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Several DIAA conferences featured a full plate of games. Both the Ivy and SCRC opened up their respective conferences and the results were intriguing.
In the Ivy, nine time consecutive champions Dartmouth started league play with another bang. The Big Green was up 40 points at halftime and managed an 81-15 win over Cornell.
In years past, Dartmouth has scheduled several tough non-conference games before heading into league play. The Big Green only played one game this year, however, and the team struggled with Penn State. It did, however, prepare them to take on Ivy competition.
While Dartmouth is happy with the win, it is about building to its high standard of rugby that they set for themselves.
“It is always tough to play Cornell at home early in the season. We have a lot to work on and will continue to build into our season,” said newly minted coach James Willocks.
In other action, Harvard exacted revenge on Brown. The Crimson fell to the Rhode Island rivals last year, but came away with a comfortable 53-15 win this go around. Brown, who, made the DIAA playoffs last year, will need to bounce back next week.
Yale defeated Penn in the only other conference game 22-7.
The big noise coming out of the SCRC was Kentucky defeating Tennessee 44-24. The Wildcats went up 15-0 25 minutes in and led 25-5 at the break. Kentucky kept the ball moving and away from Tennessee’s forwards and were able to get on top early.
“We know Tennessee very well and it is always interesting when we battle it out. We know that their pack is pretty dominant in lineouts and mauls so we really wanted to limit their ability to do that,” said Kentucky coach Gary Anderson.
The teams traded tries in the second half and Tennessee was never able to spark a comeback. The Wildcats got strong play from its all-conference leaders. Caleb Canter, Brendon Esson, and Isaac Hamlin all gave performances in the win.
The other big game of the weekend saw Alabama defeat Florida 39-13. The reigning SCRC champs are off to a good start and will be marking their calendars for a date with Tennessee a month from now.