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Lindenwood bounced back from a tough loss against Central Washington to pick up a pair of wins on a Colorado tour this week. The Lions blasted the University of Colorado 84-0 on Thursday and defeated Air Force 53-7 on Saturday.
The Lions got on the board in the second minute against Colorado and never looked back. In total, Lindenwood scored 15 tries with nine different players reaching the try zone. The back three scored eight tries in the process, with Alexander Augspurg netting four and Christian Rodriguez getting three.
“He is one of the more unique players in college rugby,” Lindenwood coach Josh Macy said of Rodriguez. He shifts down the sidelines at an elite level, and is quickly developing as another ball playing option.”
Although the Lions were firing on all cylinders offensively, it was their defense that many members of the team were most pleased with.
“After letting in some tries last weekend, it felt great to keep a clean sheet. Colorado was on our line a few times, but we kept organized and kept them out. On attack, we just reaped the rewards of playing our shape,” said inside center Joe Livesey.
The Lions had a quick turnaround, playing Air Force two days later. Lindenwood won the first half but it was a much tougher affair than two days prior. After taking a 17-0 halftime lead, the Lions pulled away in the second half to win comfortably 53-7.
“Air Force was fit and tough. They continued to keep pace through the match. Once we battled through the altitude, we were able to really step on the gas in our attack,” said hooker Gabe Romero.
The back three continued its hot streak with Rodriguez dotting down two more times and fullback Michael Baska getting in the action with two of his own.
“We managed to string together some good phases, get quick ball thanks to our forward pack and score a few tries. It's nice to bounce back and play some attacking rugby after being starved of possession against Central Washington,” said flyhalf Nick Feakes.
Ultimately, it was a quality tour for Lindenwood, getting in a pair of quality wins and bonding as a unit. The team spent some time visiting local establishments, taking in what Colorado has to offer.
“It was a great test for us and pressured our organization and recovery. It was a great time to bond with the boys and see some beautiful country. The progress on the field was the cherry on top,” said Captain Jack Huckstepp.