UCLA vs Virginia Tech - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Continuing the ferocious Pool D, UCLA and Virginia Tech took the Talen Energy Stadium pitch. The Hokies looked to have scored first by way of John Gerard, but the ball was deemed to have gone loose prior to the grounding, giving UCLA a five-meter scrum. Instead, it was the Bruins who scored first, thanks to Jordan Robertson. Cain Barry added the conversion. A second UCLA score was avoided by a staunch Hokes defense that forced a penalty six meters out from the Virginia Tech line. As the half rolled to a close, UCLA regained possession, with Patrick French adding a second try. Barry’s conversion sent UCLA to halftime up 14–0.

An opportunistic try for Robertson to complete his brace came from an interception to put UCLA ahead 21–0 following Barry’s third conversion. Virginia Tech twice threatened to get on the board, but a great steal from Daniel Thomas stopped the first attempt an ill-advised chip ahead cost Virginia Tech the other. The next score went to UCLA from Jax Carter. The match ended with a dropped pass on the wing to keep UCLA from adding a fifth try. UCLA 26, Va. Tech 0.

The win keeps UCLA in the hunt in an extremely tough Pool D. For Virginia Tech, the loss means a very real possibility of going winless on Day 1.