Indiana came out of the gates for its 2017 BTU regular season on the front foot. After Purdue recovered the opening kickoff and took a 3-0 lead thanks to a penalty, the Hoosiers jumped out to a 14-3 lead by the 10th minute and never looked back.
Six freshmen made appearances for Indiana, and although the tries were raining down early on in the afternoon, the offense sputtered late in the second half.
“Yes we scored a lot, however having try eyes made us break out of our system especially in the second half,” said senior loose forward Dacoda Worth. “With better teams we won’t have the same results playing one-phase rugby.”
Leading the way on the score sheet was the acting captain on the day Tyler Sousley, who ran in 4 tries.
“Overall we took additional strides this past Saturday against the Boilermakers, especially some of our freshmen that have been continuing to make a name for themselves on the pitch,” Sousley said. “Looking forward, we’ll need to keep hammering our defensive structure and pressure in order to reach our goals of winning a Big Ten and National Championship.”
Teddy Terezis has returned from a week in the Collegiate All-Americans camp and an appearance in their match with Oxford.
“Having Teddy back is huge since he’s coming off a highly beneficial experience with the Collegiate All-Americans and is ready to lead our team to an undefeated fall season,” Sousley said.
Indiana travels to Wisconsin this Saturday for a matchup that has had Big Ten Championship implications in past years. The past two score lines between the two programs were 20-13 in 2015, and 39-17 last season.
Last week Wisconsin hosted Lindenwood-Belleville, who was able to beat the Badgers 38-14. The matchup this weekend will be telling for the state of the Big Ten Conference in 2017.