(Update: the original run of this article said there was one independent
team competing in DI-AA this season. That's incorrect, as New Mexico has
been playing DII. Additionally, the author didn't originally consider the
Southeastern playoff structure. Four teams advance to the SCRC playoffs in
Three teams will receive at-large bids to the USA Rugby DI-AA playoffs this... Read More
Cal Poly’s victory over Cal on Saturday was the first time since 2004 that
the Cal Bears lost a non-playoff game to a US-based college.
Oddly, that time it was Cal Poly, too. Cal ran out a second side against an
outstanding Cal Poly outfit in a friendly, losing the game but gaining
valuable insight into the team they would ultimately play (and beat) in the
2004 national final... Read More
There were blowouts and close calls all through the DI-AA rugby scene this
week, but the higher-ranked teams all came out on top.
In Northern California, both
league games came down to a single points, with #9 Sacramento State edging
Stanford 23-22, and #15 Chico State beating #23 Santa Clara 43-42.
“Our league is going to be super tight,” said Chico Head Coach Mitch Jagoe... Read More
BYU won their second match against a Super League squad, following up
January’s close win over Old Puget Sound Beach with a 38-25 defeat of the
BYU has had more time on the field than the men’s clubs, but still the
results are impressive. Head Coach David Smyth’s squad is an experienced
one, with the best forward pack in the nation, certainly in... Read More
It was a wild and woolly day in the Northern California college scene, even
if you discount Cal’s surprise loss to Cal Poly.
Santa Clara and Chico State played in a barnburner, with Chico escaping
In that game, Chico ran out to a 22-0 lead after 20 minutes and led 22-7 at
halftime. Somehow Santa Clara came back, but Chico kept answering them with
enough tries to just... Read More
UCLA overcame a small but real 5-3 halftime deficit to beat UC Davis 27-5
Saturday in D1A league action.
center Race Noeldner scored two tries in the second half to pace the Bruins
to the victory in difficult, wintry conditions.
"Davis really tested us and were super physical," said UCLA Head Coach
Scott Stewart. "At halftime we talked about how we wanted to play in... Read More
Paced by 35 points from Connor Mills and a complete turnaround in almost
all possession stats, Texas A&M throttled Oklahoma 85-0 Saturday in D1A
Mills scored two tries, a penalty goals, and was 11-12 in conversions to
claim his 35. But it was a strong team effort that kept the ball in Aggie
hands all day.
"It was a total turnaround from last week," said... Read More
Lindenwood University, the new varsity program out of Missouri, spent the
entire fall destroying opposition, averaging 87 points a game and topping
100 six times, including five in a row.
Coach Ron Laszewski has therefore turned to the club ranks to find more
stern opposition. Saturday the result wasn't much different, as Lindenwood
shut out the St. Louis Ramblers 81-0... Read More
Arkansas State University put the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the sword
Saturday, winning 99-0 in D1A rugby action.
ASU got three tries from Shaun Peterson and two from Paul Benade, Zac
Mizell, Danie Swanepoel, and Dale Bates. Benade now leads the D1A with six
tries in two games. Peterson led a superb performance by the back row, and
was... Read More
Losing a game 64-12 isn’t exactly a confidence boost, is it?
Well if you’re on the Penn State University men’s rugby team, you might
take something out of such a hiding. It was a loss, by the way, to BYU, a
team that regularly beats very good rugby teams by much more massive
scores. They took Central Washington apart 76-7 just a couple of... Read More