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The national collegiate playoffs are upon the American rugby world and the results went pretty much as expected. The favorites won and won convincingly, albeit for one closer than expected outcome. In the ramp up to MLR opening weekend on Saturday, Rugby United New York’s match against the Ontario Arrows in Canada was snowed out and the Seattle Seawolves play their only prep match today versus the Prairie Wolf Pack. As for DI club, SFGG upset OMBAC for its second straight loss and Olympic Club dealt another blow to Life West, while Belmont Shore, Norfolk, Rocky Gorge, Washington Irish, the Dallas Reds, Glendale Merlins, and Mystic river all won.
The Round of 16 in the D1A national playoffs saw seven of the eight winning teams surpass 45 points as routs littered the results. Life, Cal, and Lindenwood each scored over 80 points in their victories and St. Mary’s, Penn State, and Army amassed over 50 points in their wins. Navy shut out Indiana, 47-0, and in the closest match of the day, BYU came back with two late tries to beat Arkansas State, 34-23.
The quarterfinals next Saturday will feature the following match-ups: St. Mary’s vs Lindenwood, Penn State vs BYU, Life vs Army, and Navy vs Cal. Locations and start times are to be determined.
For the Pacific Rugby Premiership, OMBAC suffered its second straight defeat with a loss to SFGG, 41-22, Belmont Shore withstood a tough test from Santa Monica, 40-35, and Olympic Club won its second game with a 38-29 victory over Life West.
For the rest of DI club results, the Mid-Atlantic, Red River, and Atlantic North were in action. The Norfolk Blues beat the Pittsburgh Harlequins, Rocky Gorge clocked the Potomac Exiles, and the Washington Irish prevailed over Schuylkill River in the Mid-Atlantic; the Dallas Reds edged the Austin Blacks, the Glendale Merlins cracked the Dallas Harlequins, and the Austin Huns tied the Little Rock Stormers in the Red River; and Mystic River clobbered NYAC, 66-5 in the Atlantic North.
|Texas A&M||12||Lindenwood||81||D1A - Round of 16|
|Colorado State||15||Army||52||D1A - Round of 16|
|Indiana||0||Navy||47||D1A - Round of 16|
|Penn State||51||Arizona||34||D1A - Round of 16|
|BYU||34||Arkansas State||23||D1A - Round of 16|
|Cal||85||Grand Canyon||14||D1A - Round of 16|
|Life||87||Central Washington||7||D1A - Round of 16|
|St. Mary's||58||Cal Poly||22||D1A - Round of 16|
|NYAC||5||Mystic River||66||DI Club - Atlantic North|
|Pittsburgh Harlequins||16||Norfolk Blues||39||DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Rocky Gorge Rugby||33||Potomac Exiles||17||DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Schuylkill River Exiles||14||Washington Irish||43||DI Club - Mid-Atlantic|
|Belmont Shore Rugby||40||Santa Monica Dolphins||35||DI Club - Pacific Rugby Premiership|
|Olympic Club Rugby||38||Life West Gladiators||29||DI Club - Pacific Rugby Premiership|
|San Francisco Golden Gate||41||OMBAC||22||DI Club - Pacific Rugby Premiership|
|Dallas Harlequins||38||Glendale Merlins||52||DI Club - Red River|
|Dallas Rugby||34||Austin Blacks||23||DI Club - Red River|
|Little Rock Stormers||29||Austin Huns||29||DI Club - Red River|
|Ontario Arrows||Cancelled||Rugby Club New York||Cancelled||MLR - Preseason|
|Seattle Seawolves||Prairie Wolf Pack||MLR - Preseason|