Arizona vs AIC - Collegiate Rugby Championship

The first men’s match in the stadium pitted Arizona against AIC. Arizona, the 2012 runner up is one of the few squads to have competed in every CRC. AIC, on the other hand, was making its debut. AIC started its CRC legacy with an inauspicious beginning, as the kickoff went directly into touch. Arizona controlled the opening possession, but Christian Adams got AIC the first points of the match. Jihad Khabir’s long conversion attempt was just off, leaving AIC up 5–0. Arizona’s Jonah Eldridge gave his team a try to level the match, with Shane Dempsey’s conversion giving Arizona the lead five minutes in. The first half ended with Arizona on attack, showing that experience matters at this level.

The second half was marked with massive hits and sold back and forth rugby. Arizona looked like it might score three minutes into the half with big runs by Ben Scoular and Matt Rogers. Instead, the AIC defense was able to stop Arizona and a short while later got a go-ahead score of its own. A knock on with a minute left squandered good attacking position for the Wildcats. In the end, the debutants proved the better side on the day. AIC 12, Arizona 7.