Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Rugby Texas Boys Rankings - 30 March

Katy races  away from a persistent St Thomas pursuit.
Picture courtesy of Robert Rogers
With all the matches played last weekend, the Conference Standings did not change a bit. But, there were some matches that changed the rankings a bit!

As we're past the halfway point now, seedings for Cup, Plate & Bowl competitions at the Rugby Texas Championship weekend are beginning to take shape! Some teams think they can knock the Chapparals' juggernaut off its pedestal. Others are just happy to be in the hunt.

Coaches, thanks for the emails and messages about the rankings. You protect your team and keep me sharp. Your input is valuable!

St Thomas 21-15 Katy

This was a true battle in the South Conference and the score was just as close as expected. Peter Scamardo's description of the match gives us a glimpse of just how close it really was. The Eagles have been on a roll lately, but they should be playing better than this. On paper, they are good, but just not good enough to get a bump this week. They hang steady at #8 in the rankings. Katy has a team of studs and put on a defensive show. But this was a match Katy could have won and they know it. The Barbarians fall one place to #10.

Katy host Strake Jesuit on Wednesday night. St Thomas hosts St Pius X on Thursday night.
St Thomas' Payton Pardee tries to find a seam through the Katy Defense.
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Pardee
Lake Travis 20-5 Jesuit Dallas

What a slobberknocker! Lake Travis proved that they are a real contender by downing JD in Dallas. Jesuit had a great Spring Break tour to Nashville, but the experience was not enough to see them past the Cavaliers. Lake Travis is on pace to win the rest of their conference matches, but Richardson may have something to say about that when they visit Austin on Friday night. Jesuit has the next week off. Lake Travis holds firm at #2 in the rankings. Jesuit falls 2 spots to #7.

Richardson HS 44-29 Allen Eagles

Richardson  definitely showed their offensive prowess against Allen. Allen is still struggling to notch a second win, but they did grab a four-try bonus point. For this effort, Richardson moves up one to #5 and Allen down one spot. As stated before, Richardson faces HEB on Tuesday night and travels to Austin this week for a showdown with Lake Travis. Allen makes a trip across town to play Plano on Friday night.
HEB Hurricanes strike a pose after a hard fought win.
HEB Hurricanes 28-0 Alliance Black Knights

From the videos that HEB posted to Facebook this weekend, you gotta wonder "Where has this team BEEN all year?" This is a big, physical team with a kicker that knows his business. They made Alliance look hapless at moments and that is not something I say lightly. HEB travels to Richardson on Tuesday night, and Alliance travels to Austin to meet with powerhouse Westlake on Saturday. HEB gets to bump up three for this strong win, while Alliance falls one spot.
Plano Rugby 26-24 Rock Rugby

This was the upset of the week and it all came down to conversion points made and not made. Rock Rugby has played strong in every match, even the one's they've lost and this was no different. Plano has been a bit up and down, but simply are not putting as many points on the board as their opponents are. Plano rises up three spots to #11 for the win, while Rock falls one spot for the close loss with four try bonus points.

Rock is idle next weekend, but Plano hosts Allen.

Cy-Fair Warriors 70-27 Strake Jesuit Prep

Cy-Fair has enjoyed a great sophomore year in the South Conference and Friday night was no different for the Warriors. Strake had a great game against an unorganized St Thomas, but has been a bit lackluster since then. Cy-Fair certainly showed they knew how to find in-goal in this match. The Warriors move up a spot and Strake down one. Strake travels out to Katy for a Wednesday night match while Cy-Fair takes the weekend off.
Woodlands ball carrier powering ahead in a Memorial tackle.
The Woodlands 39-17 Memorial HS

The Woodlands continues to charge on at the top of the South Conference with a dominant win over Memorial. We've said it before that Memorial had a tough go of it graduating so many last year. The Woodlands certainly put the Mustangs on the run. The Woodlands finds themselves in 3rd place with a week off in front of them. Memorial drops one spot and hosts Kingwood on Friday night.

Kingwood Mustangs 29-5 St Pius X HS

Solid, four-try performance from Kingwood this weekend against St Pius. This is exactly what is expected of them. St Pius is still struggling through a tough year with their only win coming against Strake. Kingwood moves up one and travels across town to visit Memorial Friday night. St Pius X moves down one spot and drives down Shepherd Drive to face St Thomas on Thursday.

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