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Life moved to 4-0 in American Rugby Premiership action with a commanding 61-6 victory over Old Blue in Marietta, Ga., Saturday. With the loss, Old Blue drops to 1-3 in conference action. The first half was very tight with Old Blue playing some valiant defense. Going into the break Life lead 19-6.
“In the first half we had really good set piece with quite a few line breaks that we didn’t cash in on,” Life Coach Dan Payne told Rugby Today. “We felt pretty good about getting on the front foot but we just missing a little bit of accuracy,” The Life coaching staff stressed patience going into the second half. The Running Eagles heeded the advice, scoring 42 unanswered second-half points.
Life is proving to be the class of ARP rugby. After narrowly defeating NYAC in the first match of the season, Life has averaged close to 60 points in its last three ARP victories. “There is no secret. I think we are pretty solid and sound through all positions. We have a group of guys that are working really hard and having a fun time playing with each other,” Payne said.
With a solid training environment and great leadership from some of the senior members of team, including AJ MacGinty, Shaun Davies, Kris Headlee and Dave Gannon, the squad is continuously striving to improve. “A lot of guys have aspirations to play as high as they can, so they train with that in mind,” said Payne.
Paris Hollis, Colton Cariaga and Harley Davidson, all of whom have starred or star for Life's undergrads, have proved nice additions to the squad. However, Payne suggested that it's almost impossible to put a finger on any particular player driving success. “It is hard to name any one person because there has been such a good contribution across the board.”
Having played six games in seven weeks, Life is welcoming the coming break. Payne admitted, “the next six weeks or so we will focus on getting all the little bumps and bruises healthy and continue to work on some skill development.” Life will regroup for the spring season and hope to welcome Phil Thiel back from Eagle commitments.