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Red Wolf Rugby Defeats Davenport, 24-18


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Arkansas State University’s rugby squad overcame a first-half deficit to defeat sixth-ranked Davenport University, 24-18, here Saturday at the Davenport University Turf Field.

Third-ranked Arkansas State got off to a quick start scoring on a try at the six-minute mark and completing the conversion to give the Red Wolves a 7-0 lead. A couple of minutes later, Davenport scored on a penalty kick to cut A-State’s lead to 7-3.

Davenport inched a little closer when a try and conversion put the Panthers within striking distance, 10-7, at the halfway mark.

The Red Wolves came out for the final period and scored quickly on a pair of tries—one at 44 minutes and again at 56 minutes. The second conversion failed, but A-State remained on top, 19-10.

A successful try at the 63-minute mark gave Davenport five more points, but Arkansas State roared back with another try to make the score, 24-15. The Panthers were able to score once again on a penalty kick, but the Red Wolves held on for the victory.

Arkansas State returns home to host Life University Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at the Arkansas State Rugby Field.

vs. Panthers
Photo courtesy of David Gerhart,
Davenport University