No. 6 Kutztown in action in fourth week of Rugby East

D1A Rugby: No. 6 Kutztown in action in fourth week of Rugby East
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BOULDER, Colo. – Week four in the Rugby East sees six teams in action across the whole weekend, including a match between No. 5 Army and No. 8 Penn State, a game that could mean the difference in deciding which team wins the Rugby East Championship at the end of the season. Kutztown will get its second conference game of the season against St. Bonaventure, and West Virginia will play its second game as a member of the East when it takes on Iona. It’s only week four, and the competition is getting fierce in Rugby East.

No. 8 Penn State vs. No. 5 Army
Donny Goff and the Black Knights travel for their first away game of the season to take on a strong Nittany Lion squad. Read the full preview of what will be a highly competitive match here.

No. 6 Kutztown vs. St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure’s early season schedule has been a trial by fire. Any team will struggle when it has to play four top-10 teams in the first five weeks of the season. The Bonnies started off against Army, Penn State, and Iona in successive weekends. This week, they travel to Pennsylvania to play No. 6 Kutztown before a return home for next week’s match against No. 9 Wheeling Jesuit. Though the Bonnies haven’t won a game, they played a close first half against Penn State, and continue to improve.

The Golden Bears are coming off a smothering performance, shutting out Buffalo, 79-0. This will be their second match of Rugby East play, and look to easily handle the growing Bonnies side. One of the Kutztown players to watch for will be wing Vetakina Malafu. The junior from Hawaii has scored seven tries so far this season, including two against Buffalo to start Rugby East play. He has yet to play a full match due to Kutztown’s lopsided victories, but has elite speed and will be a key piece of the Kutztown side moving forward. The match will be at noon ET Saturday in Kutztown, Pa.

Iona vs. West Virginia
Iona earned its first win of the season last week against St. Bonaventure. The Gaels have been able to put up points in every match so far this season, and should handle new Rugby East side West Virginia.

The Mountaineers lost to Penn State last week in their first game in the Rugby East, 79-5. They will continue to play hard, and learn as they grow into the conference. The match will start at noon ET Sunday at Iona.