Saturday, March 1st 2014
The Rugby Apple Cup hit the pitch on Saturday in chilly Pullman with game time temperatures in the teens, and mounds of snow on the sidelines. UW was looking to make it two years in a row and Washington State was looking for a little revenge from a 2 point loss last year in Seattle.
The match had big implications as both teams were in 1st place in their respective division of the NCRC League. Wazzu coming in with a 5-1 record in the East Division, and UW with a 5-1-1 record in the West.
Wazzu came out aggressive making big hits right out of the shoot, but it did little to sway the confidence of UW. A great counter attack, multiple phases, and quick tap penalties saw tries by Senior Captain Justin Santos, Senior Full Back Aaron Carr, and Freshman Prop Nate Lungstrom (his first try ever!), putting the halftime mark at 15-5. One slip defensively off our own scrum saw Wazzu #6 pick the ball out of the trenches and run 30 meters for a try, but other than that, Wazzu would do little offensively on the day.
The second half picked up where the first half left off. Three more tries in the second half by Wing Tom Donovan, 8-Man Ian Booth off a 5 meter scrum, and Justin Santos for his second try off a tap and go put the Dawgs ahead for good.
Perhaps the most impressive scoreline of the day was the second side match, which saw the Development Dawgs against a Wazzu B-Side that consisted of (6) Wazzu varisty football players. Lacking in size, speed, and strength the Development Dawgs played fearlessly to earn a 7-0 shutout of Wazzu's second side.
A big day for the UW program, but without much time to celebrate as Eastern Washington rolls into Seattle on Saturday. Eastern was the team that knocked UW out of the playoffs in the Semi-Finals last year, and the Dawgs will be looking for some revenge.
UW v. Eastern Washington
IMA #3 Field, Seattle WA