Rugby Junior Varsity Drops Match to Life University
JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s rugby squad dropped the home finale game by a score of 29-5 to Life University in a junior varsity matchup Saturday afternoon at Curt Huckaby Field.
“I’m very happy with our team’s effort and focus,” said head coach Blake White. “We put great pressure on Life throughout the match and just weren’t able to capitalize enough. These types of matches are great for both programs to get the young guys in against quality opponents and use it as a measuring stick and, for us, we will grow from it.”
The match was scoreless until Life had a successful try shortly before the halfway point to give the Running Eagles the 5-0 lead over the Red Wolves. A-State answered early in the second period when freshman Tommy Montgomery raced across the line for the score to tie it up, 5-5.
Life added another score on a penalty try from a scrum after an infraction to lead, 12-5. Penalties led to another try in the corner for the Running Eagles.
After taking off for fall break, Arkansas State closes out the fall schedule, Saturday, Dec. 1, when the Red Wolves and Texas Tech will meet in Houston. The game was scheduled to honor the memory of A-State player Garrett Soileau who died in an automobile accident, Dec. 19, 2017, near his hometown of The Woodlands, Texas.
“We’re very excited to finish the fall with our first memorial match in Houston in Garrett’s memory,” added White.