Life vs PSU Penn State - Collegiate Rugby Championship

The final match of the men’s quarterfinal was a rematch of an exciting contest in pool play that went comfortably to Life on the scoreboard (27–0) but was much tougher than the score lets on.

Constant pressure for the first four minutes almost sent Life in for its first score, but Penn State forced a turnover. The Nittany Lions could not get out of their own goal, setting up an attacking five-meter scrum for Life. But the Running Eagles lost the ball going in, giving the Lions a feed for a defensive five-meter scrum. Having won the scrum, Penn State finally got some breathing room, trying a kick and chase that could have worked for the sprinting wing had the ball not rolled to touch just shy of the ten-meter line. Penn State got the ball from the lineout and burst into the Life half before giving up a penalty at the Life ten-meter line in the final few seconds of the half. Duncan Van Schalkwyk ended up with the ball and threw a world-class dummy to open up forty meters for the try to end the half with a 5–0 advantage.

Life’s kickoff to start the second half failed to travel ten meters, giving Penn State a free kick at midfield. Mike Dabulas got the Nittany Lions inside the Life twenty-two, but no points came of it. After some back-and-forth play that left exhausted bodies across the pitch, Mitch Wilson got loose for a try under the post to extend life’s lead to 12–0.

A near interception try led to a yellow card for Life, but even with the man advantage, it was too little too late for Penn State to avoid the end result. A consolation try by Kevin Trotter pleased the fans, but did not alter the outcome: Life 12, Penn State 5.

Life: #4T/#5T, #5C
Penn State:/#5T
Yellow Card: Life #11