The college season is getting serious. We had three top-10 match-ups on the weekend, with our rankings holding up through all of them. Two were squeakers, and the other not so much.
Top-ranked BYU overcame a halftime deficit to beat No. 4 St. Mary's, 32-28. No. 2 Cal wallopped then-No. 7 Utah, 82-5. And third-ranked Life nipped Davenport, 28-25. The higher ranked team won each game, making us... Read More
80 minutes of rugby between two ranked programs came down to a conversion off the foot of UCLA’s flyhalf. Lined up near the left touch line, Ben Francis’ successful kick gave No. 15 UCLA the 31-29 win over No. 24 Arizona at Sitton Field in Tempe, Ariz. A slow first half birthed an action-packed second half where the game opened up with a total of seven tries.
“It was contested with errors on both... Read More
With the score knotted at 25-25 in the waning moments of the game, No. 3 Life’s flyhalf, Blaine McIlroy, set up the game-winning penalty kick. Eighth-ranked Davenport could only watch as the shot from 35 meters out sailed through the uprights for the three-point Life victory, 28-25, in Marietta, Ga.
“We made a few mistakes early in the game,” Life head coach Tui Osbourne stated. “It was try back... Read More
After being down by eight points at halftime, top-ranked BYU scored 22 points in the second half to outpace No. 4 Saint Mary’s 32-28 in Moraga, Calif. Saturday. It was a tough, hard-fought match between two National Champions, BYU the two-time defending Varsity Cup champion and St. Mary's the D1A titleist.
BYU is undefeated in six games this season and stretches its winning streak to 18 games... Read More
Wheeling Jesuit opened its spring account with a huge deposit in the win column, knocking off Navy, 25-19, in Annapolis, Md. Saturday. The Cardinals built a 20-0 halftime lead and did enough to secure the win in the latter 40 minutes.
The Cardinals took the lead just after the opening restart. They opted for touch off a very early Midshipman penalty, win the lineout, and put the ball through a... Read More
San Diego State defeated UC Santa Barbara 25-13 in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday. Despite not displaying its best performance, San Diego State managed to scrape out a victory heading into next week's bout with Santa Clara.
Santa Barbara opened the scoring with a penalty to take a 3-0 lead, but San Diego State answered with three tries in the first half to take a 15-3 advantage into the break.... Read More
In a friendly, St. Mary's defeated Olympic Club, 36-31, in Moraga, Calif., Saturday. Both sides used the match as a tune up for a tough spring campaign. St. Mary’s is preparing for a tough stretch where it plays Utah and BYU on consecutive days, followed two weeks later with a visit to Cal. Also slated on St. Mary’s schedule is Dartmouth and an East Coast trip to West Point to take on Army.
For... Read More
The University of Arizona traveled to Santa Clara this weekend and came away with an impressive 55-5 victory. Thanks to excellence in the set piece and a strong defensive performance, Arizona came away with a convincing win.
“Santa Clara is really physical and aggressive and were able to do some good things,” Arizona head Coach Sean Duffy told Rugby Today. “Where the game really changed was up... Read More
Arizona takes on Santa Clara Saturday in Santa Clara, Calif. in an important non-conference clash. As Arizona is a D1A independent, these games against D1A contemporaries will be a large part of the Wildcats’ resume come tournament time. They also play Colorado State and Wyoming out of conference.
Both teams enter the contest undefeated, Santa Clara having beaten Stanford, 22-19, last week. The... Read More