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UC-Davis is one step closer to claiming its third consecutive DIAA national title after winning the spring championship 60-3 over Florida State. The Aggies will meet the fall champions, Notre Dame College, in what will be a rematch of last year’s title bout.
After two close wins in the west regional, the Aggies came out clinical against upstart FSU. The California side put up two tries very quickly and dominated Florida State for much of the game.
“We were playing controlled rugby and accurate rugby right from the get go,” said UC-Davis coach Kal Incendy.
The Aggies went up 24-3 at halftime but stellar defense and timely scoring saw them run away with the game in the second half. As potent as UC-Davis was on attack, it was the defensive effort that led this game to being lopsided. It was the first game all year that the Aggies did not allow a try.
“We played more expansive rugby at a higher tempo. We were more strategic with our kicking. Our back three played a great game defensively,” Incendy said of the performance.
After racking up the wins over the last couple of years, UC-Davis almost forgot what it was like to lose. A humbling loss to Chico State this year, however, reminded the Aggies and actually it lit a fire under them.
“That feeling of losing to someone set something off inside the players,” Incendy said of the loss to Chico State.
That hunger will need to drive them as they travel cross-country to take on a Notre Dame College side that is eyeing some revenge.
“I think they are going to be very hungry actually,” Incendy said of NDC. “They have been waiting a year to set the record straight, at least in their minds. I think it is going to be a super challenging game.”
The two sides will meet on May 6 at Life University to determine the true DIAA champions.