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Arkansas State University put the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the sword Saturday, winning 99-0 in D1A rugby action.
ASU got three tries from Shaun Peterson and two from Paul Benade, Zac Mizell, Danie Swanepoel, and Dale Bates. Benade now leads the D1A with six tries in two games. Peterson led a superb performance by the back row, and was perhaps spurred on by the presence of his parents at the match in Jonesboro, Ark. Also inspired by his family in the crowd was Hawiian product Dale Bates, who, along with fellow Hawiian Connor Cook, had a very strong game.
The match was never in doubt, so Head Coach Matt Huckaby was looking for precision as much as anything else.
"We were playing a game within a game," said Huckaby. "We didn't worry about the score so much as looked at some percentages we wanted to improve."
These included ball retention, success in offloads out of the tackle, and tackle percentage.
"The improvement was there," added Huckaby. "Especially in the offloads, which we just more sound. And that improvement was reflected in the score."
At 2-0, and a comfortable 2-0, the Red Wolves now are looking to break this game down and find more areas of play that need imporvement.
"We are building toward playing Life," Huckaby said of his team's chief rivals; ASU visits Life University March 17 in Georgia, and then welcomes the Running Eagles on the return engagement April 21. Those matches will undoubtedly decide who wins the Mid-South in D1A.
Arkansas State 99
Tries: Chitanda, Benade 2, Swanepoel 2, Mizell 2, Peterson 3, Hayslip, Bates 2, Carrion, Cook
Convs: Sullivan 5, Caswell 7
Notre Dame 0