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Rematch: 4th ranked Red Wolves play Life Saturday

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 13:04

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Zac Mizell, a junior international business major from Dallas, Texas attempt to pass defender Dale Bates, a sophomore Sport Medicine major from Waimea, Hawaii during practice.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves Rugby team ended a four game road trip with a  3-1 record.  The team played began their five-week road trip with a visit to the No. 2 team Life University, where the Red Wolves were handed their first loss, 30-14.

“We weren’t hitting on all cylinders due to injuries and they were and that’s the difference in big games like us and Life,” head coach Matt Huckaby said.

“It was one of the toughest games we played this year definitely,” Shaun Potgeiter said.  

The following week, the team headed down to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M.  

It was the second of the four games and another win ASU win, 67-0.

“They got a lot better this go around.  We didn’t score as many points as we did in the game here, but we did equal the  performance of that game as far as playing went, and that was expected,”  Huckaby said.

The team then headed to South Bend, Ind., to play Notre Dame University, who the Red Wolves had previously beat 99-0.   

The team beat the Fighting Irish 41-0. Coach Huckaby said, “we got into a bar fight or scrapped for that win.  We answered the physicality, but forgot about playing great offense.”

Rugby is known for playing in any type of weather, but the team had not played in severe weather until they traveled to the center of tornado alley in Norman, Okla., where a Friday storm front put out a surprise tornado  a quarter mile from the team’s hotel.   

The team won 84-0 and put them at 7-1 going into this weekends game.

This weekend’s set-up makes the Life vs. A-State rivalry very interesting. The game between number two Life and the number four Arkansas State will determine the course for the rest of the year.  

“If we win, we’ll hold the USA Championship Quarterfinals and Semi’s; if not we are off to the road again,” Huckaby said.  The goal of this game for Coach Huckaby and the team are: to win, get crowd involvement and to prepare for the tournament.  The game is this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the rugby pitch near the Intramural Fields.

 

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