Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - Week 4

Plano 8-man take from the scrum as Richardson defends.
Picture courtesy of Sandra Watts.

Richardson 31-18 Plano

Richardson struck first with an unconverted try, but Plano countered quickly. The match steadied into back and forth affair until about 15 minutes into the 2nd half . It looked as if Plano was going to mount a comeback but the Plano #8 made a bad pass that Richardson's 13 intercepted for a converted try. The 2nd Half saw too much injury time, mainly for cramping (both teams). Plano worked through all of their front row players resulting in uncontested scrums for the last 15 minutes. Plano was unable to take advantage of numerous overloads due to pressure placed on the Plano flyhalf by the Richardson halfback duo. Richardson cycled through all of their subs and had only 14 players fielded at the whistle. Richardson's overall team speed proved a deciding factor.

Richardson JV also defeated the Plano JV, 29-15.

Richardson stands pat at #4 in the rankings this week due to previous head-to-head results with Jesuit Dallas, a small PD count, and because mathematically, Richardson is on track to win five conference matches this season. This win over Plano proves that Richardson has the ability to change that dynamic. Next weekend, Richardson has the chance to do just that at Rugby Oklahoma's HS Showdown in Tulsa.

Plano falls 5 places to 13th. They face Alliance in Keller, TX next Saturday.

Strake Jesuit 35-20 St Thomas

While this was a true tale of two halves - all Strake in the first half and all St Thomas in the second - that story does not give justice to  Strake's first victory over St Thomas. St Thomas dominated at scrum time, in the lineout, and at the contact point, but Strake simply remembered and well exploited the three most important words in rugby: Gaps Don't Tackle.

Both teams garnered a bonus point try, which keeps St Thomas in the hunt in the South Conference, if only just barely. Strake faces a touring St Joseph's on Friday in a match the Crusaders are expected to win. St Thomas hosts Jesuit Dallas for the Bishop's Cup on Friday night, then St Joseph's on Sunday morning.

This loss drops St Thomas to 7th in the state rankings and brings Strake up to 9th.
St Thomas counter-rucks as Strake attempts to secure possession.
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Pardee.

CyFair Warriors 24-10 St Pius X

It wasn't a bonus point win, but it was a win enough to keep them in the hunt. For a team that just started last year, CyFair is proving a contender! St Pius owns a LOT of speed out wide, but on the narrow pitches of Rugby Texas, a team needs to be able to power straight ahead. That is something that the CyFair lads do with gusto!

St Pius X drops three to 14th. The Panthers are idle this week. Cy-Fair Warriors claw their way to 10th place and can climb some more with a good result against Memorial HS on Friday night.

St Thomas JV 49-0 Lamar Varsity

Lamar still has a ways to go before becoming a Division One team, But this is their first year and they showed no quit in this shutout. They mind the gaps well around the breakdown. They could do to bunch up less and close the gaps in the midfield more often. St Thomas' JV played a basic plan and did so with organization and discipline.

Lamar moves up one in the rankings, but mainly because HEB cancelled a match with Lake Travis. Lamar's next match is in March against St Thomas, again.
Westlake tackles a Jesuit lock on a breakaway run.
Picture courtesy of Jesuit Rangers Rugby

Westlake 25-5 Jesuit Dallas

Westlake met Jesuit Dallas at Burr Field this Saturday before the Austin Blacks v Dallas Reds match. Both teams are well-drilled, well-coached, and very disciplined, However, the Chaps maintained possession much better than the Rangers and came out with the win in the Varsity and in the JV match.

Westlake maintains first place in the rankings another week and is off next week. Jesuit drops to 3rd and is on the road in Houston for the Bishop's Cup on Friday.

Kingwood All-American Dillon Shotwell sporting
the remnants of battling The Woodlands
Kingwood 22-7 The Woodlands

It was a pleasant day for rugby between these two "neighboring" clubs. The Woodlands have proven they can score tries, but Kingwood wants to show that they can, too. This is Kingwood's second conference match and they have dotted four tries in each. That drives them to the top of the conference in series points.

Kingwood is the second biggest climber this weekend. Up seven places to 5th in the rankings. The Woodlands fall one place to 6th, just barely edging out St Thomas for that spot. The Woodlands are idle this weekend, while travels across Harris County to visit the Katy Barbarians on Friday night.

Rock Rugby 41-0 Allen HS

Rock Rugby has only played two matches so far this year, but they have yet to allow a single point by their opponents. To hear local rugby afficionados tell is, Rock is on par with Westlake and possesses some serious depth. This score tells that tale all to well. Allen is no slouch of a team

This result gives Rock Rugby the biggest jump from 10th to 2nd this week. To maintain that spot, they must win in Lake Travis on Friday night. Never an easy feat. Allen is Idle this week.

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