Week 12 Preview: Fall Play Begins to Wind Down

D1A Rugby: Week 12 Preview: Fall Play Begins to Wind Down
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The last weekend of D1A action for November is proving to be a big one. Liberty and Rocky Mountain both have their championship matches taking place, and outside of those two games there will be another five ranked teams taking to the field. All with the hopes of having a little something more to be thankful over the break.

The Mid-South continues their fall slate of games with #3 Lindenwood taking on #17 Davenport. Both teams are rolling into the match on the back of impressive victories last weekend. Lindenwood travelled to #7 Navy last weekend and saw some strong opposition. In their first game of the season they showed some signs of rust in attack but were excellent defensively. They will look to fully shake off all the rust this weekend against a Davenport side already two games into their conference schedule. Davenport struggled in their initial outing but last weekend looked to have turned a corner putting in a good showing against a resilient and pesky Clemson side, that refused to go away. Matching Lindenwood’s physicality will be the key to any plans Davenport has. Navy will also be in action this weekend when they take on Rugby East’s Wheeling Jesuit. It has been a year to forget for Wheeling Jesuit, going 1-5 but they have displayed an ability to hang around with some of best teams in the country. Navy will need to put their foot down early and try to establish a comprehensive early lead; Wheeling Jesuit will need to play the full 80 minutes if they are to pull of the upset.

Outside of the Mid-South teams, the Red River Conference plays two matches this weekend. LSU will take on Texas , as the Tigers look for their first win of the year and the Longhorns look for their second. Neither team has experienced much luck in the Fall and a win before the end of the Fall season could be the momentum boost needed, as they head to the fall. The other game will see the two teams at the bottom of the North ladder square off, as both Texas Tech and North Texas search for their first taste of triumph this year. North Texas has lost their games by an average of 46 points and Texas Tech by 56. It will be a chance for each team to create room for themselves away from the wooden spoon.