GRR: Central Washington University
It's tough going in college rugby in the Pacific Northwest, where COVID restrictions have been especially ... restrictive, but one key game is happening as Western Washington hosts Central Washington on Saturday.
Jack Wendling was a star for the Chuckanut youth program in northern Washington State before joining Central Washington University.
Central Washington prop forward Mae Sagapolu is a finalist for the 2021 MA Sorensen Award as the top women's collegiate rugby player in the USA.
A powerful scrummager and imposing ballcarrier, Sagapolu hits the rucks and makes the tackles but she is also a great passer and intelligent rugby player overall.
Life University shocked Central Washington in the DI Elite semifinals 29-20 thanks to a more adventurous approach and some execution in the red zone.
Central continued to play aggressive rugby and worked the phases, but they continually found themselves defending their own tryline thanks to turnovers and some impressive runs from the Running Eagles.