Men’s club rugby outpaces Fredonia, 33-12, moves to 4-2

Jahvon Graham, Reporter

The Buffalo State men’s club rugby team defeated Fredonia, 33-12, to capture their second consecutive victory and improve to 4-2 on the season. With a strong offensive output and a great game defensively, they were able to control the game throughout and clinch a playoff spot.

For the second straight week, captain Christian Feickert did not see action, but the team still performed well without his presence.

“We are executing the little things well,” August Edwards said. “Making tackles, running hard, and just playing good, clean rugby.”

“When our guys are getting tackled, we’re running over there to ruck over him,” co-captain Justin Brzyski added.

For the second straight week, the offense showed up. For the second game in a row, Tim Kaiser and kicker Trevor Wilder scored tries. Brzyski, Richard Cowen and James Stewart also added scores.

Strong gusts of wind didn’t throw off Wilder, who converted four of five two-point conversion kicks.

“Everyone is giving it their all on the field,” Brzyski said. “We’re having ups and downs on the field, but we’re keeping good team chemistry through it. We make smart decisions on the field as well; we don’t panic.”

Feickert is slated to return to the field for next week’s game.

“Yes, Christian had been medically cleared to play,” head coach Rob Jenkinson confirmed. “This will be a great addition to a team that looks like they have found their stride in all aspects of the game.”

Buffalo State faces a strong upcoming schedule, starting with Niagara University.

“We have a big game at Niagara University under the lights Saturday night,” Brzyski said. “They have good coaching and it’s always a tough game.”

“The rest of the season is going to be tough.” Edwards said. “I expect nothing but good play from [Niagara]. We just have to stick to our game plan. Honestly, we can only beat ourselves.”

After Niagara, the team will enjoy its bye week before going back on the road to take on Lemoyne in their final regular season matchup.

“This game today got us into the playoffs,” Jenkinson said. “These next couple games against the University of Niagara and then Lemoyne, we just need to go out there and fine tune our skills for the playoffs.”

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