Oregon State took advantage of pleasant March weather to get some running in, recording nine tries in a 59-0 drubbing of Idaho Saturday in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference.
Idaho has started NCRC play well, but the Beavers are on a roll and looked strong.
Nate Kimmell broke the 0-0 deadlock at the 16th minute with the first of his two tries, powering through traffic for 30 meters to score.
Idaho were able to use width and sharp passing to find some space out wide, and they made a few line breaks. But OSU’s cover defense was up to the task.
Flanker and captain Mike Gamm, wing Mike Harnew and inside center Robert Kennedy all scored for OSU and then Kimmel added his second. Corey Pitzer’s five conversions made it 35-0 at the break.
Oregon State dominated territory but still had to work on defense, as Idaho did not stop running. The Vandals could not reach the line, however, and the Beavers scored four more times to win 59-0.
“We expected a physical hit-out from Idaho and that's what we got,” said OSU coach Anthony Lally. “They were at us all day and put us under pressure at the tackle contest. Our set piece was better than last week, We need to tighten up our interplay and support play in contact and the breakdown. The most pleasing aspect was another shutout after some standout defense, and no injuries.”
Oregon State improves to 4-0 and takes on a tough Eastern Washington team next week.
Idaho drops to 1-3.
Oregon State 59
Tries: Kimmel 2, Kennedy 2, Gamm, Fargher, Clark, McFadden, Harnew
Convs: Pitzer 7