D1A Week 6 Recap

D1A Rugby: D1A Week 6 Recap
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Across the rugby landscape, it was another week with early playoff implications as teams jostled for top spots in their conference standings.

In a battle of top 10 Mid-South foes, #5 lindenwood defeated #9 Arkansas State 24-5 in the cold and mud. Lindenwood scored first in the 9th minute and took a 14-0 advantage into half. From there, the Lions’ defensive pressure and consistent possession on offense allowed them to control the pace of the second half. Thus far in the spring, Lindenwood has surrendered only 10 points per game.

“We talked before the game about winning the physical battle and I believe we did so with our strong defense and tough carries playing to the conditions,” Lindenwood senior prop Corey Harmann said. “It was helpful that our scrum was very dominant, (giving) a solid platform to work from.”

Next week Lindenwood takes on #2 Life in the first of two anticipated matchups between these teams. Life looked dominant again this week in a 63-3 rout over Clemson.

In California Conference play, #14 San Diego State got its first win of the season, beating #20 UC Davis 29-13. After a tough start to the season, the Aztecs showed resiliency, scoring the last 22 points of the game after finding themselves down 13-7 in the second half. This win along with a 60-7 Cal Poly victory over Santa Clara means a 3-way race for the second spot in the conference may be forming down the stretch, now that San Diego State, UC Davis and Cal Poly all have one loss.

#11 Arizona, looking to separate themselves in the PAC, did just that with a convincing 70-19 victory over #12 Utah. Fullback Kyle Rodgers led the scoring with a hat trick while his brother Matt Rogers scored twice in a five-minute span as the Wildcats moved to 3-0.

Next up for Arizona will be another daunting test as they host #4 Cal in a game that may decide the PAC. Cal continued to roll this weekend with a 106-7 non-conference win over Utah Valley.

On Thursday night, #4 BYU travelled to Colorado and came away with a 111-9 victory.

After a strong showing last week, Oklahoma picked up another Red River conference win, defeating Arkansas 41-12. Vincent Fairbarin notched three tries as the Sooners put themselves in better position in Red River North, staying right with Texas Tech who improved with a 53-7 triumph over TCU. Oklahoma will face a tough test in Baylor next week while Texas Tech travels to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas.