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The University of Colorado booked a place in the DI-A quarterfinals with a 54-24 defeat of Wisconsin the play-in matchup between the Big Ten champion and the West runners up.
Buffaloes Head Coach Jim Snyder said the timing was good for his squad to finally put together a good performance.
"We have been making little mistakes, handling errors, that sort of thing," he said. "So I didn't think we'd played the rugby we are capable of all season. We were fortunate that we could put it together when we needed to."
Because of that, said Snyder, the Buffs have often left points unclaimed, and that was the case when they lost last week's conference decider against Colorado State (score 23-20).
"When the game is so close, it's the little things," said Snyder. "When we play the way we want to play, we're very good. When we eliminate mistakes, we can play at a high level."
Colorado got two tries from Brian Wanlass, and two also from scrumhalf Sean Kilfoyle. Brendan Cox, Guido Mernig, and Zach Savage. Kilfoyle and Jean-Claude Troublet de Nermont combined on points from the tee.
Kilfoyle, said Snyder, is coming into his own and is now "a very fine collegiate rugby player."
Lock forward Wanless also had a superb day. His attacking runs through traffic, said Snyder, "kept us on the front foot all day."