Life, Lindenwood handle business with ease

D1A Rugby: Life, Lindenwood handle business with ease
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BOULDER, Colo. – Two of the three Mid-South teams beat quality opposition in dominant fashion over the weekend. No. 2-ranked Life welcomed Clemson to its campus and proceeded to pound the Tigers, 76-13, while Lindenwood dealt Arizona an 88-5 blow.

Coming off of a 119-0 win over South Carolina, the Running Eagles turned their sights to Atlantic Coast Rugby League Champion Clemson. Life was able to keep the Tigers off of the scoreboard while scoring 43 of its own points back in October. So, the 63-point scoring margin produced this past weekend demonstrates improvement from the 2013 D1A National Champions.

Five different Running Eagles went over the end line for tries in the first half, including two from Conner Mooneyham and Marcus Walsh to help produce a 45-8 lead at the intermission. Life continued its stifling defense and dynamic attack in the second period. Prior to the full-time whistle, Mooneyham and Zander Van Schalkwyk would finish with hat tricks, and make everyone forget that back line starters Duncan Van Schalwkwyk and Mitchell Wilson were out of the lineup as they prepare to help the Men’s Junior All-Americans take on Canada Feb. 13.

Lindenwood traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to tangle with Arizona ahead of TCU’s statement win over Texas Tech, and proved far too potent for the Wildcats. The Lions scored seven tries in the first half, and fly half Tadhg Leader converted all but one of the scores for a 47-5 halftime advantage.

In the second frame, All-American loose forward Sebastian Kalm scored his second and third tries, while Travis Heer added his second on the day. By the time the dust settled, Lindenwood was victorious, 88-5.

The neutral site meeting against Arizona didn’t include a B-side match, so the Lions will likely use this weekend’s doubleheader against Florida State and Spring Hill College to get their developmental sides more playing time. Life also has two matches from Feb. 13-14, but should face more resistance than Lindenwood as the Running Eagle are set to face military academies Air Force and Navy.