Top-Ranked Colleges Show Their Quality

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The top-ranked men's college teams showed why they are ranked so highly, as all took on well-regarded opponents and won handily this weekend.

A Century For Life

Leading the way was Life University, which had to work for its tries but eventually clawed past LSU to the tune of 103-0 in Marietta, GA, on Saturday. The visiting Tigers worked hard on defense and had opportunities to put sequences together, but mistakes and pressure from the Running Eagles stopped each attack by LSU.

LSU Works The Phases

LSU Works The Phases


Injuries didn't help Tigers, who saw starters James Hayward, Cody Frye, and Hunter Breit go off in the first 16 minutes. 

Life's Harley Wheeler scored three tries, including the first two, while Sean Coughland, Daemon Torres, and Maciu Koroi each scored two. Alex Maughan, Matthew Harmon, Keagan Sparks, Nikey Roberts, Brian Muntanga, Duncan Van Schalkwyk, and Justin Johnson also all scored tries. Van Schalkwyk converted 10 tries for 25 points on his own. 

Duncan Van Schalkwyk Fakes Out Everyone

Duncan Van Schalkwyk Fakes Out Everyone


Cal Over Cal Poly

Meanwhile, a very useful Cal Poly side was thumped by Cal 81-6 at home on Saturday.

California got its try scoring from 10 different players, as flankers Thomas Spradling and Nic Mirhashem and scrumhalf Keanu Andrade scored two apiece.
 
Flyhalf Jamie Howells added a try and finished 7 for 10 on conversions, hitting seven straight after missing his first three attempts, while Elliot Webb also scored a try and went 1 for 3 off the tee. The Bears built a 22-6 halftime lead on tries by four different players, and Mustangs inside center Alex Wormer scored his team's six points on two penalty kicks. Cal then piled nine more tries into the scoring column, as the Bears cut down on errors and penalties and replacements maintained the intensity.
 
"We did a good job of adjusting at halftime to learn from some early mistakes," Cal match captain Kevin Sullivan said.

Saint Mary's Big Over Gauchos

The Saint Mary's Gaels are now 2-0 in the California Conference, having dispatched UC Santa Barbara 74-7 on the road Saturday. Freshman second row Chase Jones scored three tries in the game, with nine other Gaels scoring one apiece. 

With San Diego State losing to Grand Canyon, and Cal Poly getting hit hard by Cal, Saint Mary's looks in excellent shape to win the California Conference once more. 

HSAAs Chase Jones & Ethan McVeigh After Big Win

HSAAs Chase Jones & Ethan McVeigh After Big Win


What About BYU?

The BYU Cougars open their season next week against Grand Canyon in St. Georgia, Utah. The other three top-ranked teams all won massively, and it does indeed seem as if there's a large chasm between those top four and everyone else.

Currently, only a handful of programs — Navy, Penn State, Indiana, Lindenwood, and Arkansas State — are in position to challenge that upper echelon, but that remains a sobering prospect following this weekend's results.

Eagles Battle Inconsistency, Defeat Brazil

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After a somewhat scattered effort, the USA Men’s 15s national team moved to 4-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship with a 43-16 defeat of Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Eagles Must Look To Avoid Traps In Brazil

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Estadio Martins Pereira in São Jose Dos Campos, Brazil plays host to the USA and Brazil in Saturday's Americas Rugby Championship game, and despite the teams' relative records, this is a risky game for the Eagles.

No Backing Down: Life Hosts Davenport

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After a long winter Davenport finally gets to play a Mid-South Conference game, and will start off the so-called spring season at Life University.

OMBAC At Belmont Shore In Battle For The Top Of PRP

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Two undefeated teams meet up 3pm on the campus of Cal State Long Beach as Belmont Shore hosts OMBAC.

SFGG, Life West Choose Sides For PRP Round 3

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After a 2-0 start in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, San Francisco Gold Gate will take on a somewhat wounded and always dangerous Life West in Round 3 Saturday at 3pm on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Olympic Club, Santa Monica Look For First Victory

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The Olympic Club and Santa Monica have named their lineups to face off in Round 3 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

After Statement Win, Gaels Want More

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Saint Mary's put an early stamp on its 2017-18 college season with a dominant win over BYU last week, but more challenges are coming the Gaels' way.

Life Women Put Out Welcome Mat For Capital Selects

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The Life University women's team had to battle for an ugly 12-5 win over the Atlanta Harlequins last week, and that's exactly what head coach Rosalind Chou has been looking to see from her team.

Men’s College Preview & Picks: Are More Surprises In Store This Weekend?

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There has been no shortage of unpredictable results this season, but perhaps none was more stunning than BYU's margin of defeat to Saint Mary's last week.

Men's College Player Of The Week: Payton Talea-Ilalio, Saint Mary's

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The success of Saint Mary's begins and ends with the scrum, and at the fulcrum of that, is prop Payton Telea-Ilalio.