did well pushing aside Southern USA and Amsterdam.
New York’s Gotham Knights scored highly against the Royal Bucks but lost to Sydney’s B side.
Meanwhile, the Kings Cross Steelers ratcheted up two good wins but against, arguably, not the two top teams.
Nonetheless, at the end of day one a London vs Sydney final is looking like a real possibility.
Los Angeles Rebellion 33–0 Chicago Dragons
Sydney Convicts A 19–0 Melbourne Chargers A
Melbourne Chargers A 10–5 Los Angeles Rebellion
Sydney Convicts A 54–0 Chicago Dragons
New Zealand Falcons 22-0 Manchester Village Spartans
Brisbane Hustlers 5-0 San Francisco Fog
Brisbane Hustlers 50–0 Manchester Village Spartans
San Francisco Fog 11–8 New Zealand Falcons
Sydney Convicts B 5-0 New York Gotham Knights
Kings Cross Steelers A 57–0 Charlotte / Atlanta Royal Bucks
New York Gotham Knights 38–0 Charlotte / Atlanta Royal Bucks
Kings Cross Steelers A 13–5 Sydney Convicts B
West Coast Phever 24–5 Toronto / Las Vegas / Stockholm Muddy Armada Berzerkers
London Kings Cross Steelers B 15–0 Philadelphia Gryphons
West Coast Phever 0–0 London Kings Cross Steelers B
Philadelphia Gryphons 20–0 Toronto / Las Vegas / Stockholm Muddy Armada Berzerkers
Boston Ironsides 12-12 Amsterdam Lowlanders
Sydney Convicts C 37–0 Southern USA Ba Bas
Southern USA Ba Bas 17–0 Boston Ironsides
Sydney Convicts C 34–5 Amsterdam Lowlanders
Emerald Valkyries 10–0 Hustler Australian Ba Baas
Ottawa Wolves 14–5 Melbourne Chargers B
Emerald Valkyries 34–0 Melbourne Chargers B
Ottawa Wolves 12-0 Hustler Australian Ba Baas