Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - Week 2

Referee Randy Campbell has the Jesuit Dallas v Richardson HS scrum together on Monday Night
Jesuit Dallas Prep 18-7 Richardson HS & 19-12 Plano Rugby

In the second week of competition, the Rangers of Jesuit Dallas are the top story, again. Did they win big? No. But coach Matta's charges did win two tough matches in five days' time. On Thursday night, Plano visited Jesuit Dallas to gain a bonus point for a close match as the Rangers nipped them 19-12. On Monday night, Richardson HS came knocking on Jesuit's door.

Richardson struck first with a converted try and looked to have the Rangers on the backfoot. The remainder of the match was a back and forth affair. Richardson's penalty count made the difference for Jesuit. Two penalty kicks and an unconverted try gave the Rangers a halftime lead of 11-7. Second half tackling and running was dealt hard by both squads. Jesuit played with a tad more control to convert another try to end the match at 18-7.

Jesuit sits at the top of the North/Central Conference with 8 series points and defends that spot against the Alliance Black Knights in Keller, TX on Thursday night. The Rangers also climb a spot with these two wins to a third place in the state rankings.
The Woodlands goes for the steal of St Thomas' throw-in.

Westlake HS 60-12 Allen HS 

Westlake may have graduated 23 from last season's State Championship team, but Jason Spodick has some horses waiting in the wings. Coach Kelly Meeks took his Allen Eagles to visit the Chaps and were dealt a harsh blow with a 60-12 defeat by Westlake.

Westlake stays at number one in the state rankings despite dropping to number two in the conference standings because the strength of this win gives them a higher number of expected wins than Jesuit. Allen drops one in the rankings to seventh and is fourth in conference standings. Westlake faces their rivals Lake Travis on Thursday for what should be one of the matches of the season in the North Central Conference.
Ball's Out!

The Woodlands 48-33 St Thomas

Granger Stadium in Houston was the set of a sprint-fest on Friday night. Both teams showed equal danger in the backline hands and in the scrums and lineouts. The Woodlands maintained more discipline at the breakdown and tackle, though. On four different occasions the gentlemen in green quick-tapped on penalties to run in for points. The Eagles answered back, but it was not enough.

The Woodlands jump three spots to the eighth ranking and earned the number one spot in the South Conference standings this week. St Thomas drops down to sixth in the rankings and a bonus Point for four tries places the Eagles at fourth in conference standings. The Woodlands have a bye next week, while St Thomas looks to redeem themselves against Memorial on Friday night.

Rock Rugby 30-0 HEB Hurricanes

Rock Rugby seemed to remember last season's demolition at the hands of the Hurricanes and decided the same would not occur. The Round Rock boys put the spurs to their horses for a bonus point win over a hard-running, hard-hitting HEB squad. Rock Rugby climbs two spot to 10th in the rankings. The Hurricanes take the plunge to 16th. Rock Rugby has a bye week. the Hurricanes take on Plano on Valentine's Day.
It takes more than one Ranger to bring down Richardson's BIG Flanker!

St Pius X 58-0 Lamar HS

St Pius X shellacked Lamar HS at Panthers' Stadium on Friday night. This is the second time these teams have played each other. Reports have the Panthers as very fast and disciplined. Lamar is playing with much spirit, but learned in this match that size is not the key factor in rugby. Expect the D2 Chiefs to bounce back in their next match for a different result.

St Pius X lands at 12th with this win, while Lamar holds steady at 17th. St Pius X is scheduled to play Corpus Christi next week, but Corpus has not confirmed that it has CIPP'd. yet. Lamar travels cross-town to play Kingwood.

Kingwood 20-13 Strake Jesuit

Kingwood reached in-goal four times unconverted on their way to a bonus point win over Strake (also receiving a bonus point for the close loss). Kingwood's HSAA Prop Dillon Shotwell was responsible for two of those tries. Strake's Coach Rice runs a tight defense and though the Crusaders may be outsized sometimes, they are fierce and sure at the contact point.

Kingwood climbs three spots to 13th and is idle plays Lamar HS next week. Strake holds at 14th.

Rankings look at W-L, Points Differential, Pythagorean Expectation, & strength of schedule.
Few squads played early season matches. Most played controlled scrimmages.


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