Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The weather wreaked havok on some of the college rugby action this weekend. The big storm that ripped across the nation caused cancellations of games as far south as Texas & Louisiana. With the Las Vegas Invitational pulling in 7’s and 15’s teams from all across the college rugby landscape next week, many teams also took the weekend off of playing in preparation.
Still, there was plenty of action to go around.
In the southeast, SEC rivals Tennessee took on Alabama. Tennesee saw a late 15-5 lead disappear as Alabama scored tries in the 63rd and 72nd minute to rally for a 17-15 victory. Senior wing Jordan Bowlus had nine points (try, 2 conversions) for the Volunteers. Tennessee’s first side is preparing for the new Division I Premier competition, but their second side has a full slate of games scheduled for the spring, many against other SEC foes. Both Tennessee and Alabama are tapped to be a part of the recently announced Southeastern Rugby Conference.
In a big Texas Conference battle, the University of Texas outgunned Sam Houston State 43-17. A closer game than the scoreboard shows, the Bearkats were their own worst enemy with three yellow cards and a red card. The loss all but eliminates Sam Houston from the playoff race.
The Florida Gators kept pace in the South Conference with another blowout victory. The Gators manhandled the University of Georgia 55-10.
On the west coast, the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference had a handful of teams in play. Central Washington got a hard-fought 27-3 win over the University of Washington. Washington State defeated Western Washington 24-15 and the University of British Columbia cruised to a 24-12 win over Eastern Washington. UBC is atop the standings early on with a 2-0 record in conference play.
Down the coastline in California, Stanford outlasted Sacramento State 38-27 and Cal Poly defeated Claremont 27-12.
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