DIA Rugby News
Ohio State and Indiana have essentially clinched a spot in the Big Ten championship game after both teams won over the weekend.
Well, it happened, and it happened in a big way. Idle as they are, the top four teams in our rankings are vulnerable to being pushed down by teams that play in the fall.
But the teams in the fall can't just do it on one or two victories; they have to build up a portfolio of results against strong opposition.
In a bit of a barnburner on Sunday afternoon, Notre Dame College came back from a 16-7 to take the lead only to see Davenport secure a tie in the closing minutes.
This was a crossover meeting between the Rugby East (NDC) and Mid-South (Davenport), with NDC ranked #12 by D1A Rugby and Davenport ranked at #8 after beating Penn State last week.
Navy put its hand up for some rankings love with an impressive 38-12 defeat of Penn State this weekend.
Navy has beaten seven ranked DIA teams in a row, including two teams that have since done even better—Rugby East champions Kutztown, and Davenport, which has started very well this fall.
West Point moved back to .500 in the Rugby East after a comeback victory over Mary Washington Saturday.
Despite dropping to 0-3, UMW put in a good performance and showed once again how the Mothers belong in DIA.
The top teams led the way in the Liberty this weekend, with Northeastern, Boston College, Syracuse, and Iona all winning.
Kutztown University finished off a perfect run in the Rugby East, securing a five-straight bonus-point victory to clinch the conference title.
Saturday, the Golden Bears pulled away from a tenacious St. Bonaventure team to win 83-7.
Indiana and Ohio State can sew up spots in the Big Ten final with wins this weekend.
Kutztown can clinch the Rugby East with a victory over St. Bonaventure.
Penn State is probably the second-best team in the Rugby East, but will visit Navy in a non-conference game that is more about rankings. If Navy wins this game, they might be able to break into the top four.
Notre Dame defeated Syracuse 40-31 Thursday night in a DIA crossover
We've got some big tacklers, hard-hitting front-rowers, and try-scorers from this weekend.
A couple of readers have asked us whether we take into account performance in 7s when making these rankings; we don't.