Mega rugby update: Utah Valley advances to final four, Brothers knocked out

BY HUGH BROWN

UTAH BROTHERS LOSES

Utah Brothers, the state’s newest D-I rugby club (created when the Utah Warriors Super League team folded at the start of the spring), battled the Pacific Coast Rugby Union, USA Rugby, and the Provo Steelers to eventually earn a place in the D-1 men’s club Round of 32.

Unfortunately, that is as far as it went as Utah Brothers, despite high expectations, lost a home match in Park City against Santa Monica on Saturday 36-24 to be eliminated from the tournament.

The Dolphins took an early 10-0 lead on a try, conversion, and penalty kick before Utah battled back. Brothers’ scrum scored a try and then an intercepted pass led to a second try and a 14-10 halftime lead for Utah.

Santa Monica controlled most of the second half, building a 33-14 lead before Brothers (3-3) scored in the closing minutes. The Dolphins had finished third in the Southern California Rugby Union.

UTAH VALLEY ADVANCES TO FINAL FOUR 

Palo Alto, Calif., the Utah Valley University Wolverines soundly defeated Santa Rosa JC 30-5 to advance to the Elite Eight.  UVU had lost to Santa Rosa two weeks ago in the Pacific Coast playoffs.

Cal State Long Beach upset Sierra College 14-11.  On Sunday Utah Valley dumped Long Beach 34-13 to qualify for the Final Four.

Flyhalf Dan Ottesen scored two tries and kicked a conversion for the Wolverines.

Elsewhere in D-II play:  In Hanover, N.H., Colgate edged Bentley 29-25 and Towson got by Boston University 21-14, then Towson defeated Colgate 46-3.

In Knoxville, Tenn., Salisbury slammed Sewanee 83-6 and East Carolina beat UNC-Wilmington 30-14. On Sunday Salisbury beat East Carolina 43-9.

In Cottage Grove, Wisc., UW-Whitewater downed Central Missouri 42-7 and tournament favorite Lindenwood defeated UW-Milwaukee 43-5, and then Lindenwood beat UW-Whitewater 27-15.  Going into the playoffs Lindenwood (now 13-0) was ranked first in D-II, Salisbury (15-0) was ranked third, and Utah Valley (13-2) fourth.

The four winners move on to the semifinals on May 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy with Utah Valley facing Lindenwood and Salidbury playing Towson. The championship match is the next day.

DI-AA FINAL FOUR SET

Sixteen teams entered the DI-AA college national tournament on Saturday and now four remain.

In Palo Alto, Calif., UC Santa Barbara handed Oregon State its first loss 37-27 and San Diego State downed Santa Clara 59-14.  On Sunday San Diego State defeated Santa Barbara 47-25 to advance to the semi-finals.

In Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth trounced Shippensburg 75-5 and Stony Brook just got by Northeastern 24-22.  Dartmouth then beat Stony Brook 42-12.

In Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee beat Maryland 47-13 and Florida State upset Florida 34-12, then Tennessee outscored Florida State 45-27.

In Cottage Grove, Wisc., Wisconsin defeated Missouri 49-3 and favorite Davenport clobbered Texas 87-0, then Davenport beat Wisconsin 34-11.  Davenport (now 9-0) was ranked first in D-1AA followed by San Diego State (8-1) and Dartmouth (11-0), with Tennessee (10-3) fifth.

Davenport will now play Dartmouth while Tennessee takes on San Diego State in the semifinals on May 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sandy with the finals the next day.

All but Davenport (the defending D-1AA champion) played in the D-1A Premier League last year.

 

OTHER SCORES                                    

DI-A – West: Air Force defeated Wyoming 41-31 and no score has been reported for Arizona-Colorado State.  East: Delaware defeated Ohio State 41-13.

DI-AA – Washington State over Washington 48-19

UTAH HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

Non-Division: Division 1 Trybe defeated the Division 2 Cougars 43-5.

Division I: United beat Skyline 30-5 and Herriman defeated Davis County easily 65-7.

Division II: TC Fusion squeaked by  Cache Valley 18-12, South County just got by the Warriors 24-19, Desert Hills jumped on Pineview 56-6, Wasatch edged Orem 26-22, and Hurricane won easily over the Las Vegas Aces 57-5.

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