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It was rivalry day in college rugby in the state of Washington and the rivalries looked pretty one-sided Saturday, as both games were comfortable wins for the victors.
Central Washington celebrated their first game as a varsity program by hammering Western Washington 94-0 to win the Cascade Cup. Meanwhile, in a game that was expected to be much closer, the University of Washington Huskies downed the Cougars of Washington State University 35-5.
"Just a complete team performance, especially on defense," said UW Head Coach and former Eagle Brian Schoener. "Everyone pushed up hard, everyone worked hard, and we basically shut down their offense."
UW captain Justin Santos continues to be an inspirational leader and dangerous attacker from scrumhalf, and he scored two tries. He combined well with freshman Jack Stimson, who was a lock in high school but has demonstrated rare poise and vision in the #10 jersey.
Schoener said the offensive efforts from his team were of the grind-it-out variety, and he was pleased to see his team stay on task throughout the game.
"We had a lot of slow ball and had to work for it; our tries were hard-won," said Schoener, who added that the result was an indication of where the Huskies are going. "Our second team won today also, 7-0, and we as a club feel really good about what we're doing. The whole club believes in it and we're all working together to get where we want to go."