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With the emphatic win of the USA National team against Argentina serving as the nightcap, plenty of college and club rugby was on display on Saturday. Most of the D1A heavyweights were in action as St. Mary’s, Cal, Life, Lindenwood, and Arizona walked away as victors. In the club world, the Houston Sabercats preyed on the Capital Selects and the Dallas Reds and Austin Blacks continued their dominance in the DI Red River.
In the appetizer match at the StubHub Center, Arizona beat UCLA, 33-10, to go along with their Friday night win over USC. The wins push the Wildcats into first place in the PAC before their bout with Utah on Saturday. In a non-conference dual, Cal exploded in the second half for 66 points to beat SDSU, 85-10.
The first full week of play in the Mid-South saw two unexpected blowouts. Life cracked Arkansas State for 69 points and only gave up a single unconverted try. In the match between the Lions and Tigers, Lindenwood stopped Clemson, 62-10, for its first conference win.
Baylor improved to 5-0 in the D1A Red River with a 44-21 win over Arkansas, but Texas A&M is keeping pace. The Aggies fought Houston to a 55-6 victory and are now 4-0. Oklahoma finally notched its first conference win against Texas Tech and the Texas versus LSU match was postponed.
In non-conference matches, St. Mary’s stomped the Olympic Club, 60-7, and Central Washington got back on the right side of the ledger with a 70-0 shutout over Washington. Lastly, GCU rebounded from its loss to BYU last week by defeating Arizona State, 43-15.
The busy D1AA saw 14 matches on the docket. In a quick rundown, Long Beach State reached the century mark beating Cal State Fullerton in the Gold Coast, all the home teams in the Pac West (Stanford, Chico State, Sacramento State, and San Francisco State) defended their pitch with wins, and Central Florida, Florida State, Middle Tennessee State, and South Florida each were victorious in the SIRC. As for the NCRC, the only reported score was Oregon shutting out Boise State, 32-0, as Idaho was unable to make its trip to Oregon State and Western Oregon forfeiting both games.
The Houston Sabercats built on their win versus James Bay last week to clobber the visiting Capital Selects, 49-3. The Sabercats will look for another victory this Saturday against the Chicago Lions.
In the DI Red River, it doesn’t look like the Dallas Reds or Austin Blacks can be stopped. Both squads are undefeated after the Reds shut out the Glendale Merlins, 67-0, and the Blacks beat Little Rock, 49-20. What is more impressive is that Dallas has an incredible +195 point differential and has only given up eight points in three games. To wrap up the division, the Austin Huns are still searching for their first win falling to the Dallas Harlequins, 44-12.