What a weekend of action for college rugby! Conference battles are heating up and there were twice as many teams in action this week than in the last few weekends. Rejoice! The winter rugby slumber is officially over and that can only be a good thing for fans of college rugby.
While conference action is in full swing, there were still a handful of non-conference match ups taking place.
The SCRC was one of the main conferences to kick of their league schedule this weekend. If early season results are any indication of what the rest of the season has in store, watch out! Four games into the conference schedule and there has already been two upsets.
Kentucky 15 Georgia 0 –
(1-0) languished at the bottom of the East Division standings in 2013, but have
already matched their win total in 2013. The Wildcats not only made the long
trip to Kentucky
(0-1), but shutout the Bulldogs in the second surprise result of the weekend in
the SCRC. Georgia
12 – LSU (1-0) left nothing to risk as they took down West Division rival Alabama
(0-1) by a score of 44-12. LSU Flyhalf Allen Alongi accounted for 19 points (2
tries, 3 conversions, 1 drop goal) in the win for the Tigers. Alabama
Ole Miss 32
12 – Ole Miss (1-0) landed
the first blow in their annual home/away against arch-rival Mississippi
State (0-1). Mississippi
43 Western Washington 12 – Oregon Western
Washington (2-0) stayed atop the West Division standings with a
convincing 43-12 win over Western Oregon (1-1).
NCRC Standings as of
1 - Eastern Washington (1-1) 6 Ptst2- Idaho (1-0) 5 Pts
t2- Washington State (1-1) 5 Pts
4 - Boise State (0-2) 0 Pts
1 - Western Washington (2-0) 10 Pts
t2- Washington (1-1) 5 Pts
t2- Western Oregon (1-1) 5 Pts
4 - Oregon (0-1) 1 Pts
Pacific Athletic Conference
Cal 104 Arizona State 0 – Cal only managed 16 tries this week as they routed
in their PAC opener. Arizona State fullback
Jake Anderson led the team with 18 points on 9 of 12 conversions. "Their team looks good," said ASU
head coach Cal Gary Lane.
"As a representative of the PAC, we'll be rooting for
this year to achieve the highest possible accolades." Cal
faces face stiff opposition this week as they play the first of two games
against the Cal in their annual series. University of British
Rice 35 St. Edwards 26 – Rice (4-0) came away with a tight victory over St. Edwards (4-1) in this SWC clash of two previously unbeaten teams. Rice got a 73rd minute try from Brian Graff to take the lead and a 79th minute try from Shaun Haby to seal the victory.
Texas State 28 North Texas 19 – North Texas (1-3) made a late surge, with three tries in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to take down Texas State (2-3).
Texas 36 Houston 12
Texas 36 Houston 12
In off the field news, this past week the SWC accepted UT-San Antonia as a member of the SWC beginning with the 2013/2014 season.
“On behalf of the SWC, I welcome UTSA as our newest conference member. Shayne Roberson has done an excellent job of coaching and guiding the team, and the SWC looks forward to a long relationship with UTSA that will be beneficial to not only the SWC and UTSA, but also rugby in
said SWC Commissioner Clayton Jewett. Texas
Kennesaw State 24
0 – Memphis
(1-1) bounced back from a loss last weekend to Georgia Tech to shutout Kennesaw State
(0-1) on the road. Memphis
Central Florida 66 South Florida 5 –
(1-0) got their SIRC South schedule off to a solid start with a trouncing of South
Cal Poly 28
12 – Cal Poly kept pace in
the conference with a win over SD State. The Aztecs have been one of the
busiest teams in college rugby, but has struggled to secure wins so far this
season. San Diego
Pacific Western Conference
0 – For the second week in a row, Life posted a 99-0 score line. This time is
was against SCRC favorite Tennessee .
The Volunteers are a solid side, so this result serves to show every how far
ahead of the curve Life sits. Tennessee
That wraps up the weekly College Rugby Insider. Next week there should be even more as the Atlantic Coast Rugby League kicks off.
As always, if we don’t know the scores, we can’t include you in the wrap up. It is not that hard to post scores and wrap-ups to Twitter, Facebook, or your conference website. It increases your exposure and interest in your teams. If all else fails, you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . It doesn’t have to be much… send me a box score and a quote about the game.
I love quotes.
That all said, teams/conferences have done a much better job with this in recent years. A few years back, getting the same info I posted above would have taken a million phone calls.