Utah’s been in this
spot before. In 2006, they drew hallowed Cal in the DI National Semifinal
and lost 30-11. In 2002, the Utes fell 43-22 to the Bears in the National
Title match. Saturday, in the College Premier Division semifinals in
Glendale, Colo., they again are tasked with the unenviable chore of playing
How can they make this game different? How can the Utes, notorious... Read More
On some level, the Harvard vs. Davenport semifinal is a match
between the haves and the have-nots. At first glance, you’d think Harvard,
with a National Championship and more DI Final Fours than any other non-CPD
team, would be the haves. But you’d be wrong.
Being about as elite and upper-crust a school as there is, it’s probably a
stretch to consider Harvard a have-not, but compared... Read More
may have outscored Navy 64-12, but they didn’t feel like it Saturday.
“We wanted to get out to a lead because we knew they would come after us,”
said BYU Head Coach David Smyth. “And they did, and they didn’t stop. We
felt we needed to play our game and also keep our own ball. I think we did
that very well in the second half. It was a good performance because Navy
was never,... Read More
College Premier Division quarterfinals went as most experts (and even the
RUGBYMag.com staff!) expected. Cal won relatively comfortably, but Life did
themselves proud. BYU won comfortably, although Navy battled until the end.
St. Marys and Arkansas State were close, with the advantage going to
Arkansas State because they were at home. The only surprise in terms of the
ranking... Read More
defeated Army 32-26 but in essence it was really three games – the first
lasted no more than 15 minutes, during which time Utah stepped on the gas
early and scored through a Sione Lauti penalty, a try from flanker and
captain Danny James, and a Blake Miller try that Lauti converted.
Hosts Army must have wondered what happened. They’ve barely taken the field
and are down 15-0... Read More
University of Utah upset Army 32-26 at the Anderson Rugby Complex at West
Point Sunday in the College Premier Division quarterfinals.
Down 19-15 with 30 minutes to go, the Utes exploded with three tries to
turn the game on its head and lead 32-19 with two minutes to go.
Army surged back to pound the Utah line, and earned a penalty try for their
pains. But there was no time... Read More
For the second-straight year, Arkansas State ended the St.
Mary’s Gaels’ season, and for the second-straight year, the Red Wolves
needed some excellent defense to stifle a second-half St. Mary’s comeback
bid. Arkansas State opened with a 10-point run, ignited when center Dean
Gericke corralled a long-range Zac Mizell kick for a try. Flyhalf Patrick
Sullivan added the next five points... Read More
is into the College Premier Division semifinals after the Bears defeated
Life University 43-10 Saturday at St. Mary’s Pat Vincent Field in Moraga,
The star of the day was a player who has been playing quietly effective
rugby for several years now. Flanker Tom Rooke notched three tries,
thrusting him into a limelight he deserves, but has rarely sought. Rooke
scored two... Read More
is in the College Premier Division semifinals after they won a wide-open,
and sometimes sloppy, sometimes exciting quarterfinals match over Navy
Saturday 64-12 at BYU’s South Field.
The Cougars played an adventurous style, tackling the Midshipmen hard, and
trying to force turnovers whenever possible. They got enough of them to
rack up the tries early. After a Shaun Davies... Read More
One team first boasted of a rugby team in the 19th Century, and
has won more national DI titles than anyone else combined.
But the stories Cal program isn’t stuck in the past, just as Life
University isn’t necessarily the wave of the future. Both just want to win
a rugby game in Moraga, Calif. on Saturday.
This highly-anticipated College Premier Division... Read More