Men’s rugby looks to knock off No 1. team in country

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Men’s rugby looks to knock off No 1. team in country

Wesley White gets tackled during the Lions' victory over Clemson University on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Lorrie Macy

Wesley White gets tackled during the Lions' victory over Clemson University on Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Lorrie Macy

Wesley White gets tackled during the Lions' victory over Clemson University on Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Lorrie Macy

Wesley White gets tackled during the Lions' victory over Clemson University on Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Lorrie Macy

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GARRETT ANDERSON| Reporter

Lindenwood men’s rugby will face Life University this weekend in Augusta, Georgia for the first time this season after playing them three times in the 2017-2018 season.

The Lions lost their first two matches against Life by the score of 18-22, in Marietta, Georgia on Feb 17, and 12-31 on March 24 at Hunter Stadium, before avenging those losses by defeating them 17-7 in the cup playoffs last year in Philadelphia.

Head coach Josh Macy said he is excited about the challenge ahead of the team.

“Historically we play them better than anyone else does in the country,” he said.

According to Macy, Life is going to be one of the toughest opponents they will face.

“They are really smart and physical as a team.” he said. “I think one thing they are really good at is taking advantage of your mistakes,”

Macy emphasized how important the tempo of the game can change.

“Everything can be going well, then you drop one ball and they take it the other way to score,” he said.

Macy said his team knows the keys to victory this weekend.

“For us it is about matching their physicality and eliminating the errors as well,” he said.

He said the history of the matchup always brings the best out of both teams, and he enjoys the rivalry.

“It’s always a good trip down there, we have some alums that live down there, the environment is great and also rowdy,” he said.

The Lions look to make it three straight wins, and two consecutive against Life dating back to last year.