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Written by Cody Secker    Saturday, 25 February 2012 18:25    PDF Print Write e-mail
Tigers Maul Yellowjackets
Colleges - Men's DI College


On a cool but clear day in South Carolina, the Clemson Tigers took huge strides in their Atlantic Conference Rugby League opener against Georgia Tech. The Tigers wanted to match Tech’s physicality, they did with no problem in a 100-0 stomping.

The Tigers started early and only poured it on with the first score coming from eight-man and Captain Matt Fetty in the first five minutes. Soon after flanker Ryan Sullivan and insider center Tyler Blaser each scored on nearly back-to-back possessions to make the score a quick 21-0 lead.

The Jackets stopped the scoring bleeding, but only temporarily as it only took nine minutes for outside center Rion Tapp to find the scoring zone, then Sullivan scored his second try nearly three minutes later.

More of the same for the Tigers as scrumhalf Tyler Thompson and flyhalf Eddie Abreu each touched down to make the score 49-0 at the half.

In the second half, the Tigers just picked right where they left off and didn’t give the Jackets any hope of getting near the tryline. Fetty would find his way to the scoring zone three times to lead all scorers with four on the day.

Winger Nick Johnson would get his glory right after Fetty’s effort in the 13th minute. Soon after Tapp would get his second score of the day followed by fullback Jordan Byrd in the 25 minute to make it 76-0 and take away all hope for the Jackets.

Freshman reserve Sam Stargel got his score in the 35th minute right after Fetty and followed by Abreu. Byrd put the icing on the cake to get the Tigers to triple digits, while senior winger Stefan Friend kicked his final conversion on the day to go 7-17 on conversions and 2-2 on penalty kicks.

“Our focus was to remain disciplined and play within our systems,” Clemson head coach Justin Hickey said. “Georgia Tech is a physical team and can suck you into a tight game. We did a good job of playing within ourselves.”

The Tigers will have to get over this win quick and build off their blemishes as they will take on N.C. State who will be coming off a loss to Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech will shake this game off to welcome in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons next weekend.

 

 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 25 February 2012 17:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Aggies Chomp Sooners
Colleges - Men's DI College


Paced by 35 points from Connor Mills and a complete turnaround in almost all possession stats, Texas A&M throttled Oklahoma 85-0 Saturday in D1A rugby action.

Mills scored two tries, a penalty goals, and was 11-12 in conversions to claim his 35. But it was a strong team effort that kept the ball in Aggie hands all day.

"It was a total turnaround from last week," said Texas A&M Head Coach Brett Mills. "Last week Arkansas State had about 90% of the possession; this time, we had about 90% of the possession. That gave our backs a chance to run and our wings were outstanding today. We took almost every scrum and they couldn't really get going off their set piece."

The pick of the tries was probably Luke Carter's. He ran in under a high ball and leaped into the air, snatching the ball off a defender's head to then run in uncontested.

Lukas Jacobson scored two tries, while Sean Doherty, moving from lock to No. 8, was excellent in the new position.

"Overall, it was a good day," said Coach Mills, in quite the understatement. A&M is 1-1, while OU slips to 0-2.


 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 25 February 2012 16:18    PDF Print Write e-mail
Looking for Challenges, Lindenwood Rolls
Colleges - Men's DII College


Lindenwood University, the new varsity program out of Missouri, spent the entire fall destroying opposition, averaging 87 points a game and topping 100 six times, including five in a row.

Don Adams photo.Head Coach Ron Laszewski has therefore turned to the club ranks to find more stern opposition. Saturday the result wasn't much different, as Lindenwood shut out the St. Louis Ramblers 81-0. 

"After 25 minutes the score was 10-0," said Laszewski. "But then you got to see the difference of a team that trains five days a week and gets up at 6am to do weight training."

The young, fast, and much fitter Lindenwood team rambled over the Ramblers. Brendan Davis played superbly once again at flyhalf, running the offense, and with center Morgan Findlay out injured, Lincoln McGee stepped in without any difficulty.

Lindenwood also got a first run-out from Colorado Springs U19 product Tyler Black, who is back from shoulder surgery and looked solid.

"We upgraded this semester," said Laszewski. "We had some players who couldn't enroll until January, but they are with us now. The players are all working hard, they are young and talented, they like to tackle and defend, and they stick to the pattern."

So now Lindenwood will look for be truly tested, as they play the St. Louis Bombers next weekend, and then the Chicago Lions.

"The true test of a person and a team is how they handle adversity," said Laszewski. "Our guys have not been under that pressure, and we're hoping we will get it, and expose some things we can work on."


 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 25 February 2012 16:47    PDF Print Write e-mail
Red Mountain Downs TRYBE
School Age - Boys


The Red Mountain U19 rugby club defeated TRYBE Rugby 19-15 Saturday during a preseason tournament in Snow Canyon, Utah.

TRYBE is the new name for what used to be Highland Rugby, the multiple national champions.

Having just started training, TRYBE were a tad rusty, but Red Mountain was also very impressive, holding Highland to just 15 points and getting tries from Brent Hakes, Peni Pulotu and Peter Weber. 

The victory was a big step forward for the unbeaten Red Mountain side, whose improvement, said assistant coach Jeff McIntyre, comes down to a combination of things.

"We have a lot of really committed players, and while last year we kind of relied on a couple of superstars, this year we have more of an even team effort," McIntyre said. "We've also improved our coaching, emphasizing the basics, such as protecting possession and defense. Our defense was very much improved in this game."

Pulotu, especially, was a solid performer, putting in a series of good games this weekend from the flanker position. Hakes and Weber also showed well, with Hakes recording 23 points.

On Friday Red Mountain beat a combined Snow Canyon/United team 24-0, and Saturday morning, they tied Snow Canyon 17-17. 

The loss was still a bit of a shock to TRYBE. New name or not, they are the same players and (mostly) the same coaches as Highland, the HS Club champs of 2011. The program will not import players from overseas the way Highland did, and with the number of clubs in Utah expanding, they are now drawing from a smaller area.

Still, the program is strong, and expects, according to assistant Jeramy Evans, to continue to improve. They will need to, as United and Snow Canyon also look very strong.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 25 February 2012 15:51    PDF Print Write e-mail
Arkansas State Powers By ND
Colleges - Men's DI College


The ASU forwards were too powerful for Notre Dame. Photos ASU Rugby.
Notre Dame spent a lot of time on defense as ASU dominated possession. ASU Rugby photo.

Arkansas State University put the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the sword Saturday, winning 99-0 in D1A rugby action.

ASU got three tries from Shaun Peterson and two from Paul Benade, Zac Mizell, Danie Swanepoel, and Dale Bates. Benade now leads the D1A with six tries in two games. Peterson led a superb performance by the back row, and was perhaps spurred on by the presence of his parents at the match in Jonesboro, Ark. Also inspired by his family in the crowd was Hawiian product Dale Bates, who, along with fellow Hawiian Connor Cook, had a very strong game.

The match was never in doubt, so Head Coach Matt Huckaby was looking for precision as much as anything else.

"We were playing a game within a game," said Huckaby. "We didn't worry about the score so much as looked at some percentages we wanted to improve."

These included ball retention, success in offloads out of the tackle, and tackle percentage.

"The improvement was there," added Huckaby. "Especially in the offloads, which we just more sound. And that improvement was reflected in the score."

At 2-0, and a comfortable 2-0, the Red Wolves now are looking to break this game down and find more areas of play that need imporvement.

"We are building toward playing Life," Huckaby said of his team's chief rivals; ASU visits Life University March 17 in Georgia, and then welcomes the Running Eagles on the return engagement April 21. Those matches will undoubtedly decide who wins the Mid-South in D1A.


Arkansas State 99
Tries: Chitanda, Benade 2, Swanepoel 2, Mizell 2, Peterson 3, Hayslip, Bates 2, Carrion, Cook
Convs: Sullivan 5, Caswell 7

Notre Dame 0

 


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