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With USA picking up its fourth win of the ARC in Brazil, rugby on the homefront was busy with 21 games in college, four tests in DI club, and the first match of MLR foes this preseason. The teams in the D1A top five picked up wins while OMBAC, SFGG, and Olympic Club won out west. In the historic first game between two clubs of the MLR, the Houston Sabercats defeated NOLA Gold, 30-12.
In D1A non-conference action, Saint Mary’s, Cal, and Navy were victorious while BYU’s match against Utah Valley was canceled. St. Mary’s bashed the visiting Glendale Merlins and in its annual meeting with the University of British Columbia, Cal edged the Thunderbirds in a spirited 39-36 contest. D1AA power Mary Washington gave Navy all it could handle as the game was close until the final ten minutes of the match, 25-7.
Down in the Mid-South, Life remained on a roll dispatching Davenport, 69-24, to stay undefeated in the conference. Lindenwood rebounded from last week’s loss to shut out Clemson, 41-0.
Out west, Arizona dominated its in-state rival Arizona State, 69-20, and UCLA recorded its second straight draw with a 27-27 tie against Utah. To conclude the PAC play, Cal crushed USC, 145-0, in its lead-up to UBC. In the California Conference, UC Davis beat the SCUTS, 43-10.
In the Red River, Texas A&M defeat of Houston put it into a tie atop the leaderboard with Baylor whose match versus Arkansas was postponed to March 31st. LSU remained undefeated with a 63-29 victory over Texas and is seven standing points behind the frontrunners with two fewer games played.
Results in the D1AA NCRC saw Western Washington and Oregon clobber their opponents while Nevada and Stanford defended their home fields in the Pac West. The only reported score in the SIRC was the Seminoles of Florida State dealing a 53-13 blow to Florida Atlantic.
Round three of Pacific Rugby Premiership ended with OMBAC as the last unbeaten squad. OMBAC were road warriors and doubled up Belmont Shore, 54-26, behind a three-try performance from Tai Tuisamoa. The Olympic Club grabbed its first win of the season against Santa Monica, 17-7, and SFGG continued it winning streak with a 30-22 victory over Life West.
Lastly, the Houston Sabercats claimed first blood in its hopeful rivalry against NOLA Gold. The match marked the first clash between MLR clubs and showed that the Sabercats are the most battle-hardened team in the league thus far. Malacchi Esdale scored a pair for Houston and Osea Kolinisau dotted down another in the win. Flyhalf Sam Windsor earned Man of the Match honors directing traffic while scoring a try, two penalties, and two conversions.