Kutztown University held off a tough Iona College team 33-24 Sunday in Rugby East action to keep pace with undefeated Army.
In a very chippy game, Iona did well to kick for field position and pressure Kutztown defensively.
There was only one game in the Rugby East Saturday, with Kutztown University moving to 2-0 with a 24-5 defeat of St. Bonavanture.
Two 3-0 teams face off tonight in the Rugby East, with Penn State hosting Army at University Park.
Both teams come in with new head coaches - although at least Matt Sherman has been on the job for some weeks at West Point; Penn State’s new guy, Blake Burdette, has been in town only since Monday.
After two fairly straightforward shutout victories, the West Point men’s rugby team now faces a sterner test as the Knights host Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday.
For captain Donny Goff (no relation to this website’s editor), getting a tough test like the Cardinals is just what they need.
Penn State’s win over Wheeling Jesuit may well have put the rest of Rugby East on notice.
After losing to AIC in a non-conference game and then beating St. Bonaventure, but not by much, PSU’s win over the Cardinals might well be an indication that the Nittany Lions are sharpening their claws.
Penn State moved to 2-0 in the Rugby East with a tough 38-33 victory over Wheeling Jesuit Saturday.
WJU dropped to 1-1.
“PSU punished us for our mistakes,” said WJU head Coach Tal Bayer. “I am proud of our effort on the day. Our boys pushed until the end, scoring four tries. It looked like we might pull it out.”
Wheeling Jesuit opened their Rugby East conference account with an impressive 37-19 defeat of Iona Saturday.
In a tough, physical game, Iona shocked WJU a little early on with their aggressive defensive front, but the Gaels couldn’t get anything on the scoreboard for their efforts, and the Cardinals entered halftime up 12-0.
Iona College started their fall 2015 season with an impressive 50-8 defeat of Fordham this past weekend.
The Gaels started their season with characteristic vigor on defense, getting to the Fordham ballcarriers with speed and pushing the Rams backward. And when Iona got the ball, they were equally aggressive in challenging Fordham.
American International College got a late try from flyhalf Jihad Khabir to defeat Penn State 34-27 in an early-season clash between the two top college programs.
AIC took an early lead with a penalty kick from fullback Michele Magistrali, but Penn State scrumhalf Jimmy Ronan tied it up two minutes later.
WHEELING, W. Va. – Wheeling Jesuit rugby will make their 2015-16 season debut Saturday at 1pm against the University of Cincinnati, with a new Head Coach at the helm.
WJU confirmed Friday that Tal Bayer has replaced Eric Jerpe as Head Coach.
American International College and Penn State kick off their seasons this weekend as they face off in a non-conference game.
The teams have decided to treat it like a regular game - no expanded sub rules or scrimmage rules - and just see who’s got what.