Multitude of tries keep Indiana, Ohio State frontrunners of BTU

D1A Rugby: Multitude of tries keep Indiana, Ohio State frontrunners of BTU
Photo Credit: Greg Hildebrandt

BOULDER, Colo. – Week four brought a plethora of points in the Big Ten, a common theme so far this season. The six teams scored a combined 289 points Saturday, but almost half of those points were put up by Big Ten power Indiana, which scored 123 points. Again, the Big Ten weekend consisted of more tries than good competition.

No. 9 Indiana vs. Iowa
Iowa only scored two tries in this match, both coming in the last 10 minutes of the game. The Hawkeyes were completely overwhelmed by the powerful Indiana side, and lost this game, 123-10.

The Hoosiers scored a try in the second and sixth minutes, and led by 14 before the game was even 10 minutes in. They continued to pile on points throughout, leading Iowa, 64-0, at half. The Indiana back line scored most of the points, including three tries by wing Alexander Dorrier and two tries apiece by full back Johnathon Abbey and wing Jake Hidalgo.

Indiana remains the team to beat in the Big Ten, and has only two more games remaining on its Big Ten schedule. The Hoosiers will have their biggest challenge of the season when they play a nonconference match against No. 5 Davenport this Saturday. . Iowa will play its third consecutive ranked opponent next week in Ohio State, continuing a stretch of matches that would be tough for any team.

Minnesota vs. Michigan
Michigan came off of a tough loss to Indiana last week, but bounced back against a young Minnesota side and took this match, 59-5.

The Golden Gophers played a close match against Michigan through the first 20 minutes. The Wolverines scored a try in the 11th minute, but Michigan center Cole Van Harn incurred a yellow card in the 21st minute. Minnesota quickly took advantage on the man-up advantage, scoring a try a minute later to tie the match, 5-5.

From that point on, Michigan controlled the game. The Wolverines scored a try and a conversion in the 29th minute, and would capitalize on a Minnesota yellow card in the 39th minute, pushing the score to, 19-5, at the half. Michigan went on to score six more tries in the second half. Three of those tries came from Michigan full back Mathew Kasten, who also converted on three tries.

No. 17 Ohio State vs. Michigan State
Ohio State went up early in this match, scoring 25 unanswered points in 30 minutes, and gave Michigan State few opportunities to come back. The Buckeyes only let up three tries to the Spartans, and took this match, 77-15.

The Spartans have played some good rugby so far this season, beating Minnesota early and playing a close game against Michigan, but Ohio State proved to be too much.

The Buckeyes’ big men got involved in the scoring in this one, with hooker Luke Fay, loose head prop Kyle O’Donnell, and lock Jacob Berlin all scoring tries. The front row drubbed the Spartans, and the talent in the Buckeyes’ back line was able to rely more on the front line.

Ohio State plays Iowa next week before playing in a rematch of the 2014 Big Ten Championship game Oct. 24 against Wisconsin.