Undefeated Saint Mary’s makes San Diego State its latest victim

D1A Rugby: Undefeated Saint Mary’s makes San Diego State its latest victim
Photo Credit: Karen Drinkwater

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – San Diego State gave Saint Mary’s its best game thus far in the California Conference, but the 10th-ranked Aztecs were still no match for No. 1 team in the country – falling 57-5 in Moraga, Calif.

Looshead prop Payton Telea scored his first of two tries two minutes into the contest. All-American Dylan Audsley added the conversion and scored a try of his own after eight man Vili Helu dotted down to pace the Gaels to a 17-0 lead. Alec Barton’s try in the 19th minute was the flanker’s fifth of the season and Audsley slotted the conversion to increase the lead to 24-0. San Diego State, however, stymied Saint Mary’s attack for the final 20 minutes of the opening half, while getting on the scoreboard when prop Gilbert Covey IV went over the line to produce a 24-5 score at halftime.

After being held without a point for 30 minutes, Mike McCarthy’s try broke the scoreless period in the 50th minute. The Aztecs began to give way to the Gaels as the second half progressed, allowing Jack Carso, Talea, Holden Yungert and Audlsey to record tries over the final 22 minutes. Audsley ended the day with six successful conversion and 22 total points.

Saint Mary’s has yielded an average of less than seven points in its four California Conference matches, while averaging 88 points per contest on attack. This week the Gaels are prepping for its trip to Provo, Utah where they’ll try to win a second consecutive game against No. 4 BYU three weeks after defeating the Cougars, 27-12, at Saint Mary’s College Stadium.

San Diego State will be happy to return home for its next game – a March 11 fixture against Santa Clara. Last year, the Aztecs barely got past the Broncos, beating them 22-20.

The Gaels 52-point was the only conference match out of California over the weekend, but Santa Clara did stay busy playing sevens. The Broncos showed well in Las Vegas, advancing to the Cup Quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Invitational CRC Qualifier tournament.