Rugby Recap: February 4th-5th

In men’s collegiate D1 play, there were multiple noteworthy matches. Arizona hosted UCLA in a matrix match, with the final score favoring Arizona 47-8. Arizona State also hosted a California competitor, USC. The winner of that match was Arizona State, with a final score of 47 – 26. Meanwhile, Oklahoma faced off against Arkansas in a nail biter match with Arkansas emerging victorious 37-31. In a southern state matchup, LSU was pitted against Texas in Red River Conference play. LSU walked away with the 64 – 12 win over Texas in regulation play. Last, but not least, Central Washington took on Lindenwood in a non-conference match in Missouri. Central Washington defeated the Lindenwood squad, 21 -3. Various matches had to be postponed this weekend, among them were TCU versus Texas Tech, Cal Poly against Sacramento, and BYU versus Utah Valley.

photo by LSU Alexandria Rugby

Men’s Collegiate NSCRO saw various matches across the country this past weekend as well. University of Louisiana took on LSUA on Saturday in a homecoming game unlike any other. With various game critical tries scored by Curtis Green , Devarius Miller, Kadis Simmons, Josh Schlicht, and Marcus Cokley, LSUA took the win 43-19. In SIRC play, Florida International fell to Central Florida 18-7, while South Florida defeated North Florida 39-10. Air Force Academy announced it’s withdrawal from Varsity play, and took on Saint Mary’s in a non-conference game. Saint Mary’s defeated Air Force 55 – 0 in regulation time. In D2 Lone Star Conference play, Abilene Christian faced off against Texas A&M Central in west Texas. Abilene Christian started the game off with three unanswered tries by Locks Shane Saergent and Jordan Carson, eventually taking a halftime lead of 24 – 5. A&M rallied, and in the sixty fifth minute  tied Abilene Christian with a try from forward Chuck Ware at 31-31. The effort was not enough to secure the victory for A&M Central however, as a final try by Abilene Wing Trey Kneffler sealed the deal. Abilene Christian University wins against A&M Central 38-31.

In Men’s Senior Divisional play, there was plenty of rugby to go around. In Florida, Miami hosted Jacksonville for Matrix match play, and defeated Jacksonville 76-19. Across state lines in the Red River Conference, the Austin Huns defeated the Dallas Reds 24 – 18. Meanwhile, the Dallas Harlequins defeated the HARC 36-19, and HURT defeated San Antonio 45-26. Division 2 play was stacked with Texas clubs as well, as the HURT Henchmen took a win over Galveston 67-14. The Austin Huns D2 and Dallas Reds D2 squared off as well, with the Reds emerging victorious over the Huns 17-5. In a crossover match, Life University JV played against the Atlanta Renegades in Georgia. The Renegades fell to Life in their eighty minute game, with the final score reading 54-19.

Photo by Fort Miami Women’s Rugby Club

Women’s Collegiate play was busy across the board as teams traversed states, conferences, and divisions to get in their games. UNC Wilmington took on Elon in North Carolina, with Wilmington ultimately taking the win 50-19. Clemson took on Emory in a Matrix game match up, and ran away with the victory 102-0. Coastal Carolina University defeated WCU 72-10, while BYU beat UC Davis 30-10. Stanford defeated Cal 41-17, and Tulane defeated LSU, 70-10. In Senior Women’s Divisional Matches, Asheville defeated Charlotte 102-0, while Fort Miami took down Jacksonville 52-5.