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Penn State opened its spring season with an impressive 30-6 defeat of Davenport Saturday in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions led 17-6 at halftime and were in control most of the 80 minutes.
Sophomore openside flanker Malcolm May paced Penn State with two tries. Fullback Joe Kelly and No. 8 Joe Corrado dotted down as well, and freshman scrumhalf Jimmy Ronan chipped in two conversions and two penalties. Davenport’s six points came from two Sondai Adjei penalties.
Saturday marked the first game for new Penn State head coach Alf Daniels. He and director of rugby Chris Amoratis have installed a new attacking pattern this season, and the Nittany Lions reaped the benefits Saturday.
“I thought the guys played it pretty well. We made a lot of pretty basic handling errors we need to clean up moving forward. For everybody, we’re coming out of the summer pretty rough, yet, so we play Davenport three weeks from now and they don’t let us get away with some of the mistakes we made,” said Amoratis.
“We were pretty good at moving the ball wide and finding some width in our attack, which is part of the structure we’re implementing, so we were happy with that, for sure.”
Penn State is a veteran laden team eager to erase the memory of a 2013/2014 campaign that saw the team lose the ACRC final to rival Kutztown in the fall and its spring season marred by suspension.
“We’ve returned guys that upped their intensity,” said Amoratis. “I think some of it is, with how last spring ended for us, being a letdown with the suspension and missing most of the 15s season, I think the guys were itching to come out and play this season.”