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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Texas Rugby Results - 10 Jan

HURT 8-man, Gavin Boak, driving through two tacklers.
Houston, TX - The temperature at Rice's Rugby Pitch never got above 42. The drizzle stopped for only a few minutes a couple of times. The wind blew steadily. Overall, perfect rugby weather.

Alamo City got it's scoring in early with a Penalty Kick from Texas St alumni Kevin Kemp just a minute after the kickoff. Then, HURT took eight minutes to turn on their offense. When they did, it was a simple 8-man take from the base of a scrum that sparked the motion.



In a wet and cold match that should have seen very few passes past first receiver, flyhalf Ryan Marshall skipped a pass to big Dennis Walker who looked like he was going to take on Alamo City all by himself. Just before contact, Walker dished out out to fullback Gareth Gibson who had a 2-on-1 overload with wing Marshall Brown in support. Twenty meters out, Gibson fed Brown into space and Brown rumbled to score in the corner.

Alamo City never waned in the defensive efforts, but when the ball was not in anyone's possession, they seemed hesitant to pick up and go. HURT displayed no qualms about falling on loose ball to secure possession. Better-than-expected ball-handling in less-than-desirable conditions, strong work by the flankers and tight five at the breakdowns, and hard running the 8-man and the midfield that bunched up the defense made up HURT's gameplan and they executed with perfect effort for a solid, 9-try win of 51-3.

Katy Barbarians

Saturday was a busy day for HURT's flyhalf, Ryan Marshall. He had his coaching hat on as the Katy Barbarians youth rugby club played their Blue v Black match in the morning, then he battled Houston traffic (no mean feat) to make it to the HURT v Alamo City match on time.

Marshall was impressed with the depth Katy showed at it's intrasquad scrimmage and stated that starters from last season will be fighting for starting spots this season.

Dallas

The DFW was hit with a bad storm on Friday night and Saturday morning. Thus, the Reds cancelled their scheduled friendlies and the Quins were not able to travel to Austin for a warm-up match against the Huns.

Austin

Without the Quins in attendance, Coach Ferguson split his squad up for an intrasquad scrimmage with National Panel Referee Scott Green managing the festivities.

The Huns travel to New Orleans to face NOLA on Saturday, 17 January.

At Burr Field it was an Austin Blacks field day. The Blacks hosted The Woodlands against their D1 squad, Katy Lions against their D1b squad and Fort Hood Phantoms against their Gold Squad. The Blacks showed their offensive guns with a 71-0 blowout of The Woodlands and a 53-7 run over Katy. Gold played an even match against Fort Hood to win 35-30.

The Blacks travel to Dallas to battle their perennial rivals, the Dallas Harlequins, at Glencoe Park next weekend.


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