Arkansas State, Life prevail in the Mid-South

D1A Rugby: Arkansas State, Life prevail in the Mid-South
Photo Credit: Karen Drinkwater

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Neither Clemson or Lindenwood were able to protect their home pitch over the weekend when Arkansas State went to South Carolina and pummeled the Tigers, 76-24, while Life traveled to Missouri and earned a 32-10 victory against the Lions.

Arkansas State 76 – 24 Clemson
Clemson did well to answer Sione Fangaiuiha’s converted try in the opening minute by sending hooker Alex Wohlers over the line to tie the game at seven-all. However, Arkansas State would score the next 31 points thanks to tries by Zach Young, Calvin Gentry, two by Pedro Alvarez and a second from Fangaiuiha.

The Tigers stopped the bleeding by notching a pair of scores before halftime by forwards Stuart Harr and Jaren Stewart, but the momentum didn’t carry over into the second period.

The Red Wolves went back on the offensive immediately following the second half restart. Preston Weigel, Tabo Maree, Neil Maestri and Valentin Balande would get themselves onto the stat sheet over the final 40 minutes, and Fangaiuiha scored once more for good measure to give the outside center a hat trick.

Clemson’s attack added a third try in the second half, but simply had no answer defensively for seventh-ranked Arkansas State.


Life 32 – 10 Lindenwood
Another tightly contested battle between Life and Lindenwood was expected Saturday, March 25 after the Lions nearly upset the Running Eagles in Georgia last month. Instead, Life held its Mid-South rival scoreless in the second-half to cruise to a 22-point win.

After trading successful penalty kicks to open the match, Lindenwood took a brief first-half lead after scoring and converting its lone try of the day.

Life’s Same Cowley, who collected a dozen points off his boot and scored a try, assisted Harley Davidson on his try by letting the speedy center chase after a well-placed kick and dot the ball down. Cowley’s conversion knotted the game, 10-10, which is where the score would remain into halftime.

Duncan Van Schalkwyk broke the tie in the 52nd minute with his first try of the season. Blindside flanker Justin Johnson found the endzone six minutes after his fly half scored, and Cowley concluded the game with eight of his 12 points in the final 13 minutes.

This coming weekend in the Mid-South will see Davenport back in conference action after the Panthers spent this past weekend playing sevens at the Heart of American tournament. Davenport will host undefeated Life Saturday, April 1, and Lindenwood will remain at home to take on Clemson the same day.