Arizona Rugby falls short of CRC goal

Arizona Rugby falls short of CRC goal

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - For just the second time since the start of the event in 2010, the Arizona Wildcats did not qualify for the Collegiate Rugby Championships' Cup quarterfinals.

UA (1-2) finished third in Pool D beating Virginia Tech but suffering losses to American International College (AIC) and rival UCLA.

The 17-12 loss to the Bruins in the Cats final game of pool play prevented Arizona from advancing in the annual rugby sevens tournament.

Arizona had early 7-0 lead on last season's national runners-up, but UCLA rallied with 17 straight points in the second half for the victory.

The only other year the Wildcats did not make the Cup quarterfinals was 2014.

Arizona is a three-time semifinalist at the CRC and finished second in 2012.

The California Golden Bears are the four-time defending champions of the Collegiate Rugby Championships. The Bears advanced to the quarterfinals by sweeping through Pool D.

UA will compete Sunday at 8 a.m. Tucson time in the 2nd level Plate bracket quarterfinals where they will take on AIC in a rematch.

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