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Walmsley carrying the ball for Dartmouth

Colorado stormed out of nowhere into the Las Vegas Invitational final, and now the Buffs sit one win away from punching their first-ever ticket to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. Standing in their way is a team that’s already got an invite to the big dance, Dartmouth.

The Buffs are the talk of the tournament, not yielding a single point until their semifinal upset of Kutztown, knocking out the defending champions. They needed every second of the match to do so, scoring a converted try at the death to claim a 19-17 win.

The surprising defeat was KU’s second of the tournament. David Smyth’s Utah Valley bested the Golden Bears 26-19 in pool play. The Wolverines beat another CRC team, Fordham, en route to a 3-0 campaign, but they fell short in the rematch against Kutztown in the quarterfinals, 21-14.

Dartmouth’s road to the final was nearly as smooth as Colorado’s. The Big Green yielded just one try in pool play. Their nail biter was in the quarterfinal, a 21-14 win over St. Joe’s. The Hawks were a little too adventurous with offloads, but unfortunate to lose in the end. Dartmouth made lighter work of Utah in the semis, beating Utah 33-12 in bout between past CRC champions.  

Saturday’s final will be played at 3:15 p.m. MT inside Sam Boyd Stadium during a break in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action.

Knockout Scores
SF: Colorado 19-17 Kutztown
SF: Dartmouth 33-12 Utah
QF: Colorado 19-0 South Carolina
QF: Kutztown 21-14 Utah Valley
QF: Dartmouth 21-14 St. Joe’s
QF: Utah 21-15 Air Force

Pool A
Air Force 22-5 James Madison
W. Michigan 29-14 N. Colorado
W. Michigan 19-5 James Madison
Air Force 17-0 N. Colorado
James Madison 22-5 N. Colorado
Air Force 34-12 W. Michigan

Pool B
Clemson 37-7 Michigan State
Colorado 38-0 St. Joe’s 2
Clemson 57-0 St. Joe’s 2
Colorado 29-5 Michigan State
Colorado 22-0 Clemson
Michigan State 12-10 St. Joe’s 2

Pool C
Kutztown 38-0 Fordham
Utah Valley 55-0 UNLV
Utah Valley 26-19 Kutztown
Fordham 38-0 UNLV
Kutztown 69-0 UNLV
Utah Valley 31-12 Fordham

Pool D
Dartmouth 26-5 Utah State
Syracuse 22-22 New Mexico
Northeastern 40-0 Weber State
Dartmouth 43-0 New Mexico
Dartmouth 38-0 Syracuse
Syracuse 43-5 Utah State

Pool E
Utah 12-10 St. Joe’s
Buffalo 24-5 Pitt
St. Joe’s 38-5 Buffalo
Utah 34-5 Pitt
St. Joe’s 59-12 Pitt
Utah 36-5 Buffalo

Pool F
Northeastern 19-7 S. Carolina
S. Carolina 59-12 Weber State
Colorado State 17-10 Northeastern
Colorado State 42-5 Weber State
S. Carolina 21-7 Colorado State
Northeastern 40-0 Weber State