Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - 23 March

Katy & Woodlands JV Captains show each
other respect in front of Texas Rugby's
legendary referee, Rich Prim
It was a slow week in Rugby Texas this week as most teams were on or had just returned from Spring Break. Those that did play had to run between the raindrops. Richardson HS v HEB Hurricanes was cancelled due to weather, but the Austin & Houston area matches were a go in drenching rain! Two HS teams from Canada toured through Texas - St. Maximillian of Kolbe and St Theresa's of Ontario - to play Rock Rugby, Lake Travis, and Strake Jesuit. St Thomas HS traveled to Washington DC & Philadelphia where they played nationally-ranked teams Gonzaga HS (DC) & St Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia).

The previous weekend Jesuit Dallas won their own tournament, the Katy Barbarians went 2-1 and Strake Jesuit went 1-2. Richardson traveled to Norman, OK to play Tulsa Union. Richardson put plenty of tries on the board, but were bested 34-22.

Katy's Lesedi Manthata looks to pass to John Paul, Jr.
Pictures courtesy of Robert Rogers
The Woodlands 26-0 Katy Barbarians

Wet conditions doesn't stop rugby on turf fields. Katy and The Woodlands slogged it out for the right to sit in the South Conference top spot. Katy's offense was ready to fire, but the Woodlands' defense smothered the attempts and made way for a four try Mean Green shutout. This win sees The Woodlands jump 2 places to 4th in the rankings. But, by the numbers, The Woodlands just barely edges Jesuit Dallas for that spot. Katy drops to 9th.

Katy hosts St Thomas Friday night in what is sure to be a barnburner of a match. Saturday, The Woodlands hosts Memorial HS to defend their first spot in the South conference standings.
Referee Tim Wilks see the Jesuit Dallas & Rock Rugby scrum together.
Rock Rugby 26-7 Jesuit Dallas

If it was wet in The Woodlands, it came a gully-washer in Round Rock! Jesuit Dallas fresh off a solid tournament win in Dallas traveled down to Round Rock, TX to decide 3rd place in the North Central Conference. Rock Rugby was more than prepared for Jesuit's game and put on a four try display of rugby in the less-than-stellar conditions. Rock's win sees a trade in rankings for these teams as Rock moves from 5th to 3rd.

Next weekend Jesuit Dallas faces a stiff test as they host a surging Lake Travis HS, whilc Rock Rugby travels to Plano.
Jesuit Dallas secures a ruck against Rock Rugby.
St Thomas 24-7 #2 Gonzaga HS (DC)
St Thomas 31-24 #23 St Joseph's Prep

St Thomas toured as well as they've ever toured for their annual Spring Break trip. The initial downing of Gonzaga turned some heads. The Eagles then were treated to a tour of the Washington Redskins facilities. the end of their tour featured a rematch between St Thomas and St Joe's. Just a few weeks ago the Philly boys wrecked it in Texas, but they just could not hold off the Eagles when they soared. St Thomas moves up to one spot to 8th. With such strong touring wins, we would normally move a team up more than that, but the Eagles have been up and down this season. One of the measures in our rankings is consistency.
St Joe's has the ball out & Eagle Payton Pardee has a target!

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