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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Blowouts Reign In Varsity Cup First Round

Photo: Max Parker

The Varsity Cup went mainly to script in first round play with several teams registering blowouts and only a couple of close matches. The only upset in the match saw Dartmouth beat Penn State 30-25.

Penn State were expected to win the match having played some very tough competition in the Rugby East and registering some big wins along the way.  However, Dartmouth played a simple game and it worked as they took advantage of their opportunities and limited Penn State's.

The scoring came as Will McNamara benefited from Will Konstant's intercept to put Dartmouth up 7-3. Dartmouth added a penalty as Penn State hurt themselves with a player in the bin. Still, Penn State were able to score, as were Dartmouth, to make it 15-10 at the half.

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In the second half Jimmy Ronan cut the lead to two for Penn State but then a try from Andrew Zhu extended the lead for Dartmouth. More disciplinary problems meant more trouble for Penn State and more points for Darmouth as they extended their lead to 25-13. Penn State put in a comeback, including a try from Malcolm May, but a final try from Dartmouth sealed the match. Dartmouth will play BYU next week. BYU beat Arizona State 113-8.

The only other close match of the round saw Utah beat Air Force 36-31. In their same bracket Central Washington beat UCLA 44-15. According to head coach Tony Pacheco his team was rusty in the first half but in the second half did a better job utilizing the heavy wind that whipped throughout the match. Central Washington will go on the road to Utah next week.

Teams that registered big wins include Arkansas State 50-0 over Clemson and Navy 57-3 over Notre Dame. Those two teams will meet in the next round with Navy hosting the Red Wolves.

Cal also earned a lopsided result as they beat Texas 138-0. Army beat Oklahoma 55-10 with Andrew Borer scoring 30 of those points. They will host Cal next weekend.

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