Games To Watch: Predictions For D1A Rugby

Mid-South

Davenport @ Life University

Davenport travels down to Atlanta to take on Life University. Davenport will be opening their spring conference season this week, against the #2 ranked team in the country. Davenport has been in route to play some of the toughest competition in the league. Last week the lost to a young, but talented, Arkansas State University team, 53-0. During the Fall, they played a close game to (now ranked) #4 Indiana University, losing 18-17.

Davenport vs. Arkansas State; photo courtesy of Steve Zomberg photos

Second ranked Life University will be defending their home turf for the second week in a row. Last week they faced off against #3 ranked Lindewood University, defeating them 45-15. Life University is famously well known for their “eat, sleep, breath” breath rugby way of life. Though their off-season schedule has been a mix litter of depth chart warm up and high quality match wins, such as #10 Air Force (74-0 win), Clemson University (76-13), US Naval Academy (28-19) and South Carolina (119-0), Life University definitely has set the standard for elite collegiate rugby. Life University is setting up for another championship run.

Players to watch are Life University’s open side Flanker Harley Davidson and Center, Cody Melphy. For Davenport keep an eye out for Flyhalf Brady Gent, and outside Center, Nick Priest. Look for Life University to take this game 77-3.

Game can be watched at Life University TV

Red River

Louisiana State University @ Texas A&M

What can be said about this match? #14 LSU comes into this game as the dominate #1 seed in the Red River Rugby Conference, with a 4-0 in-conference record. The carry the #1 defense in the conference, allowing only 24 total points this season. They have scored an average of 55 points per game. They are coming off a big win against Texas Tech, destroying them 91-5.

Texas A&M enters the match with a 1-1 record in conference. Texas A&M lost a big one to Oklahoma 31-19, came back and defeated Baylor 42-14. They followed that match up with a friendly match up loss to University of Arkansas 21-14. This week they will face their biggest challenge and second league leader. A&M is currently 2nd in points allowed and 5th in scoring offense. Though they have played the least amount of in-conference matches this season.

Players to watch are LSU’s, Cameron Troxler at Flyhalf and teams leading scorer, Jeff Mauras at Center. For Texas A&M watch for Center Navarro Ross, and 8-man Phillip Hanson. Look for LSU to take this game 42-10.

Game will be broadcast by T5RDG through USARugbyTV.com

LSU Rugby

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