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ASU Rugby’s A-Side defeats Razorbacks 58-0

Published: Monday, February 13, 2012

Updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 13:02

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Travis Sharp/Herald

Titomutero Chitanda, a Wing/Fullback and engineering major from Cape Town, South Africa, streaks down the pitch Saturday at the ASU Rugby Field against Arkansas.

Those that braved the freezing temperatures Saturday to watch the first game of the ASU Rugby Club's 2012 A-Side season were given a treat.

For the second straight year, Arkansas State's Rugby Club took down the University of Arkansas, this time in Jonesboro, and won 58-0, to grab the A-Side's season opening win.

"Our guys will be used to a wide variety of field conditions hopefully, that's maybe something we can get out of it," said head coach Matt Huckaby.

"Last week was a but of a swim meet, this was a little bit of an ice bowl for sure."

Eighth man Shaun Potgieter, an Exercise science   major from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape was the first to score for ASU on a try, giving the Red Wolves a 5-0 lead.

Flanker Paul Steyn Benade from Hermanus, South Africa put in the second score to go up 10 - 0, before Pat Sullivan made the extra point kick to make it 12-0.

Sullivan was 3 of 4 on extra points in the first half.

"I think Pat Sullivan had a really strong game. I wish he would have kicked a little bit more for territory, but he was running really hard all day long," said Huckaby.

ASU tallied up a 36-0 score at half time before going on to the final of 58-0.

Other scores for ASU came from David Caswell, Zac Mizell, Harry Higgins and Titomutero Chitanda.

Huckaby said his Red Wolves still have a lot to improve on despite the big win.

"[They] definitely showed some potential and hats off to a very much improved Arkansas team. That's about as much as I've seen a team improve from one year to the next," Huckaby observed. "They came out really scrappy. We'll go back to the drawing board on some things, tighten some stuff up for Texas A&M and Notre Dame."

Arkansas State will take on A&M at home Saturday at 1 p.m., while that same day, the B-Side team will visit Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

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