ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Mar. 21) –
The Central Washington University men's rugby team takes on Utah State University in Ellensburg on Saturday (Mar. 24) in a D1A Rugby fixture.
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"We are excited to play at home against a quality side after a tough past week on the road. We are slowly reintegrating student-athletes from mid-term injury lay-offs so I am excited to see how this group responds," CWU Head Coach Todd Thornley
said. "Our focus has been on sharpening up our defensive structures and attack off set-piece and progress has been made. Saturday presents a great opportunity to apply learnings from the week for 80minutes and play some winning rugby."
SCOUTING UTAH STATE
Utah State is 3-2 through its first five D1A fixtures. They've scored 198 points and allowed 181 for a point differential of 17. The Aggies are tied with three other teams for second in the Rocky Mountain conference. Utah State fell to Utah Valley 43-19 last week.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats lost a pair of D1A matchups last week to Utah Valley and No. 4 Brigham Young University. Central Washington fell to No. 18 in the latest D1A poll, just outside the playoff picture.
In their first fixture last week, the Wildcats could not overcome a sluggish first half that saw the Wolverines of Utah Valley University jump out to a 26-7 lead. In the end, the Wildcats fell to UVU, 40-24, to drop to 5-4 on the season.
Then, the Wildcats battled cold, bitter conditions and a tough Brigham Young University squad Saturday afternoon to wrap up their road swing through Utah. The fixture was hard fought, but the Wildcats ultimately fell 46-26.
In snowy Salt Lake City, #3 Cal completed its sweep of the PAC Conference by defeating #17 Utah 80-0. Despite the wet conditions, the Bears found success on the outside, with seven tries coming from wings. After yet another spring shutout, Cal seems to be clicking at the right time on both sides of the ball.
#10 Arizona returning from a spring break tour of Mexico, came out and played against #15 San Diego State. It was an important match as San Diego State going into the weekend were currently the first team out of the playoffs. A win would have helped them break into the playoff picture. It wasn't to be, as the Aztecs fell to the Wildcats by the slimmest of margins. A missed penalty at in extra time saw them fall 41-42.