For the second week in a row, Kutztown is playing in the most intriguing college match in the country. Last week, the Golden Bears laid down a marker with a 30-point win over Davenport. This week they run up against rival Penn State in University Park, Pa.
“Penn State always expects the win – they never go into anything half way, no matter what,” said Kutztown coach Gregg Jones. They are not impressed by our win over Davenport.”
The Nittany Lions’ only run out of the fall was impressive, too, as they beat Ohio State 70-8. That game was nearly a month ago, however, so Penn State is at risk of being rusty this weekend.
Kutztown won the last meeting with Penn State, beating them 31-21 April 6 in Kutztown, Pa.
This is a match of two fairly similar teams. They’re both pretty direct in their attack, and they like to utilize superior size to wear their opponents down. An important match-up could be Penn State’s Greg Voigt lining up across from Kutztown’s Gareth Lourens in the midfield. Both are athletic, strong, talented runners.
However, More important than an individual match-up for Penn State will be the Nittany Lions’ ability to not stub their own toes with knock-ons, penalties and turnovers.
“Limit the mistakes we make,” Penn State coach Don Ferrell says is paramount. “Even small mistakes will cost you.”
A win would push Kutztown to 2-0 in Rugby East play, with only a meeting with Wheeling Jesuit standing between the Golden Bears and a bid to the American Collegiate Rugby Championship berth.