Sunday, January 18, 2015

Texas Rugby Results - 17 January

Even though a couple of scores show some distance, all three D1 matches were well contested and close affairs. New Orleans out-paced the Huns, but early reports indicate that the Huns held the majority of possession and never got off the gas. The Blacks were expected to display an explosive offense, but the Harlequins played a very tough first half. The Blacks only stepped out in front late in the match. HARC v Griffins was a true back-and-forth affair. HARC has a ton of talent and displayed it, but did not play cohesively throughout the match. The Griffins remained persistent and stuck to their game plan for 80 minutes. They were rewarded with a converted try in the final minute to pull ahead.

The D2 matches display the depth of the clubs. Austin Blacks have some 2nd XV players who would suit up on many D1 1st XV sides and exploited the Quins lack of depth at the moment. While the Huns definitely possess depth, their 2nds could not yet contain the experience of back-to-back championships that NOLA's 2nds possess. The Griffins 2nd XV lacks match experience and it showed against HARC. HARC's 2nds were in the process of running away when the match when it ended prematurely due to a fairly brutal mid-air collision resulting in an ambulance taking a Griffin to local medical help.

San Marcos settled the question of D3 south supremacy this weekend with a close defeat of Corpus Christi. Those teams seem destined to meet Euless and Alliance to determine the Red River championship by the end of this season. DARC, as the reigning RRRC D3 Champion, will definitely have something to say about that and they surely have the depth to survive through. However, Euless and Alliance do seem to concentrate on putting the ball in-goal as many times as possible in 80 minutes and they seem to possess a penchant for doing so. The 2015 RRRC D3 Championship should prove exciting.

Angelo St 29-15 LeTourneau University
Sam Houston 35-5 Lamar University

Men's College Non-Conference
Baylor 32-15 Rice (A-side)
Baylor 37-5  Rice (B-side)

St Thomas hosted Ruggapalooza on Saturday at Granger Stadium. Five schools and two clubs were represented by approximately 210 high school rugby players as they played controlled scrimmages against each other. This tournament is Houston's annual HS Rugby Season kick-off to ensure every player has match experience before the actual season begins.

Schools in attendance: St Thomas (host), Strake Jesuit Prep, Memorial HS, Cy-Fair HS, & Lamar HS
Clubs in attendance: Katy & Kingwood

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