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Red Wolves run away from Irish 99-0

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 17:03


Abdullah Raslan/Herald

Winger Dale Bates, of Waimea, Hawaii, is grabbed by a Texas A&M player Saturday at the ASU Rugby field. Bates scored on a try in the first half.

Correction: We incorrectly reported in the Feb. 27 Herald that ASU Rugby played Texas A&M on Feb. 25. The opponent was Notre Dame.

Hosting the Irish of Notre Dame in their third game of the season, ASU's A-Side rugby team didn't hold back, defeating the Irish by a final of 99-0.

It did not take long for the club to score as Flanker Sean Patterson scored the first try with 33:59 left in the first half.  

Kicker David Caswell split the uprights for a two-point conversion to make it 7-0.  

The explosive first half came down to "making tackles and keeping control of the possession," said head coach Matt Huckaby.  

During the first half, Patterson would score again at the 14:03 mark, along with other tries from teammates wing/fullback Dale Bates, wing Tito Chitanda, center Zac Mizell (two tries), wing Danie Swanepoel (two tries), and Robert Hayslip.  

Caswell was good on eight more conversions to make the half time score 59-0.

In the second half, the Red Wolves continued in route to the shut out, scoring 40 more unanswered points.  

The first score came from wing Dylan Carrion at the 28:09 mark making it 64-0.

"That's what happens when we take care of possession out there," coach Huckaby said following the end of the game.  

Two more scores from wing/fullback Dale Bates and flanker Paul Benade made the final score 99-0.

"[Our] discipline was good.  When scores get high, referees are going be harder on us," Huckaby said. "Overall, we have got  to work on few things but the game went pretty well, it was hard to complain and [we] did better on defense."

The ASU A-side will take to the pitch against the Sooners of Oklahoma next Saturday at 1 p.m.  

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