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CWU Wildcats Claw Davis

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The Central Washington University men's rugby team scored 36 unanswered points twice en route to a 72-14 victory over UC Davis.

"Some great pieces of rugby tonight against a physical UC Davis side," CWU Head Coach Todd Thornley said.  "Collectively we stuck to our shape on both sides of the ball and put together some nice pieces of rugby.  Now we need to win the recovery and prepare for a big challenge Saturday."

CWU now looks ahead to playing Saint Mary's on Saturday. That game will be shown LIVE on FloRugby (Click here for more)

Wildcats captain Alex Mackenzie scored the first try of the game before vice captain Cole Zarcone gave CWU a two-try lead. Following a try from Vanya Sturm, Makani Mafua scored two of the Wildcats' next three tries, sandwiching a try from Riley Schell.

The Aggies answered with wing Bradley Maples and hooker Tanner Wraa, both converted by Tarik Siniora. That made it 36-14 at 58 minutes. But Jake Szumski's try reestablished CWU's momentum. Kawika Macy and Diego Damian-Hernandez followed suit and scored tries of their own, before Jack Wendling found his way in for his first try of the contest.  Mafua then added his third try for the hat trick and a 67-14 advantage.  

The final try of the fixture was scored by John Dupree.

Conversions were knocked through by: Henry Foster (3) and Lewis Hollidge (3).

Central Washington 72
Tries: Mafua 3, Schell, Zarcone, Mackenzie, Wendling, Szumski, Strum, Macy, Damian-Hernandez, Dupree
Convs: Foster 3, Hollidge 3

UC Davis 14
Tries: Maples, Wraa
Convs: Siniora