Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America
Arizona State used a late barrage to blow open a close game as the Sun Devils defeated the University of Colorado in the first ever College Premier Division game. The two Western Conference foes played a tight first half before the floodgates opened at the end of the contest.
Arizona State took a close lead 14-7 into the break and extended their lead to 19-7 with a try from Chris Coyle early in the second half. Colorado #8 Ben Shafer touched down in the 53rd minute to cut Arizona State’s lead to 19-12 and put the Buffaloes back in the game.
Unfortunately for the travelling Colorado squad, Arizona broke the game wide open in the final twenty minutes before Colorado’s Luke Lahman scored at the final whistle to leave the score at 48-19 in favor of the Sun Devils.
Arizona State received a big boost from their cross-overs from the ASU football program. On loan from Dennis Erickson, #8 Trevor Kohl receives the distinction of scoring the first ever try in CPD history as he touched down in the 23rd minute to break a scoreless tie. Football crossover and rugby newcomer, Chris Coyle, also made his precense felt as he scored two tries for the Sun Devils from the wing.
The two teams certainly aimed to entertain as they combined to score 11 tries in the game.
Arizona State 48 University of Colorado 17
Arizona State Scoring (48)
University of Colorado Scoring (17)