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Friday, February 6, 2015

Jesuit Dallas nips Plano Rugby in Rugby Texas Conference play

Plano (blue) and Jesuit (Pink) prepare to scrum in the Varsity match.
Dallas, TX 
6 February 2015
By Joe Scopelite

Jesuit Dallas Prep hosted Plano Rugby to start conference play for both team on Thursday night at Jesuit Stadium. The hosts came out on top in a closely contested affair. 

Plano attacked inside Jesuit's 22 for most of the first half, but Jesuit's tackling was up to the task. The hosts earned numerous penalties - some directly in front of the posts - but Plano elected to run penalty plays rather than kick for points. Plano finally punched one in and the conversion attempt showed why the visitors deferred kicking for penalty points earlier - Plano does not have a reliable kicker. Halftime found Plano in the lead 5-0. 

Jesuit woke up after the break and started moving the ball. The second half  see-sawed back and forth with a score of 12-all with 10 minutes of game remaining. Jesuit scored and converted with a few minutes left, but Plano could not answer. The end result was Jesuit Dallas Prep 19-12 Plano Rugby.

The strength of both teams is clearly in the forwards with both teams rucking well. Jesuit's edge in this one was tackling. Plano's weakness was kicking for post. Lack of kicking cost the visitors a victory. 

Plano took the JV Match 17-7.
Plano tackling Jesuit in JV action.
Jesuit Dallas now has 3 wins inside of a week, while Plano suffers its second loss.  

Plano next faces the HEB Hurricanes on St. Valentine's Day at Hoblitzelle Park. The Hurricanes are full of enormous athletes from the storied LD Bell & Trinity High Schools. Plano will need every bit of tackling and evasive running skill in their rugby tool box for this match.    

Next up for Jesuit Dallas is Richardson on Monday night, February 9th. Richardson should be tough for Jesuit in preparation. As most remember from last year, Richardson possesses and uses a lot of athletes and will clearly have the edge in speed. Richardson had a young squad last year, losing only one player to graduation, so it's essentially the same squad matured with the experience of last season's state championship tournament. The addition of an experienced senior scrum half may make a difference as well. 

Can Jesuit handle Richardson's fast and unorthodox style of play? It should be an entertaining game.
Plano counterrucks after tackling Jesuit in JV action.

This was Jesuit Dallas' annual Ruck Cancer match. The Rangers raised $5320 to benefit the Micaela's Army Foundation and presented the check between matches

Editor's Note: Special Thanks goes to Dallas Harlequin Joe Scopelite for trekking to Jesuit Dallas for this match and making a match report. Also to Jesuit Dallas for posting match pictures in a timely manner to be used!

If your team has a match report with pictures from a match, please contact me at grant.cole@gmail.com . We love receiving rugby information from around Texas and the TOLA area and publishing it to help get the word out about teams!

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