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Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - Week 1

Brother Martin commits two to tackle St Thomas' big prop
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Pardee
Jesuit Dallas 22-7 Strake & 52-0 Memorial

Rugby Texas had all but three conference teams playing some sort of match this weekend. Most impressive on the weekend was Jesuit Dallas on the road to play two full Varsity and JV matches in less than 24 hours. They won both matches handily even with five senior starters staying in Dallas for a mandatory school retreat. The weekend was made more special as the win over Memorial marked the 200th victory notched by Jesuit Dallas Head Coach Anthony Mattachione. Winning big on the road with starters missing prove that Jesuit Dallas is a force to be reckoned with this season. Thus the Rangers move up six positions to fourth! Jesuit hosts Plano on Thursday evening.

Westlake 56-0 The Woodlands

Both programs graduated many starters last season. Westlake had more depth overall, though. The Woodlands have run several age-grades of rugby for years. At some point that youth needs to grow up, mature in the sport, and make themselves known as a force in Rugby Texas. Westlake is simply kitting up some serious athletes and that is exactly what they did on Saturday. Westlake made a statement against a Woodlands team that is not exactly lacking this year. For that reason, the Chaps maintain the Number One ranking this week, while The Woodlands drops five places to 8th.

The Woodlands play a soul-searching derby at St Thomas on Friday night. Westlake hosts a tough Allen team on Saturday.

Katy

The Katy Barbarian freshmen played a few periods in Granger Stadium against Lamar Varsity and St Thomas' JV. Katy Varsity was originally scheduled to travel to Corpus Christi, but the CC squad was not CIPP'd. Still, Katy's freshmen played well and included some players who have been playing rugby in the Katy system since U8s. That's impressive club rugby. Katy stays put at 2nd this week, but don't have a match until Feb 13th.
Jesuit Dallas nabs a line out against Memorial at Tully Stadium

Richardson 65-5 Kingwood

Pitting two HSAA Props against each other probably made for some great scrummaging in this match. However, Richardson seems to have maintained much of the speed that they displayed at RT State Championships last season.  Kingwood just could not make the tries happen on the day and Richardson felt inclined to make up for that inability on the day. Richardson moves up one to 3rd place and Kingwood moves down on to 16th.

Richardson next faces a test in Jesuit Dallas in Monday night clash on February 9th. Kingwood is idle next weekend.

St Thomas 75-7 Brother Martin (NOLA)

Brother Martin took a tour of the Bayou City this weekend and limped home to the Crescent City. St Thomas really took advantage of the disorganized visitors. This was a much needed turn-around for the Eagles from last week at Strake. For such a strident win, St Thomas jumps three spots to 5th this week. St Thomas hosts a derby with The Woodlands on Friday night.
St Thomas making the tackle against Brother Martin

Allen 31-10 Alliance

The first North/Central Conference match of the year resulted in a solid three try spread by Allen. Both programs have strong roots in Oklahoma University Rugby - Coaches Doug Neubauer (Alliance) and Kelly Meeks (Allen) were celebrated standouts many years ago. This was an away match for Allen and a derby day for Alliance at Keller's Bear Creek Park. For such a solid win, Allen receives a 3-spot jolt to 6th and Alliance only drops one spot to 15th. Alliance is idle and Allen travels to Austin on Saturday to face defending state champion, Westlake.

Rock Rugby 24-12 CyFair HS

Rock Rugby is a combination of players in the Round Rock ISD that plays at Stony Point HS. CyFair is in it's sophomore year of play. Both teams have SOLID coaching staffs, so much is expected at some point. Rock pulled out a solid win in what was described as an intensely defensive battle. This win earns Rock Rugby a spot at 12th and pushes CyFair to 18th.
Jesuit Dallas dives for the try with Referee Doug Corrigan in close attendance.

St Pius X 57-12 Brother Martin

St Pius is the dark horse in the South Conference this year. They've got size. They've got speed. Head Coach Lowell Locke has finally put together the team he has visualized for years. Unlike previous years, South Conference teams cannot take St Pius for granted anymore. Two solid wins in a row in preseason see the Crusaders gain three spots to land in 13th. They're next match hosting new kids on the block, Lamar HS.

Lamar HS

Lamar finds themselves in 17th this week after single period wins over Katy Freshmen and STHS JV. Lamar has some impressive, but young athletes. Coach Spencer Wheat has a crop of rugby sponges on his hands. Once he gets these kids running straight and attacking the space AROUND their defenders - instead of running laterally or taking on their defenders head-on - these young men will be a force to be reckoned with. Gaps Don't Tackle, gents!


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