2019 Week 4 Recap: Undefeated teams remain unshaken after rivals’ challenge

D1A Rugby: 2019 Week 4 Recap: Undefeated teams remain unshaken after rivals’ challenge
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Mid-South

#5 Navy and #17 Davenport kicked off the first game in the Mid-South conference over the weekend. Hosts Navy got on the board first, with a try from hooker Gordon Livermore in the 6th minute. Gordon’s front row partner, tight head prop Clayton Kendrick-Holmes would score his own try minutes later, giving Navy a comfortable 14-0 twenty minutes into the game. Davenport would strike back with their hooker, David Afa’ese who would bash over to score in the twenty first minute for Davenport’s first points of the game. Navy would pad their lead with two more trys before the end of the half, entering halftime with a 26-7 lead over Davenport. Davenport would go on to outscore Navy in the second half 15-6, but would ultimately fall to the midshipmen 32-22.

Rocky Mountain

#10 BYU hosted Colorado in their first league game of the year. Colorado’s defense held strong for much of the first half, preventing a dangerous BYU team from scoring until the 27th minute of the match. Colorado would enter half time down 0-14 against BYU, after letting up tries to BYU prop David Nonu and winger Ben Webber. Colorado’s solid defense from the first half was unable to withstand the persistent BYU attack, as BYU were able to score an additional four tries in the second half. BYU winger Ben Webber would finish with a hat-trick and helped BYU finish 42-5 over Colorado.

Fellow Rocky Mountain teams were also in action this past weekend, with #22 Colorado State taking on Utah State and Wyoming hosting New Mexico. Colorado State shutout Utah state 22-0, with winger Nicholas Bauer leading his team with two tries in the match. New Mexico fell to 0-3 after losing to Wyoming 12-33. This game featured 4 players from Wyoming receiving yellow cards, 8-man Wyatt Keena, lock Elijah McCoy, flanker Terre Hellander, and winger Drake Ronnau, while New Mexico’s 8-man Christopher Gallegos was also sent off with a red card in the 34th minute of the match. This was a disappointing showing from each side, with both teams looking to improve upon their discipline going forward this year.

Big Ten

The bigger matchups in this conference was the main staged, Battle for the Mitten taking place on September 27th, last Friday at Cooley Law School (AAA Baseball) stadium in Michigan. While this was the main stage, Wisconsin had battled Minnesota.

Within the first match in the battle, #18 Ohio State took on #23 Indiana. After a slow and low scoring first half, Ohio State took a 8-5 lead in to halftime. Indiana came out of half time firing, scoring two quick tries as a result, and taking a 19-8 lead in the process. Indiana were able to hold off the Buckeye’s comeback attempts and were able to add to their own lead as well. Indiana upsets the ranked Ohio State, beating them 27-20. In the other matchup within the Battle, Michigan ‘hosted’ Michigan State in a rivalry match up that was stopped after ten minutes of play due to lightning. Michigan and Michigan State will finish the match at a later date. Previously mentioned, elsewhere in the Big Ten, Wisconsin beat hosts Minnesota 34-23.

Liberty

Within the jam-packed Liberty conference, there were many undefeated records on the line as the weekend commenced, along with some hot-seat teams needing wins to continue momentum. #19 Iona demolished Fordham 79-10 in Iona’s first league conference game of the year. Syracuse defeated traditional powerhouse Buffalo 41-10, moving to 4-0 on the year. Syracuse, a proven tough club this season, will continually face uphill battles to remain undefeated against a conference that demands attention. Cortland rebounded from a loss to Syracuse last week, to handily beat Albany 75-14. Around the rest of the conference: UMASS beat Rhode Island 53-5; Colgate lost to Oswego State 10-41; Stony Brook shutout Tufts in the second half to win 20-10; Fairfield lost a close game to Northeastern 7-17; while Boston College beat UCONN 50-3 to move to an undefeated 3-0 this year.