BOULDER, Colo. – Aside from snowstorms forcing the two matches out of the West to be cancelled, March arrived with a number of compelling matches in D1A Rugby. There were no nail-biters to speak of, but both Saint Mary’s and Life earned wins against teams expected to challenge each school for conference titles. Also, the once thought of one-team race in the Allied Rugby Conference looks to be completely up for grabs.
Life 34-7 Arkansas State
Life and Arkansas state are two programs that know each other very well and produce very competitive matches when the two go head-to-head. This Saturday was a different scenario when Life took it to Arkansas State 34-7. Helping Life coast to the unexpected route was Joe Cowley who scored 19 points for the Running Eagles. More on this match to come from D1ARugby.com.
Saint Mary’s 36-5 Cal Poly
Even in a competitive California Conference, it seemed a difficult task for anyone from the Golden State to knock-off Saint Mary’s. Cal Poly, a team that reached the National Semifinal last spring, was thought to be the most likely candidate to steal the California title away from the Gaels. Instead, Saint Mary’s ran away from the Mustangs to improve to 2-0 in D1A play. More on this match to come from D1ARugby.com.
Santa Clara 43-17 Sacramento State
Santa Clara continues to impress in the early goings of 2014. Sacramento State (0-4) is the most recent team to fall to the 3-0 Broncos. Head Coach Paul Keeler has his club playing at a very high level heading into next weekend’s match against Cal Poly.
San Diego State 41-10 UC Davis
The Aztecs continue to look strong since their loss to Santa Clara in Week 11. After manhandling Sac. State last week, San Diego State took care of business at home against UC Davis (0-2). Although Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s are undefeated, San Diego States bonus points keep them atop of the California standings.
Allied Rugby Conference:
Baylor 52-20 Sam Houston
The good news for Sam Houston is they were able to field a team for an ARC match. The bad news: Baylor beat Sam Houston by 32 points. After failing to be competitive with Oklahoma two weeks ago, Baylor has ripped off two straight wins. Currently Baylor is ahead of Oklahoma in the ARC standings, and the two teams could see each other again in the conference championship.
Texas Tech 50-19 Texas A&M
The Aggies were not able to carry over the momentum built from a hard-fought tie against Oklahoma last week. Texas Tech, coming off of a one-point loss to Baylor, was able to rebound with a convincing 50-19 win over A&M. Tech’s big win puts the Red Raiders right back in the ARC Championship picture.
Air Force vs. Wyoming and Colorado vs. Colorado State were both postponed to a later date due to snowstorms.
Oklahoma 39-0 Texas
The Sooners showed no lingering effects of a disappointing tie to Texas A&M when it thrashed Texas 39-0 in the Red River Rivalry. The massive win should bode well for Oklahoma when it gets back into its ARC schedule.
Davenport 5-81 Life Men’s Rugby Club
The DU Panthers capped off its south tour with a difficult test from Life Men’s Rugby Club. Davenport took its lumps against the top tier club team, but the experience should benefit the team as they begin its Mid-South schedule against Arkansas State this Saturday.
Wheeling Jesuit 10-26 Navy JV
Wheeling Jesuit showed plenty of rust in its attempt to get back into competitive matches. Navy’ssecond XV controlled the match against the Cardinals who have had little to no opportunities to train outside due to snow in the East Coast. Expect to see a better-prepared Wheeling Jesuit next Saturday when it faces Clemson.