Lindenwood vs Army - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Like the Arizona-AIC match, Army v. Lindenwood paired a CRC debutant, Lindenwood, against a CRC founder, Army. The cadets reached the 2011 CRC final but have struggled to perform consistently in the competition since. Lindenwood, although a newcomer, enters the CRC as the favorite in the eyes of many to hoist the Dawkins Trophy at the close of tomorrow. The Lions scored first, but it was not easy. Four minutes of back and forth play finally opened up when Christian Rodriguez got the St. Louis team a try under the post. Captain Michael Baska nailed the easy conversion for a full-score lead over the West Pointers. A second score came quickly in the far right corner. Sam Chapman’s score did not leave an easy conversion for his captain, but Baska drove the ki k home for a 14–0 lead. Off the restart, Army looked to have awoken, but an initial foray into the Lindenwood half was ended with an interception that eventually resulted in Nick Feakes breaking free for Lindenwood’s third try of the half. The conversion by Baska was no good.

Army came out running in the second half, but a yellow card two minutes into the half all but officially put the matter to rest. Lindenwood added a fourth try and a third conversion to take firm hold of the match. Army continued to fight even down a man. Captain Jake Lachina dotted down by the post, giving Harrsion Farrell an easy conversion. The converted try also burned the yellow card, returning Army to its full complement. Although a win was out of reach, closing the gap in points could prove vital to Army’s hopes of reaching the quarterfinal as one of the top two second-placed teams. For good measure, Lindenwood’s Sam Chapman notched a second try for himself. The long conversion by Feakes made it a convincing win for the Lions. Lindenwood 33, Army 7.