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ASU Rugby sweeps weekend

Published: Monday, February 20, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 13:02

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Abdullah Raslan/Herald

Flanker Sean Paterson, of Cape Town, South Africa, stiff arms a Texas A&M player Saturday at the ASU Rugby Club’s field in Jonesboro.

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Ashley Helliwell

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Ashley Helliwell

Despite the cold and wind, the Arkansas State Rugby Club A-Side team took to the field in Jonesboro for the second time this season in a 71-20 victory over Texas A&M.

Wingman James Rilenour was the first to score for ASU on a try, which was followed by a successful conversion attempt from kicker David Caswell, putting ASU up 7-0.

The Red Wolves continued the onslaught in the first half, scoring 36 points while holding Texas A&M to just 3 points.

"The guys took care of the ball," said head coach Matt Huckaby.  "When we don't make handling errors, we have a very potent offense and that showed today."

ASU came out strong in the second half, scoring an unanswered 28 points.  

The Aggies started to get a rhythm near the end of the game, but it was too little too late.

Other Red Wolf scores came from Paul Benade, Sean Paterson, Patrick Sullivan, Juke Mizell, and Dale Bates.

While ASU was able to pull out a very solid win, they were hit by a series of penalties throughout the game.

"[We] need to get a little bit more disciplined.  The guys are well disciplined overall, but we can still improve on that and be even better," Huckaby said.

The win puts the championship contending Rugby Club at 2-0 for the season.

"We did what we needed to do," said Huckaby.  "There's a lot to improve on, but if we can stay healthy, we're going to make another run for it this year."

ASU's B-Side team was also in action Saturday, defeating Kennesaw State 75-8 in Kennesaw, Ga.

The B-Side will next play March 10 at Georgia Southern University.

Arkansas State's A-Side will take on Notre Dame at home next Saturday at 11 a.m. and will face Oklahoma the following weekend at home.


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