Week 5 Recap: Teams Win Big and Stake Championship Claims

D1A Rugby: Week 5 Recap: Teams Win Big and Stake Championship Claims
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It was a busy week in D1A with over fifteen games taking place and over thirty teams making their way onto the field. What looked like an exciting round of contests certainly did not disappoint, as teams won big throughout the various conferences.

Texas A&M continued their hot start to the season this week with a big win over LSU. The Aggies hosted LSU and defeated them 52-10. Winger Joseph Natenstedt opened the scoring for the Aggies with two tries in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Aggies were able to tack on two more tries before the half ended. LSU kept the Aggies out of the try zone for a majority of the second half. However, in the closing passages, the floodgates opened and the Aggies ran in five tries in the last 13 minutes of the game. This win came off the back of shutting out Texas, 69-0. Texas A&M is gaining momentum and looks like a chance to repeat as Red River Conference champions, after their first few games. Arkansas defeated Oklahoma in a close match 32-27 in the other Red River game this week.

In Rugby East, #15 Kutztown took on #6 Army in a tight matchup. Army was able to make a second half comeback after trailing 7-10 after 50 minutes. The Black Knights came storming back to score three tries holding off a strong Kutztown side, 24-17. In other Rugby East action, St. Bonaventure travelled to take on Wheeling Jesuit, beating them 56-19.

#5 Penn State was back in action this weekend in a crossover match with Ohio State. Penn State were led by a strong backrow contingent of Ian Pearson, Joseph Freeman, and Robert Irimescu. Each player scored a try in the match and had high work rates around the field. Penn State took control of the game early on, and beat the Buckeyes 48-14.

Wisconsin is emerging as a favorite in Big Ten after their commanding win over Michigan 76-7. While it is still early in the season Wisconsin sits atop the Big Ten leaderboard, ahead of traditional power houses Ohio State and Indiana. #14 Indiana travelled to play Purdue, and came away victorious 45-17. Michigan State hosted Illinois, beating the visitors 38-17.

Teams are starting to find their form in the Rocky Mountain division. This week Air Force was kept close by Colorado, with the lead bouncing between the two sides throughout much of the match, ending in a 33-25 win for Air Force. Colorado State was able to rebound from their loss against Colorado last week, coming away with a convincing win against New Mexico, 61-26.

Teams in the Liberty Conference continued play this week through league games and crossover matches. Albany remained undefeated, upsetting Cortland in a 27-10 win at home. Binghamton handily beat Oswego 61-24; Colgate beat a struggling Brockport side 41-15; Fairfield got a win on the road against Rhode Island 46-24, and UMass shutout Tufts 57-0. Stony Brook hosted #17 Iona and lost 72-5. Fordham beat UConn on Friday night in a I-95- New England Crossover, 25-12.