Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America
While blowouts have been common across the new College Premier Division, the Rugby East Conference week-in week-out has continued to impress. Of the 39 CPD games played to date, only nine have been decided by ten points or less. Of those nine, four have come out of the Rugby East.
Regardless of what happens down the road with the CPD, the Rugby East Conference is onto something with their collection of teams and should not have any problems wherever the competition goes. The conference could easily stand on their own legs if that ever comes to pass.
Rugby East Conference
Navy vs. Rutgers – Navy (2-0) cruised on Saturday to an easy 46-5 victory over Rutgers (0-3). Navy lock, Colin Byrne scored two tries in the winning effort.
Penn State vs. Dartmouth – The game everyone was watching in the Rugby East, Penn State (2-0) held on for a 22-19 win over Dartmouth (1-1). The Nittany Lions got two tries from Chris Karas while Dartmouth got two from prop Charlie Grant.
Army vs. Kutztown – Army (2-0) raged back from a 27-10 halftime deficit to shock Kutztown (0-2) and give the Golden Bears their second straight loss.
Tennessee vs. Texas A&M – The Volunteers (1-1) got a huge bounce-back victory by defeating Texas A&M (1-2) by a score of 28-25 at home. The Aggies made things interesting with a late try by Tim Telaneus, but they could not overcome the 18-point output from Tennessee flyhalf Sammy Anderson.
Life vs. LSU – Life (3-0) got a combined seven tries from forwards Garrett Lambert, Cam Dolan, and Paris Hollis as they dropped LSU (0-3) by a score of 71-8. The loss continues the Tigers early season struggles.
Arkansas State vs. Oklahoma – Arkansas State (2-0) kept pace in the Mid-South conference as they soundly defeated Oklahoma (0-2) by a margin of 40-3. The win sets up a massive conference battle next weekend in Arkansas between the Red Wolves and Life University.
BYU vs. Colorado State – BYU (4-0) kept rolling as they shut out the visiting Colorado State Rams (0-2) by a whopping score of 99-0. No surprises here.
Arizona at Arizona State – Arizona State (2-1) continued their impressive start to the season with a 38-15 victory over in-state rivals Arizona (1-1).
San Diego State vs. Cal Poly – In one of the more anticipated games of the weekend, San Diego State (2-2) defeated Cal Poly (1-2) by a score of 38-22. Mike Shea scored two tries for the Aztecs and Duncun Kelm had two conversions and three penalty goals to help pace the offence.
Cal vs. Central Washington – See, Cal (3-0) doesn’t score 100 points on everyone. All kidding aside, Central Washington (2-1) put up a pretty solid fight before falling to Cal 44-14 at home.
St. Mary’s vs. Claremont – St. Mary’s (3-0) kept pace in the Pacific Conference race with a 44-0 blanking of Claremont (0-2).
UCLA vs. UC Davis – The final Pacific Conference game produced one of the closest scorelines of the season in the Pacific as UCLA (1-2) got past UC Davis (0-3) by a narrow margin of 14-5. The Bruins did all of their scoring in the first half with tries from Joshua Parr and Taylor Bashara.