Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - 12 March

Jesuit Dallas cleans out a ruck at Nash Bash 2015
Lake Travis HS Cavaliers 78-0 Alliance Black Knights

Lake Travis is our biggest mover this week with a decisive shutout of Alliance. This move puts them in 2nd place in the North/Central Conference standings. Since their loss to rival Westlake, Lake Travis has been on a force march to prove that close loss was no fluke. After this week, Lake Travis takes a couple of weeks off.

Jesuit Dallas 1-2 at Nash Bash 2015

The Jesuit Rangers traveled to Nashville for a tournament that was troubled by weather, but eventually got underway. The Rangers started off the tourney on Saturday afternoon with a loss to Ravenwood. After team mass on Sunday morning, they downed Chiefs RFC to bring their record even. An over-sized South Doyle sent Jesuit home with a 1-2 record for the tourney. Jesuit moves down a few spots but can make up for that with a solid showing at their own tournament this weekend.

Westlake HS Chapparals 29-5 HEB Hurricanes(Sat)
Westlake HS Chapparals 34-21 Rock Rugby (Thurs)

Westlake faced a tough test on Saturday as they traveled to LD Bell HS in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford community to face the HEB Hurricanes. They also faced Rock Rugby in the only Rugby Texas Conference match during the Spring Break. Westlake notched their 4th and 5th wins with these two matches. The Chaps have posted the strongest season of any team in either conference. It is difficult to dispute their consistent seat in the rankings.

Westlake is on a break from match play until April 4th.
Katy's inside center Jason Paul, Jr. explodes through the Panthers' gap.
Paul has scored in every Katy match this season.

Picture courtesy of Robert Rogers.
Katy Barbarians 37-14 St Pius X

The Katy Barbarians made a solid trip across town last weekend to defeat St Pius X at Panther Stadium. The Barbarians' single loss to Cy-Fair and lack of early conference matches has really hurt them in Conference standings, but they possess the best Point Differential of any South team. Given performance in preseason and depth of their squad, Katy is expected to finish the season 1st or 2nd in the South conference, thus their ascendency in the rankings this week. Katy faces a real test of depth and skill this weekend in Dallas at the Jesuit Showdown tournament.

The Woodlands 29-14 Cy-Fair Warriors

The Cy-Fair Warriors had enjoyed three straight wins before they met The Woodlands this weekend. The Warriors improved their kicking game but let down their defense too many times to continue their streak over a well-drilled Woodlands squad. This is only the second bonus point win for the Woodlands this season. They host Katy on March 21st in what should be a BIG day of much rugby at Alden Bridge Sports Park.

Cy-Fair and The Woodlands remain in their previous rankings after this week's match.
Cy-Fair (stripes) trying to stop The Woodlands' big #8 on attack.
St Thomas HS Eagles 29-22 Kingwood Mustangs

STHS writer Peter Scamardo has already written about this match-up. To say that it was a doozy is much understatement. Both squads showed flashes of brilliance. We do question Kingwood playing their HSAA Prop, Dillon Shotwell, out of position at #7 in this match. We've seen Shotwell play before and he can really turn a match on its ear. Shotwell had moments where he was a force, but he seemed a bit out of place too many times. St Thomas has a beast of a front row that love to pick and jam at the breakdowns. All three are hard to stop. With a playmaker like Payton Pardee and a workhorse like Griffin Maat supporting these fellows at the breakdowns, the Eagles are more than a handful in the rucks and mauls.

St Thomas and Kingwood trade places in the rankings this week. St Thomas left today for their Spring Break tour. Kingwood hosts St Pius X at the end of the month.
Kingwood's Dillon Shotwell receives due attention from St Thomas as he rumbles ahead on attack.
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Pardee
Memorial HS Mustangs 22-10 Strake Jesuit Prep Crusaders

The third conference match was a charm for a rebuilding Memorial squad this season as they dotted down for a bonus point against Strake Jesuit at home. This much needed win moves the Mustangs up four places in the rankings and drops Strake one place. Both teams have some time to heal up and will need it. Strake hosts Cy-Fair on the 27th while Memorial travels to The Woodlands on the 28th.

St Thomas JV 31-30 Lamar HS (D2)

Lamar put plenty of points on the board, but left 12 points hanging when they played St Thomas JV last night. Lamar has come a LONG way in only a few weeks. If they can get a kicking game on par, they might squeak by an opponent before the end of the season.

Houston-area EIRA Camp attendees and coaches endured the cold rain last Sunday at Arnold MS in Cypress
With only tours and tournaments being played this weekend, the rankings will take a week off. We will return on March 23rd, though!

Editor's Note: Apologies for the late post this week. Oh how I wish this was my full-time job and it paid a living wage!

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