KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown took its first step towards defending its 2013 Rugby East title and welcomed Buffalo to D1A Rugby to the tune of a 62-0 shutout in the process.
The Golden Bears didn’t let the wet conditions slow their ball on attack, as Kutztown spread the ball wide at will from the opening whistle, scoring 12 tries on the day.
“There were really no surprises on our end,” said Buffalo Head Coach Mike Hodgins. “We had a pretty good idea what sort of game we were going to get and Kutztown did not disappoint.”
The final score could have been much worse, but the typically accurate boot of All-American Niku Kruger only slotted one conversion. The inept conversion percentage seemed to be a direct result of the poor footing of the rain-soaked pitch, as well as Kutztown scoring several tries in the corner and should not be an issue moving forward.
For Buffalo, there were still positives to take away from their first ever Rugby East performance.
“I was very pleased with the effort we put forth and also in the fact that they played every minute and never gave up,” Hodgins said. “There is going to be a learning curve to play at this level and we very much look forward to the challenge.”
Kutztown’s Head Coach Doc Jones echoed Hodgins’ sentiment about Buffalo’s effort.
“This young Buffalo side we played, I’ve got to give them all the credit in the world,” said Jones. “They have big strong forwards who never backed down. They will get better. They have the pieces in place to build and get better with experience.”
A cancelation of Kutztown’s Sept. 20 match versus Navy gives both the Golden Bears and Buffalo byes this weekend. Both teams will return to Rugby East action Sept. 27 when Kutztown travels to Wheeling Jesuit and Buffalo takes on Iona.