Aggies atone, Red Wolves tear up ND and Pacific Conference Play Gets Underway

D1A Rugby: Aggies atone, Red Wolves tear up ND and Pacific Conference Play Gets Underway
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Arkansas State Wades Through Fighting Irish

As Week 2 of the D1A season came to a close this past weekend, Arkansas State found themselves undefeated in their 2012 campaign as they recorded a 99-0 win over Notre Dame. Coming off of a comfortable win over Texas A&M a week before, the Red Wolves had their expectations set and weren’t about to let up so early in the collegiate season.

Touching down fifteen times and converting twelve of those opportunities, ASU displayed their dominance in attack by piercing all angles of the Irish defense while maintaining their composure and pattern. Five different ASU players scored two tries or more as Shaun Paterson score a hat-trick of five pointers. Their kicking game was on spot also as Pat Sullivan and Dave Caswell slotted over a combined 12 conversions.

The clinical attacking efforts of the Red Wolves were supported by their outstanding defense when ever the Irish could get their hands on the ball. In those short instances of defending their zone, the Red Wolves showed their superiority on that side of the ball by shutting out the Irish attack through out the match. The lights on the score board under the visiting team’s name were never lit, as the Irish fell to a dominating Red Wolves side 99-0.

Box Score:

Arkansas State 99

Tries: Paterson (7′, 35′, 67′), Bates (10′, 75′), Chitanda (12′), Mizell (15′, 19′), Swanepoel (23′, 32′), Hayslip (30′), Carrion (52′), Cook (59′), Benade (73′, 78′)
Cons: Caswell (7′ , 10′ , 15′ , 15′ , 23′ , 30′ , 32′), Sullivan (59′ , 67′ , 73′ , 75′ , 79′)
Bookings: Benade (Yellow, 59′)

Notre Dame 0

UCLA Overcome UC-Davis in Pacific Conference

The UCLA Men’s team defeated UC-Davis 27-5 in the opening match of the D1A season for both teams. The Bruins were able to overcome a slow start at home and tally 24 points in the second half to defeat the visiting Aggies.

The match saw no score until ’12 when Ben Francis of UCLA kicked through a penalty to make it 3-0 Bruins. For the next twenty minutes of play tensions built upon the frustrations the defensive battle created. The aggravation reached its peak in ’36 when UCLA 8-man, Stephen Yoshida, and UC-Davis prop, Nicholas Sowa, were sent off simultaneously with yellow cards. UC-Davis used the emotion from the booking to score a try late in the first half. In ’39 UC-Davis lock, Kevin Holland-McCann, touched down a try to give the Aggies a 5-3 lead going into the half.

UCLA was able to take control after the restart with a Race Noeldner try in ’42 that put UCLA in front with an 8-5 lead. The Bruins never looked back as they controlled the rest of the game. Noeldner scored another try in ’64 that Ben Francis converted to bring the score to 15-5. Martial Chaput touched down ’75 and UCLA Captain, Samuel Sirell, ’79.

UCLA will face Saint Mary’s at home in Week 3 while UC-Davis does not play.

UCLA 27

Tries: Noeldner (42′, 64′), Chaput (65′), Sirell (79′)
Pens: Francis (12′)
Cons: Francis (64′), Pritchard (75′)
Bookings: Yoshida (Yellow, 36′)

UC Davis 5

Tries: Holland-McCann (39′)
Bookings: Sowa (Yellow, 36′)
Texas A&M Put Away Sooners

After a tough week one showing against a strong Arkansas State team, Texas A&M seemed to fall into their groove this past weekend with an 85-0 thumping of Oklahoma.

The South Conference was witness once again to a high scroing, one sided match as the Aggies sgowed their superiority in ball retention and attack from the get-go. The Aggies starved the Sooners of the ball and put together a clean pattern of play while working their way into Sooner territory at will. The Aggies dotted down twelve times through out the match while fly-half Connor Mills put up an outstanding 35 points through two tries, eleven conversions and one penalty kick.

The Sooners defense could not keep up with the pace of the phases built by Texas A&M. Their defense scrambled to contain a fast and charging Aggie forward pack that released front foot ball into the backs through out the match. Next week the Sooners meet Notre Dame at home where they can possibly find their first win of the D1-A season in a tough South Conference. The Aggies are hoping to build on the display against Oklahoma and prepare for a tough bout against Life this coming weekend.

Texas A&M 85
Tries: Frazier (3′), Jacobson (8′, 44′), Ryan (27′), Gessner (37′), Mills (42′, 65′), Carter (49′, 77′), Diaz (40′), Semler (47′), Doherty (53′)
Cons: Mills (3′ , 8′ , 27′, 37′ , 40′, 44′ , 47′ , 49′ , 53′, 65′ , 77′)
Pens: Mills (35′)

Oklahoma 0