The University of Arizona Wildcats opened the 2013 Collegiate rugby championships with a 31 – 17 win over the Wisconsin Badgers. The game was played in a spectator less PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Arizona was off to a fast start with back to back tries by Jack Arnold and Cody Naber. However two defensive lapses let the Badgers dot twice, once converted and Wisconsin led at the break 12 - 10.
In the second half, Arizona tallied two quick tries by Jake Haebe and Ryan Matyas. With two conversions by Jack Arnold, Arizona reclaimed the lead 24 -10. With two minutes remaining, Matt Tomasetti ran a strong support line for Arizona's fifth try, converted by Arnold.
On the final play of the match, Wisconsin scored off a lost Arizona scrum.
Arizona has extended their CRC win streak to 9 in a row - dating back to 2010. The Wildcats drew their first game 5 - 5 with ARMY. Since then, they have defeated all nine opponents, shutting out five.
The Wildcats continue pool play on Saturday with a pair of matches at PPL Park. At 1:10 EDT /10:10 MST, Arizona takes on Penn. At 3:32 EDT/ 12:32 MST, the Wildcats will face defending champion Dartmouth, the team that beat Arizona in last year's final. That match will be seen on NBC. Coverage begins at Noon.
OFF THE PITCH NOTES: Arizona alum and eagles Quarterback Nick Foles will be the honorary captain for Arizona on Saturday afternoon. He will attend the UA Alumni tailgate with another former Wildcat Kyle Quinn who was just drafted by Philadelphia.
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