Rugby East Week Six Preview

D1A Rugby: Rugby East Week Six Preview
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After an exciting week in the rugby East conference, teams will ready themselves again for week six.

Iona vs. #4 Penn State

After defeating Army 29-13 at West Point, NY, the Nittany Lions took pole position in the Rugby East Conference and will look to cement their season’s efforts in their last few matches.  This week, Penn State will travel to New Rochelle, NY to face Iona.

Iona is 1-3 so far through the 2016 season. Iona will be disappointed thus far after their break out 2015 season which was comprised of four wins, including a defeat of Army, 43-26. The Golden Gaels will look to prove that they can matchup against the best and look to upset Penn State on Iona soil.

St. Bonaventure vs. #13 Kutztown

The Golden Bears will want to put last week’s defeat at the hands of Wheeling Jesuit, 33-20, behind them and mark another conference win when they matchup against St. Bonaventure. Kutztown’s two wins and a loss mark their halfway point in the season. The Bear’s two fierce battles against Army and Penn State are bookended by matches against Delaware on October 22nd and Buffalo on November 12th.

St. Bonaventure is well into their season and has produced two big wins over Buffalo and West Virginia, 48-31 and 70-22. The Bona Wolves will want to improve their current 2-3 record through their remaining three games. If St. Bonaventure want to record a winning 2016 season, they will need to win out— First against a tough Kutztown this weekend, followed by more favorable matchups against Delaware and Iona in the weeks to come.

#16 Wheeling Jesuit vs. #8 Army

Army started the season 5-0 against conference opponent. Their 2016 schedule culminates against thee D1A Top 20 teams. Last week’s loss to Penn State will leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Black Knights. The proven Rugby East talent will seek to cement their 2nd place position in the conference by beating Wheeling Jesuit this week and Kutztown in the next.

Wheeling Jesuit will look to build on their impressive upset of Kutztown 33-20 when they welcome Army to Wheeling, WV. The victory over the Golden Bears was due to an impressive kicking performance from Allen Hanson early on, followed by a Cardinals 24 point scoring streak in the second half. Allen Hanson’s accurate place kicking, as well as another great effort from Wheeling Jesuit’s offensive threats will be needed to take down the Black Knights. They will end their 2016 campaign against a struggling Buffalo and a dominant Penn State.

Buffalo, Delaware and West Virginia will all take advantage of a week of rest and will be back in action on October 22nd to complete the last month of Rugby East competition.