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College Latest: Arizona, Life, IUPUI, Army All Win

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College Latest: Arizona, Life, IUPUI, Army All Win

Arizona has beaten GCU twice. Jeff Dalton photo.

Here's a look at what happened in men's college rugby this weekend.

IUPUI won a close game over Bowling Green 26-20. Details >>

Arizona won big over Grand Canyon 55-17. The full game can be seen here>>

Arizona took an early 7-0 lead on a superb run from fullback Ryan Thompson, but he sustained an injury as he scored the try and had to leave the field. Despite that flyhalf Robert Figley hit the touchline conversions and the Wildcats were off. Wing Jake Broselle scored off an interception, and then backed up lock Jack Brown when Brown gathered a loose ball. Figley converted both of Broselle's tries and added a penalty for a 24-0 lead.

Center Abe Turpen cut through on a nice line for his try, which Figley converted, and then GCU finally scored after coming close a few times.Damond McCaskill working his way over after a few Arizona penalties.

Jon Rogers, who was on as a sub for Thompson, sliced through for Arizona's fifth try of the first half and it was 36-5 at the break. Arizona got a bit of a soft try when Figley kicked to the corner and the gather was muffed on the goal line. Center Lucas Agasse swooped in to gather and score. That made it 41-5, and while Tucker Trickey got those five back fpr GCU on a quick tap, the Wildcats got two more on the board with Rogers finishing off a long period of Arizona pressure and then one more.

Down 55-10 Grand Canyon got a third try as Trickey zipped through from the base of the ruck.

 

Life beat Davenport 40-6. The Running Eagles fell behind early on two penalty kicks, but after Tabonga Ngonyamo blasted through for a try, Life led 7-6 and wouldn't trail again. Ishma-eel Safodien, Karch Hoffman, and Damoreon Travis all scored tries for Life and Chase Schor-Haskin scored two. 

"We came out in that first half and, for the most part, played how we wanted to play with the effort and intensity we needed," said Life Head Coach Colton Cariaga. "The forwards worked hard and together and raised their standard. Likewise, our inside backs commanded well and our outside backs put in some solid work. We just needed to buckle down on our discipline in defense and limit errors in attack."

 

West Point beat Queens University Charlotte 34-7. Army scored in the first two minutes but Queens held them out for much of the first half after that. It was really tries either side of halftime that decided it. Robert Barrett, Ben Kelly, Nolan Green, Parker Ross, and Steven Rhode all touched down with Sean McNulty added two conversions and a penalty, and Green converting Rhode's try which was right at the end of the game.

It was a tough-minded performance once again from Queens, but Army was too physical and too cohesive.