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Rugby club defeats No. 7 Davenport with late penalty kick

By Zach Roberts
On March 11, 2014

With eight players ruled out of action, the No. 3 Red Wolf rugby club defeated No. 7 ranked Davenport with the aid of successful kicking and a late second half effort.

A-State freshman lock Zach Allen put the first points on the board with a successful try after a big run by junior eighth man Shaun Potgieter. The conversion on the opening try was missed by senior flyhalf Cody Crawford, and the Red Wolves took a quick lead of 5-0.

Davenport managed to score a try in the first half as well as the second half, but missed conversions both times to put themselves ahead 10-5.

Crawford put the Red Wolves up 12-10 after forcing his way into the end zone in the last few minutes of the came and then successfully kicking his conversion.

 

Davenport and A-State exchanged possession a few times, but after a Davenport penalty, Crawford nailed a successful penalty kick to wrap the game up for the Red Wolf rugby club and defeated the Davenport Panthers by a score of 15-10.

 

"I think part of the whole game is guys just stepping up and playing the game. I think with injuries happening, it's part of the game. The guys that stepped in today actually stepped up and played" head rugby coach Mani Delaibatiki said.

 

"We are still quite rusty in the way we play, which is why we started so slow in the game, but we eventually built to a big comeback at the end of the game. Hopefully next time with better days and us practicing outside we can keep that momentum all the way to the end."

 

The Red Wolves rugby club will be back in action on March 15 in Gretna, LA as they face off against the New Orleans rugby club.

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