Western Washington and Washington State lead the field after Day One of the Men’s NCRC 7s in Pullman, WA.
WWU went 3-0, defeating Washington 43-7, Eastern Washington 19-12, Oregon 42-0. In the seller Pool B, WSU needed just two victories, but both of them were close. The Cougars beat Boise State 12-5 and Oregon State 24-19 to win the group.
The Western Washington Vikings won two games of the weekend, beating the University of Victoria U21s 39-14 while also taking care of the University of Washington 53-31 in the B-side game.
This was the first outing for WWU since the victory over Oregon State on November 17 and the rust was evident.
The University of Oregon Ducks visited Bellingham, Wash. for an important match up with the 3-0 WWU Vikings. They went home on the wrong end of a 66-7 score.
On a high after beating Oregon State, UO has thoughts of moving up in the NCRC, but Western continues to improve.
Boise State pulled off a bit of a surprise result in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference, beating Oregon 53-28.
Led by a superb defensive effort from No. 8 Joe Green, Boise State put in one of its more complete efforts.
BSU started six freshmen and three sophomores.
The D1AA playoff schedules and dates are to be announced by USA Rugby soon. Here's a quick preview of what's going to happen.
Fall Champion Mary Washington is waiting to play the Spring Champion and will do so on the weekend of May 5.
The University of Washington Huskies will be playing an independent schedule for the coming 2017-18 season.
Director of Rugby Mike Alfstad said the decision has been under consideration for some years now, and it wasn't to do with dissatisfaction with the NCRC conference.
The University of Missouri won two games over the weekend without taking the field and now Mizzou is officially the Heart of America conference champs with a 7-0 record.
Both Iowa State and Nebraska were on the schedule to play Missouri this weekend, but Iowa State forfeited some time ago and Nebraska forfeited this week, leaving Mizzou with no one to play.
Notre Dame College is waiting to find out who the Falcons will play for the DIAA national title this coming May, and there's still a lot of rugby to be played before that becomes clear.
However ... it doesn't hurt to make a few guesses and assumptions. Here's how the playoffs look for DIAA in the spring:
Western Washington as much as clinched 1st in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference Saturday with a 62-7 defeat of their closest rivals, University of Washington.
The NCRC has a big weekend coming, after an intriguing set of games on Saturday.
The less said about Western Washington's 25-try, 159-0 shutout of Eastern Washington the better. To keep it short, WWU is better than EWU, and is looking to regain that NCRC title.
While the biggest news out of the NCRC may well be how a football player feels about rugby, there is more going on in the Pacific Northwest.
Western Washington moved to 4-0 in the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference with a 43-17 win over Boise State Saturday.
In other action, Gonzaga moved to 3-0 with a 26-24 defeat of Oregon, Washington moved to 3-0-1 with a 36-15 win over Oregon State, and Western Oregon defeated Washington State 51-17.