It’s yet another great weekend for college ruggers in the Pacific Northwest. With seven weeks already in the books, we look ahead to week eight which has some key matchups.
To start it off, its Simon Fraser (1-2) against Western Washington (0-3) and it could prove to be a tough test for both squads. SFU’s last contest was a 27-8 blowout at the hands of the Oregon Ducks and had their most recent game cancelled due to overnight snow on Snoqualmie Pass.
Nevertheless, they will play host to a Vikings squad that has had a rough start. Western is coming off back-to-back losses to Idaho and Oregon State most recently, but look to shake those out quickly and look to get into the winning column again SFU.
Power and undefeated Oregon State (3-0) takes on the University of Idaho (1-2) at home. The Vandals are coming off a tough loss to the Washington State Cougars in snowy conditions. The Vandals have had a bit of a roller-coaster ride switching over from DII, but coach Brad Laplante says his boys have the pieces, they just need to put together the phases.
Oregon State is right where everyone would have thought right now. The defending league champions are undefeated and coming off a dominating performance last weekend against Western in which winger Nate Kimmel scored five times.
Coach Anthony Lally emphasized great work by the Beavers last weekend, but knows there are no “gimme” games in this league, especially against a tough squad like Idaho.
In the final matchup, it’s the Oregon Ducks (1-1) against Washington State (1-1-1). Oregon is fresh off a bye week and a win against Simon Fraser, so look for Coach Duffin McShane’s squad to be ready especially in their house.
The Cougars got their first league win last weekend against Idaho and are looking to build off the momentum. WSU’s lineup has seen some shuffling due to injuries, but Coach Matt Hudson will put a balanced squad lead by No. 8 Rowan Ringer and inside center Jordan Rehwaldt.