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Members of the Arizona men's club rugby team practice at Rincon Vista Sports Complex on Oct. 11. The Ruggers defeated ASU 38-24 on Sunday in Tempe, their 30th straight victory over the Sun Devils.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Devils winless in last 21 seasons against UA
The Arizona men's club rugby team defeated ASU 38-24 on Sunday in Tempe, the Ruggers' 30th consecutive victory over 21 seasons against the Sun Devils.
Wing Travis Frenzel and halfback Doug Hood each had two tries for Arizona (3-0), which almost squandered a late 14-point lead.
With the score 26-12 and time winding down in the second half, ASU center Chris Margaret intercepted a pass by the Ruggers' Matt Buppert and returned the ball 99 yards to cut the Ruggers' lead to 7.
Arizona went on to outscore ASU (1-1) 12-5 to clinch the victory.
"We played hard and deserved to win," said Arizona head coach Dave Sitton in a press release. "The Devils never quit when we play them."
Sun Devils hooker Tim Joynt shrugged off three defenders a minute into the second half to cut Arizona's lead to 16-12.
The Ruggers responded with tries by Frenzel and prop Josh Bart, who scored after ASU mishandled a Mark Gallo punt.
The Sun Devils registered an early 5-point lead on an uncontested try, but Arizona's Gallo hit two field goals to put the Ruggers up by 1 and ahead for good.
Wing Dan Hafner and Hood each scored tries to send Arizona to a 16-5 halftime lead.
The Ruggers compete in their only home game of the fall season Saturday against New Mexico at 1:30 p.m. at Estevan Park, 1000 N. Main St.