Blindside flanker Gabe Romero’s try and successful conversion by Lunaile Tshuma, who had 34 points in total, closed the half to put Lindenwood in a commanding, 41-0, lead.
All eight Lion reserves entered the match by the 59th minute. The rest for its starters and experience for the reserves will bode well for Lindenwood heading into next week’s D1A Quarterfinal match against Big Ten Universities Champion Indiana. The Hoosiers went undefeated in the fall, but their recent results include a March 19 loss to No. 7 Penn State. The second round match to be played in Bloomington, Ind. won’t be the first time the fourth-ranked Hoosiers have tangled with a Mid-South team this season. Back in October, the BTU Champions hosted Davenport and bested the Panthers, 18-17.
The loss marks the second consecutive season the Cardinals have been bounced in the opening round of the D1A Playoffs. The severe turnover on the Wheeling Jesuit roster from the fall to spring didn’t help in its defeat to Lindenwood, but should boost the team in its continued improvement in the Rugby East Conference.