Bloomsburg University’s Men’s Rugby team defeated California University of Pennsylvania’s Men’s Rugby team by a score of 12-0 on Saturday. The game, which took place on Upper Campus at Bloomsburg University, was very close all the way until the end.

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BloomU Rugby and CalU Rugby involved in a scrum during Saturday’s match.

The game started out very slow with neither side gaining any momentum early. It was a lot of back and forth play until Bloomsburg finally broke through and scored towards the end of the first half. Michael O’Rangers of Bloomsburg scored a try that is worth five points to take the lead. Immediately following the try Bloomsburg’s Shawn Gordon hit on the conversion that is worth two points to make the score 7-0.

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Paul Elia (16) and Robert Hopkins (13) look on during a game stoppage.

Bloomsburg held the 7-0 lead through halftime and late into the game when they again scored another try. The second try was scored by Shawn Gordon on a nice run in which he blew by a majority of California University’s team. Following the try, Shawn Gordon missed on the conversion leaving the score at 12-0. From that point on neither team did much of anything. Eventually the clock ran out and Bloomsburg was victorious. “We’re very excited about the victory here today,” said Robert Hopkins of the Bloomsburg Men’s team.

Although Bloomsburg was happy to get the win, they were not happy about how the game was officiated. “We felt as if we really had trouble getting into rhythm due to the constant blowing of the whistle. We weren’t able to get into any of our phases and it really hurt our overall performance,” said Joe Ferrara Jr. of the Bloomsburg Men’s team.

This win was Bloomsburg’s first win of the season bringing their overall record to 1-2. They have three more games on the schedule and are looking to build off this win. They will have to wait a week to keep the good times rolling however because they have a bye next week. “Following the bye we want to go out and tack on another win to our record. Although we really didn’t like the pace of the game today, we liked some of the things we did and we look forward to improving at practice over the next two weeks,” said Brian Curry of the Bloomsburg Men’s team.

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Brian Curry walks off the field after getting the win.

Bloomsburg Men’s Rugby teams next game will be at Home vs. Slippery Rock on October 14th at 7 p.m.

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