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It was a monumental weekend for the USA Eagles as the 15s clinched their second ARC Championship with a 61-19 win over Uruguay and the 7s was triumphant in Las Vegas dominating Argentina in the final, 28-0, to win their first HSBC title on their home turf. With all the celebration, many college and club programs joined the rugby craze this weekend.
The Houston Sabercats completed their MLR home preseason schedule with a 28-28 draw to the Ontario Arrows. In its final match at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas before moving to Dyer Stadium in Houston for the regular season, the Sabercats traded blows with the Canadian outfit for the full 80 minutes.
Houston held a slim 18-17 lead at the half before a back and forth saw the home squad take a 28-25 advantage with less than five minutes left. A game-tying penalty with less than two minutes remaining by Ontario’s Will Kelly forced a tie. The Sabercats play NOLA Gold and the San Diego Legion in the coming weeks prior to the MLR regular season opener versus NOLA on April 21st.
To get the crowd primed for the MLR match, Texas A&M defeated LSU, 29-14, in a clash of top teams in the D1A Red River. The Aggies take over sole possession of first place with the win. Additionally, Oklahoma improved to 5-3 with a forfeit victory over TCU.
All of the top ten teams in D1A were victorious, except for one. Saint Mary’s blanked upstart UC-Davis, 78-0, Lindenwood survived a scare from Arkansas State, 36-32, Army blew out Dartmouth, 113-7, and Navy crushed the Norfolk Blues, 41-0. In the conclusion of its annual home and home series with the University of British Columbia, Cal suffered its first loss of the season, 49-25, to the Thunderbirds.
D1AA was particularly busy with four conferences in action. Kansas nabbed a one-point win over Missouri in the Heart of America; Oregon State, Boise State, and Western Washington won in the NCRC; Nevada, Chico State, and Stanford grabbed victories in the Pac West; and Florida State nipped Central Florida in the SIRC.