Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - Week 3

Cy Fair HS Warriors Rugby after their 15-10 victory over Katy

Cy Fair HS 15-10 Katy Barbarians

Katy has shown to be a tough team this year, but up-and-coming Cy Fair bested them at the Arnold Middle School football field in Cypress, TX on Friday night. CyFair HS is a very populous school with plenty of athletes and some solid coaching, so they are expected to provide an upset or few. Katy certainly did not expect such a stiff defense from the Bobcats Warriors when they drove across county. The Barbarians spent most of the second half inside Bobcat territory, but forced and unforced errors allowed the CyFair defense to work effectively at preventing points.

Katy should have won this match and will move down four places to 6th for the loss. CyFair makes out well enough with a bu,p from 18th to 15th. A couple more wins like this and CyFair should move up even more.

Katy has a bye this week. CyFair hosts a surging St Pius X HS on Friday. The Panthers have four non-conference wins under their belts and are looking better than ever. This will be a stiff test of the Warriors' resolve.

Westlake 7-5 Lake Travis

The Chaps and Cavaliers are serious rivals. On Thursday night, it was no different. One source (who's son plays rugby professionally) stated that it was "One of the best high school games I have seen." Both teams have spent plenty of time at the top of the standings in Rugby Texas. Both teams possess multiple, well-pedigreed coaches and better-than-normal school support. Nothing less than a supreme defensive effort and a close score was expected.

Neither team moves in the rankings this week. Westlake's win is enough to keep them on top and Lake Travis's VERY close loss holds them steady at number nine.

Lake Travis plays host for a troubled and troubling HEB Hurricanes this week. Westlake and Jesuit Dallas face off for a battle that will decide the number one in next week's rankings!

Jesuit Dallas Prep 52-7 Alliance Black Knights

The Rangers have yet to meet a team they cannot best. This week they ran through the gaps to correct several errors form the close matches of the past week. The Black Knights' defense proved a sieve as the Rangers poured on the tries Thursday night. Alliance finds themselves in an unfamiliar low place in both rankings and standings early on this season, suggesting that this may be a rebuilding year for the Black Knights.

Alliance moves down in the rankings with this loss and a second loss on the weekend to touring St Pius X.  Jesuit Dallas earned a 2nd place in the rankings, pitting them for a face-off with Westlake later this week!
St Thomas' BIG #8 Josh Payne powers through Memorial's defense for one of his three tries on the night.
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Pardee.

St Thomas 45-26 Memorial

A high-scoring loss last week smarted with a St Thomas team that knows it should have played better. Memorial knew that St Thomas' weakness last week was defending the quick-tap penalty. St Thomas knew that, too. It was something that they obviously worked on this week, because the Eagles stiffened their defense at the quick-tap this week.

Memorial uses forwards in pods to bang at the post and their forwards are sizable. St Thomas has sizable forwards, too and they set up a white wall around the breakdown on Friday night to prevent the Mustangs from breaking that line. The Eagles were not without their faults on the day, though. Their forwards would often ruck over the ball in a line. This made for several beautiful clean-outs and secure ball for the scrumhalf, but too often these same forwards could have picked to go when there was no defense set, yet.

Memorial drops a couple of places with this loss. The Mustangs have a bye this week. St Thomas redeems themselves with a strong win and gain third for the effort. The Eagles have a full week with their JV teams playing D2 Lamar on Thursday and their Varsity visiting Strake Jesuit on Friday.

Plano Rugby 23-15 HEB Hurricanes

Plano does not move up this week because they defeated an HEB Hurricanes team that played hard and close after losing two players to very early Red Cards and one to an early Yellow. If an opponent has 12 players on the pitch for 10 minutes, then 13 for the next 55 minutes, then the score should be much higher than this. Plano holds steady at number eight this week and HEB moves down to 17.

HEB travels to face a strong Lake Travis on Friday night. Plano hosts a tough and fast Richardson on Thursday night.
STHS Eagle forward Griffin Maat on the charge with Payton Pardee in close support.
St Pius X 34-24 Alliance Black Knights

After a Thursday night loss to Jesuit, a slightly depleted Alliance turned around to host touring St Pius X HS from Houston on Saturday. The Panthers continued their winning ways notching a fourth non-conference win this season. This bumps them up 11th place in the rankings. The Panthers have continued to climb but not steeply because they have yet to play full-strength squads.

That changes this week as St Pius X makes a short jaunt up to the Arnold Middle School field to face CyFair. This should be a fair battle and, if you are in the Cypress, TX area, one that you don't want to miss.

Kingwood JV 45-5 Lamar HS

Lamar is looking to get reps in and Kingwood JV was much obliged, albeit, a tad tough on the newcomers. Lamar HS is the result of a few years of rugby at Lanier Middle School which feeds Lamar. So these rugby players are not unaccustomed to the sport at all, just in their first year and still finding their feet.

Kingwood moves up a notch because of Memorial's loss. Kingwood hosts the Woodlands this Saturday in a important match for Rugby Texas' South Conference. Lamar faces St Thomas' JV squads on Thursday night.

Rugby Texas maintains OFFICIAL STANDINGS that determine which teams lead in their respective conference. 
This Is Texas Rugby presents these rankings as an unofficial look at how the Rugby Texas teams are doing as a whole. We consider moves up and down the rankings based on W-L, quality and quantity of non-conference opposition (if any), strength of wins, measure overall consistency using a Pythagorean Expectation formula, and disciplinary issues. 

STHS Eagles' White Wall stopping a Mustang ball carrier.

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