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Lindenwood went on the road to play Palmer Saturday, beating the chiropractic college 19-14 in Davenport, Iowa. The Lions and Dragons were knotted at 14-14 at halftime, but Lindenwood mustered the lone second-half score to bag the win.
It was the second hit-out of the season for the Lions, who beat Indiana earlier. Scoring tries for Lindenwood on the day were fullback Lungi Tshuma, hooker John Holden and scrumhalf Nick Markowski.
“It was pretty indicative of where we are at the moment,” said Lindenwood coach JD Stephenson of the restul. “We’re obviously really happy to get a win against DI men’s team, but there’s definitely a lot of work to be done as a team. It was our first hit out from having some guys back for various reasons. For the most part, I’m pretty happy with the performance.”
Palmer is a very big, aggressive side, and Lindenwood showed better fitness in the second half. But the Lions didn’t escape the game without taking some big hits.
“It was definitely a physical game, and our boys will be a little bit tender tomorrow,” said Stephenson, “but that’s the whole purpose of scheduling these games, is really just seeing what that DI standard of rugby is.”
Lindenwood continues its gauntlet of friendlies with men’s clubs in two weeks’ time against the St. Louis Bombers, while Palmer is back in Midwest DI action next week against the Chicago Griffins.