Western Washington University's men’s rugby team sent Washington State University back to Pullman, Wash. after winning 34-14 on Saturday, March 8, at the Wade King Student Recreation Center turf field.
The Vikings are now 2-2 at home after losing to the University of Oregon Saturday, Jan. 25, and the University of Washington Saturday, Feb. 22.
“Things just seemed to go right for us today,” said Paul Horne, Western’s director of rugby. “We haven’t changed anything. We continued to do the same things as far as our gameplan, although our defense was better.”
Western was the team with the driving offense, Horne said.
“We put a lot of pressure on them,” Horne said. “That pressure turned into points for us. It was a much better performance by our guys.”
Western was looking to regain some of its pride, coming off a brutal beating from Central Washington University, losing 94-0 Saturday, March 1.
Western, which now holds a 3-5 overall record, has a relatively young team this year, Horne said. Western had 13 players who were either freshmen or sophomores. Almost all of this year’s team will be back next year, he said.
Western will head to Eastern Washington University to take on the Eagles Saturday, March 15, in Cheney, Wash.