In the rubber match between Saint Mary’s and Life for the D1A National Championship, the match came down to who could handle the pressure of the moment. With the golden boot connecting on six penalties and a try, Gael fullback Dylan Audsley powered his team to the 30-24 win after trailing at halftime. The Saint Mary’s defense stood up the challenge and capitalized on Life’s penalty trouble. The... Read More
A year’s worth of rugby culminates in one match this Saturday. The D1A National Championship in Moraga, Calif. will be fought between two familiar foes with plenty of history. Ever since 2013, the title in the top division of collegiate rugby has been decided between Saint Mary’s College of California and Life University with the series tied 2-2. This season, each program has enjoyed enormous... Read More
With a 43-7 bashing of Arizona in the semifinals, Saint Mary’s College of California returns to the D1A National Championship for the fifth year in a row with its aim of bringing the title back to town. In Moraga, Calif., the Gaels dominated from the opening whistle scoring six tries and a penalty before the Wildcats could score in the final minute of play. Defense was paramount for Saint Mary’s... Read More
Life University is returning to the D1A National Championship for the fifth year in row after beating BYU in an epic 36-26 victory in Marietta, Ga. In the rematch of the 2012 D1A Semifinal, the clubs went back and forth for the entire match with gaining the upper hand in the second half. With the victory, Life will look to defend its D1A National Championship against familiar foe, Saint Mary’s,... Read More
After BYU exited the Varsity Cup, the D1A competition knew a major competitor would be entering the fray this postseason. For the first time since 2012, BYU is back in the D1A Playoffs and has advanced to the semifinals with a thorough 46-17 victory over Indiana. With the win, the Cougars earned a rematch of the 2012 semifinals against Life. BYU won 26-20 in Marietta, Ga. four years ago and aims... Read More
With a 37-20 epic victory over Lindenwood in the D1A Quarterfinals, Life University returns the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. Three tries in the first half gave the Running Eagles a 26-6 halftime lead, but a solid Lions attack made Life work in the second half for the win. Life and its undefeated record now welcome BYU to Marietta, Ga. on Saturday for its toughest test yet.
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Arizona booked its trip to the D1A Semifinals with a 48-5 slaughter of the Red River Champion, Baylor. The Wildcats were in control for the entire match scoring seven tries and were five minutes away from the shutout. When the Wildcats received a wake-up call from Utah in mid-March, the team has been on a tear as a late, which they hope to continue against Saint Mary’s in the semifinals on... Read More
When Saint Mary’s College of California made its debut in the D1A Playoffs on Saturday, San Diego State was no match for their California Conference rival. The Gaels ripped off 11 tries by eight different players and led 60-0 before SDSU scored in the second half. The Aztecs, who defeated Utah in the D1A opening round, attempted to mount a challenge, but could not gain a foothold in the test.... Read More
With seven top collegiate playoff matches on the slate Saturday, the question is where to watch the games. If you are not fortunate enough to see the D1A Quarterfinals, Varsity Cup Semifinals, or D1AA Spring Championship in person, most of the games will be live streamed online for your viewing pleasure.
D1A Quarterfinals - San Diego State at Saint Mary’s
Starting at 1:00 pm PST, Saint Mary’s... Read More
Rugby Today assistant editor and columnist Pat Clifton joins the Rugby Guys Podcast to talk about all things rugby in Episode 36. Pat lends his voice to Erik Woodworth, John Goodwyn, and Evan Lappen as they discuss the USA Rugby 7s performance in Singapore in the all North American final, a possible merger of D1A and the Varsity Cup in college, and the state of rugby in the United States. Plus,... Read More