Nittany Lions prey on Blue Hens for 97-5 victory

D1A Rugby: Nittany Lions prey on Blue Hens for 97-5 victory
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Over the weekend, Penn State University hosted the University of Delaware in what turned out to be another conference win for the Nittany Lions. After defeating West Virginia two weekends ago with a shutout victory of 76-0, this past weekend’s victory places Penn State at 2-0 in the Rugby East Conference.

The fifteen tries were scored by nine players on Penn State’s team: three seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman. Penn State’s head coach, Blake Burdette, has a very diverse team this year that brings a lot of talent to the pitch. Both forwards and backs are fast, and that seems to be what is helping the team the most.

Delaware’s head coach, Struan Murray, applauded the Lions to saying, “From minute one they outplayed us and no doubt they were ready and very well prepared. They crushed it and taught us a lesson…with class.”

While Delaware fell to the Lions, the Blue Hens have a lot to work on after just returning to the Rugby East Conference this fall following a suspension handed down in 2013.

Both teams have a long road ahead of them with full schedules. Penn State will host St. Bonaventure this Friday at 6:00 p.m. EDT for the Nittany Lion’s third conference game this season.

Delaware’s first home game this season is Saturday at 3:00 pm EDT and the Blue Hens will be hosting the Army Black Knights. Thus far this season Delaware has been struggling on the road riding a two-match losing streak. Playing in more familiar territory could prove to be what Delaware needs.