Life vs PSU Penn State - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Match Summary

The match began with a tremendous amount of energy from both sides as Penn State swarmed to the ball on the opening kickoff to Life. The frenetic pace of the match did not soon slow either. The early stages of the match, between the vocal crowd and the thrilling speed, epitomized the greatness of sevens rugby.

An error in not releasing after being tackled put Penn State on the defensive at its own twenty-two, but the defense stood strong as Ryan McNulty dragged the Life runner into touch. Life soon regained possession and a penalty against Penn State sprung the opportunity for Mitch Wilson to score under the post. Duncan Van Schalkwyk’s conversion made it 7–0 for the Running Eagles.

A great take at the restart gave Life a second shot at points, and a kick with a hair too much energy behind it is all that kept Harley Wheeler from extending the lead. But again Penn State played ferocious defense. The Nittany Lions threatened to break the Life defense several times but it was Life scoring again to end the half when Sean Coughlan found space to gun under the sticks. Van Schalkwyk’s conversion made it 14–0 to close the first half.

Life extended its lead with a try by Jamie Berrisford in the right corner, making it 19–0 with four and a half minutes remaining. A minute later, Berrisford was sent off with a yellow card, giving Penn State a chance for a monumental comeback. Life proved tough to break even with only six men, twice forcing turnovers through penalty. But the defining moment was winning a yellow card against Penn State’s Mike Eife leading to a dropgoal by Ryan Reese. And life put the inal nail in the coffin when Wheeler dotted down in the left corner. Life 27, Penn State 0.

Life: #5T, #12T, #4CC/#3T, #9D, #7T
Yellow Cards: #3L, #6PSU