Canterbury D1A Top 20: Week 21

D1A Rugby: Canterbury D1A Top 20: Week 21

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Life University sits atop the Canterbury D1A Rugby Top 20 for the first time in two months. Previous No. 1 Saint Mary’s had a bye week, while the Running Eagles went on the road and smashed No. 18 Clemson, 81-12.

Saint Mary’s won’t have to wait long for an opportunity to regain the top spot in Canterbury’s rankings. The Gaels head to Berkeley Saturday to face No. 4 Cal, and a win would likely see them back on top. Given Cal’s résumé, on the other hand, the Golden Bears could easily reclaim the No. 1 ranking if they can protect their home turf from Saint Mary’s.

BYU earned a second consecutive big win when the Cougars traveled to the Pacific Northwest and outclassed a very good Central Washington side, 46-24. Still, the notable win over the Wildcats leaves BYU at No. 3 again this week.

San Diego State continued its impressive 2017 season. After picking up a solid nonconference win over No. 14 Arizona in February, the Aztecs added another huge win outside of the California Conference. Two days after beating UCLA, then-No. 7-ranked Army continued south where the Aztecs go past West Point in San Diego, 22-15. The win against Rugby East’s second-place squad moves California’s second-place team up two spots to No. 8. For the Black Knights, their Southern California tour to kick off their 2017 season ended with one win and one loss, and a three-place drop in the rankings to No. 10.

Utah played its first match in about a month this past weekend and showed very little rust. The Utes smashed in-state rival Utah State, 83-21, to move ahead of Kutztown to No. 12 in the Top 20.

Colorado State, which has failed to make a positive impression so far in 2017, drops two spots to No. 15. Meanwhile, the rankings from No. 16-20 remain the same from Week 20’s results.

Canterbury D1A Rugby Top 20 – Week 21:

1) Life (2)
2) Saint Mary’s (1)
3) BYU (3)
4) Cal (4)
5) Penn State (5)
6) Lindenwood (6)
7) Arkansas State (8)
8) San Diego State (10)
9) Indiana (9)
10) Army (7)
11) Davenport (11)
12) Utah (13)
13) Kutztown (12)
14) Arizona (15)
15) Colorado State (13)
16) LSU (16)
17) Wisconsin (17)
18) Clemson (18)
19) Air Force (19)
20) Wheeling Jesuit (20)