Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Rugby East Conference
Tim Acker, Kutztown, Jr., Flyhalf (Buckingham, Pa.)
Saturday: Three tries, two penalty kicks, six conversions for 33 points in a 68-24 win over Ohio State
Coach Notes: He was also instrumental in consistently attacking the Ohio State backline as he found numerous gaps to run through on his way to launching his teammates in a 68 point effort against the Buckeyes. He was unanimously voted the most dynamic player on the field, for both sides this day.
Previous Rugby East Winners
March 26: Charlie Grant, Dartmouth, Prop
March 19: Ryan Goulding, Penn St., Lock
March 12: Jimmy Kowalski, Delaware, Fullback
March 5: Ricky Neel-Feller, Navy, Scrumhalf
Pat Sullivan, Arkansas St., Soph., Flyhalf (Mokena, Ill.)
Saturday: 18 points on 1 try, three penalty kicks and two conversions in a 28-26 win over Life.
Coach Notes: Stepped in to handle the kicking duties for the first time this season and converted two conversions and three penalties, including the game winner with five minutes to go.
Previous Mid-South Winners
March 26: Sam Anderson, Tennessee, Outside Center
March 19: Sean Peterson, Notre Dame, Flyhalf
March 12: David Caswell, Arkansas St., Wing
March 5: Cameron Dolan, Life, No. 8
Travis Hughes, Arizona State, Sr. No. 8 (Bullhead City, Ariz.)
Saturday: Three tries in a 40-10 win over Colorado State
Coach Notes: Travis scored 3 tries and created various opportunities for others to score. His tackle count was at a 95% tackle to miss ratio. He was voted ASU’s player of the game for the third time this season. First two-time Player of the Week winner this season.
Previous Western Winners
March 26: Travis Hughes, Arizona St., No. 8
March 19: Ryan Roundy, BYU, No. 8
March 12: Don Pati, Utah, Scrumhalf
March 5: Carson Cleveland, Air Force, Flyhalf
Ryan Hamilton, Central Washington, Sr., Flyhalf (Republic, Wash.)
Saturday: 1 try, 1 penalty kick and three conversions in a 36-25 win over UC Davis
Coach Notes: Central down 6 starters from the week prior because of injuries and academic requirements needed a player to step up and lead a Ryan did just that. To go along with his personal point total of 14 he put 2 players away tries. Ryan typically plays outside centre but moved to flyhalf this week for the first time this season and performed well.
Previous Pacific Winners
March 26: Andrew Cook, St. Mary’s Hooker
March 19: Joe Brophy, St. Mary’s, No. 8
March 12: Duncan Kelm, San Diego St., Center
March 5: Stuart Sharpe, Cal Poly-SLO, Fullback