Colorado State capoff season with fourth straight win over New Mexico

D1A Rugby: Colorado State capoff season with fourth straight win over New Mexico
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Colorado State defeated New Mexico 38-15 this past weekend. The Rams, after beating rival Air Force 30-26 in their mid-season match up, sit atop the West table attributable to four game win streak. New Mexico after a difficult season must close their season against the conference’s best and will play Air Force on November 19th.

Colorado State took hold of the match in Fort Collins, CO early. The Rams scored on the edge through winger Jack O’Connor. Colorado State flanker Oliver Jenkins to control of the next ten minutes of the match and secured two tries before the half. Joel Conzelmann, the Rams fly-half, two conversions brought the score to 19-0 after 40 minutes of play.

The second half proved to be much more evenly matched.  Colorado State managed to score three more tries. New Mexico answered each of the home team’s second half scores with one of their own, scoring three late tries to end the affair.

The Rams, continued the scoring the 43rd minute through scrum half Joe Sullivan. He was followed across the try line by team mate and right wing, Tommy Garland. Up to this point, Colorado State dominated the match, making the score 31-0 by the 51st minute. New Mexico bounced back and scored two back-to-back tries. Lobo winger Patrick Sarson punched New Mexico’s first try of the match in the 57th minute. The dynamic winger came right back at the Rams and scored again in the 60th minute. Inside center Clifford Kindred, made in three in a row for the Lobos, marching in New Mexico’s third try of the day in 74th minute. Kindred’s two unconverted tries cut the Rams lead to 31-10.

Colorado State had the final say of the match and caped their final match with a 74th minute Oliver Jenkins try. The flanker’s hat-trick score made the final score in Fort Collins 38-15. The Rams end their season with a win cementing their position at the top of the West table. New Mexico has yet win a match this season but has been a difficult advisory each weekend, scoring an average of three tries a match. The Lobos will end against their fall season against a high powered Air Force. New Mexico will look to empty the tank in their last match and take Air Force by surprise.