Saturday, May 7, 2016

UC-Davis Repeat As DI-AA Champions

UC-Davis have repeated as DI-AA champions with a 17-13 win over Notre Dame College. Both teams showed a lot of great rugby despite the slick conditions in the rain in Moraga. Each side had their opportunities with the lead changing multiple times. In the end it was the smart decisions of UC-Davis at the right times, and a big play from Man of the Match Ian McCaffrey that gave the Aggies the win.

Notre Dame College had the bulk of the play early and were pushing for the line. A run from #8 Cian Grendon push the Falcons close and then using their forwards saw John Santiago crash over for the try. The conversion would be off but they would add a penalty to go up 8-0.

The slippy conditions impacted both teams as well as the nerves with some knock-ons but overall the play was at a good level and the intensity was up. As the half wore on both teams began to settle in and play more expansive rugby.

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With just a couple of minutes left in the half UC-Davis were finally able to get on the board. Going from a lineout they worked the ball across the pitch and into the hands of fly-half Ryan Morgan. He smartly put in a chip over the top and collected under pressure for the try. The conversion was good and it was a one point game at the half, 8-7.

In the second half Notre Dame College had several opportunities to score but the UC-David defense came up big each time. One of those opportunities included a charge down but the Aggies were able to hold on. They even went one better scoring a try of their own to take the lead at 12-8.

Notre Dame then took the lead back with a big run that was scored by Joshua Farnsworth. It was a highlight reel try that gave the Falcons lots of momentum. However, it was short-lived. A big run of their own, led by McCaffrey put the Aggies close to the line. After a penalty they took the tap and moved it out to Guilherme Maia Silva for the winning score.

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