UTAH PREVIEW: WILDCATS WELCOME UTES IN HOME OPENER

 

 #11 Arizona vs #12 Utah

Saturday February 10

William David Sitton Field

2:00 PM MST

 

 

 

 

Anton Grigoriou and the Wildcats hope to continue their strong form from last week's victory. (Photo credit: Travis Prior)

February 7- Arizona will return home for a three game stretch, welcoming #12 Utah to William David Sitton Field for a key conference matchup. The Wildcats have named the side that will take on the Utes, with a mostly unchanged group from the one that took down UCLA 33-10 at the StubHub Center last Saturday. Kyle Rogers once again leads the squad that comes in with a #11 ranking but will need to work for it against the always tough Utah.

In the Forwards, an athletic group is named with the standout performances of players like Sinclair Clinton putting them in a good position heading in to home opener. Ben Scoular joins the starting lineup at Openside Flanker in the only change to the run on side up front. In the backs, Wildcat of the Week Matt Rogers continues to establish himself as one of the premier Scrumhalves in the country and will look to continue his strong form on Saturday. Luke Thayer comes in to the side for the injured Ben Joseph with the explosive Luke Bartzis ready if called upon after a strong game against UCLA in a reserve role.

The Wildcats will hope to move to 3-0 on the young season but will have their work cut out for them against the Utes, having dropped last year's matchup in Salt Lake City as well as in the 2016 playoffs. "We've grown a lot in the last 18 months, but this will be a litmus test for exactly how far we've come. They will bring it and will come in fresh so we know we have to earn that respect" said Head Coach Sean Duffy.

Arizona Second XV will take on Grand Canyon University Second XV immediately following the match, looking to move to 4-0 on the year.

Gates open at 1:30 PM with tickets $7 for adults, $5 for Arizona students with a Catcard, and free admission for children 12 and under. The first 100 students with a Catcard will get in free with Sol y Luna Apartments set up to give away promo items for the game.

First XV vs Utah

1- Steven Branham

2- Zach Biggs

3- Karl Steffany

4- Sean Coleman (VC)

5- Bronson Teles

6- Sinclair Clinton

7- Ben Scoular

8- Fabian Lumsden

9- Matt Rogers

10- Anton Grigoriou

11- Dante Weeks

12- Tom Molloy

13- Ben Joseph

14- Ryan Hudson

15- Kyle Rogers (C)

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16- Chris McBride

17- Hector Ramirez

18- Cody Hunt

19- Billy Esposito

20- Tyler Hansen

21- Jonah Eldridge

22- Luke Bartzis

23- Garrett Walker

Second XV vs Grand Canyon Second XV

1- Hector Ramirez

2- Chris McBride

3- Cody Hunt

4- Billy Esposito

5- Alex Rayton

6- Riley Kerr

7- Zach Heisterkamp

8- Tyler Hansen

9- Jonah Eldridge

10- Robert Figley

11- Garrett Walker

12- Luke Thayer

13- Luke Bartzis

14- Lou MacLaughlin

15- Jon Rogers

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16- Gabe Coray-Dozier

17- Chaz Huntsman

18- Reed Hirshman

19- Carter Harris

20- Bobby Butchofsky

21- Kyle Fulton

22- George Niethammer

23- Jack San Pietro

 

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