This past weekend, your UT Dallas Men's Rugby Club traveled to UT San Antonio for the Lonestar Conference Playoffs (LSC). This year with 14 clubs in the LSC divided into 2 tiers of 7 clubs, the LSC took the top 5 tier 1 clubs and the top 3, tier 2 clubs attending this 2 day tournament.
The rankings for the tier 1 clubs are: 1. Angelo St. 2. St. Edward's, 3. UTSA, 4. UT Dallas, 5. SFA. The top 3 tier 2 are 1. Tarleton St., 2. Letourneau, 3. Prairie View A&M.
UT Dallas began the day with a rematch against Angelo St. the line up:
1. Caleb, 2. Josh, 3. Ryan, 4. Christopher, 5. Connor, 6. Will, 7. Daniel, 8. Jake, 9. Andrew W., 10. Edmund, 11. Franklin, 12. Andrew D., 13. Nicky, 14. Eric, 15. Zac
Reserves, Brandon, Steven, Seth, Lucas, Not Playing - Brian
UT Dallas came out hard and ready to play, but we were under sized compared to the ASU players. UTD never gave up and fought the good fight, but in the end it was ASU with the victory. The lone bright side to this game, was Daniel taking the ball from and ASU forward and running in for UTD's lone try of the day. The final score ASU 45, UTD 5.
In the second match of the day, pitted UT Dallas against Letourneau (LTU), the line up for this game
1. Caleb, 2. Josh, 3. Brandon, 4. Christopher, 5. Connor, 6. Will, 7. Daniel, 8. Jake, 9. Andrew, 10. Edmund, 11. Franklin, 12. Andrew D, 13. Seth, 14. Eric, 15. Zach
Reserves: Nicky, Seth, Lucas all came in the 2nd half.
In this match, LTU kicked off to UTD, and the ball was spun out to the backs. Andrew Do found a crease in the LTU defense and sprinted 80 yards to score the quickest, first and opening Try in UTD history. Andrew Whiteis made the conversion to take a 7 - 0 lead. On the next kick off, the ball moved with the forwards. They did a great job of securing possession, then off to the backs. Andrew Do found another opening and off he went to score the second Try in the game. Andrew missed the conversion, but UTD had a 12 - 0 lead at the half.
But that would be all the scoring for UTD, Letourneau came out in the 2nd half and scored 26 unanswered points to win the game.
That would pretty much put the story of UT Dallas Rugby season in one weekend of rugby. The lads never gave up, they played their butts off. I know I can speak for Bear, and both of us are extremely proud of how they all came to practice week in and week out. They came to play rugby, and based on what we have and saw. Our future is looking bright, with a number of returning players and the returning players keep recruiting new players. We should have more fun next year.
On the Women's side, they traveled to Denton to play in the 2nd of 3 tournaments. The ladies that went to Denton are Cari, Ashley, Camille, Gisselle, Alyssa, Bayley, Mel, Marie, Elaine.
The girls won the first 2 games against Letourneau and Sam Houston, but lost to UNT and ASU. on the day out of 8 clubs competing. The UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club finished 4 in the competition. I will post all the girls that scored in another blog.
Great going girls, you played very well and I'm very proud of how you go out there and compete. I'd also like to thank Jonathan and Jacey for taking time out of their day to go out and help the girls in that tournament.
The girls have one more tournament (April 2nd) in Huntsville, more info on that as we get closer. The men's season is done, I hope that they continue to grow in the game by going out and joining a Men's club to keep on improving their skills and learning new things from those clubs.
On an unseasonably warm and unusually early February morning, coaches and members of the UT Dallas Rugby Club made their way onto the campus of St. Edward's University. This was the first rugby game played on campus in over 40 years and it was huge not only for St. Edward's Rugby Club but also for college rugby in general.
The players warmed up and prepared mentally for the season finale. The line up:
1. Caleb, 2. Josh, 3. Brandon, 4. Chris, 5. Conner, 6. Will, 7. Daniel, 8. Jake, 9. Andrew, 10. Edmund, 11. Eric, 12. Nicky, 13. Zac, 14. Franklin, 15. Brian
When the referee blew the whistle to begin the game, both sides came out swinging. There were hits and then there was bigger hits. Some by UT Dallas and some by St. Edward's (SEU), but there was a lot of rugby to be played. UT Dallas managed to gain possession a few times during the first half, and a few times threatened to score a couple of Trys, but the St. Edward's defense tightened up and was able to come away with the ball to end our threat.
SEU attacked the UT Dallas defense, we bent and sometimes we bent farther than we thought we could, but we didn't break. SEU didn't find goal until well after 20 minutes into the first half and then again nearly 30 minutes into the half. That would be all the scoring in the first half, with SEU leading 12 to UT Dallas 0.
The second half would be a tale of 2 halves, while we fought harder in the first half, we fought hard in the second half, but it would be the constant onslaught of pressure being put on us from SEU and us missing a number of players to come in and help out. SEU ran in 6 Trys and SEU converted 4 of those for a combined SEU score of 50 to UT Dallas' 0.
All during this 3nd half, UT Dallas Rugby Club players could have easily given up, but they didn't, they fought, they never gave up, they came to play 80 minutes of rugby. And because of this, they were rewarded, Jake intercepted a pass from SEU backs and rumble 22 meters to score UTD's first and only Try of the game, Andrew converted it and then the referee blew the whistle to end the game. Final score SEU 50, UT Dallas 7
The game was a good one and not taking anything away from St. Edward's, but it is hard to swallow if you're UTD because I think we have just as much talent as the top clubs in the Lonestar Conference. I can't pinpoint the reason why and how we're where we are, but we will be preparing for the playoffs, which will be played next weekend (2/27-28/16) on the campus of UTSA.
The schedule has been made and there will be 8 games played on Saturday between 10:30am until 5:00pm and then the final few games to be played on Sunday along with the championship.
More info and a schedule will be posted later this week as the seeds are finally posted and schedule set. I will also post directions and info related to these playoffs later this week.
Well, here it is, the last league season match of the year. We've had some fun times and we've had some kick in the tails kind of days. Now we have St. Edward's as our last hurdle of the year, but what's different about this game, is St. Edward's will be hosting their first rugby match on the campus of St. Edward's, kick off is set for 11:00am. The match will be played on or in the St. Edward's Soccer Stadium. The address and directions will be posted in the Venue Directions section of this web site.
As far as St. Edward's goes, our past hasn't been good for us, in some lop sided scored, but every club can be any club on any given day. Our guys have been practicing and I think they may be ready to take SEU on.
Your UT Dallas Rugby Club has already made the playoffs, just who we'll play and when is still to be determined and when I know more, I'll pass on that info. The playoffs will be played in San Antonio at UTSA. More on that later.
Yesterday (2/6) your UT Dallas Rugby Club traveled to Longview to take on Letourneau (LTU) in a friendly match. Since LTU joined the Lonestar Conference (LSC) we have played them in league play and while we got the best of them the first couple of years. They had been steadily improving and last year they beat us for the first time, we were able to get a win back against them later in the season. But those were league matches and this year the LSC has grown so much that we 2 tiers or divisions. UTD is in tier 1 and LTU is in tier 2 and while UTD has moved up the ranks from 6th place out of 7 clubs to currently 4th place. LTU has been at the top of tier 2 and taking care of business.
Back to the game, LTU had decided to run the first half with a lot of their players that don't get much opportunity to get playing time, and I decided to do exactly that as well. So below is our starting line up
1. Caleb, 2. Josh, 3. Brandon, 4. Chris, 5. Conner, 6. Will, 7. Bryan, 8. Daniel, 9. Lucas, 10. Andrew, 11. Talhah, 12. Nicky,13. Seth, 14. Franklin, 15. Zac
Coming in the second half -
Andrew moves to Scrumhalf, Brian in at Flyhalf, Eric in at Wing, Daniel moves to Flanker, Jake in at #8 and Myles at Hooker, Steven in at Outside Center.
The first half was furious with both clubs running and attacking, it was a very entertaining half, and it was UT Dallas to score first. Andrew Whiteis scored on a quick penalty tap to weave in and out between the LTU defense to ground the ball, we missed the conversion and took a 5 to 0 lead. But LTU was fired up and came back to score 12 points in the first half to take a 12 to 5 lead.
The second half resumed with both clubs putting in their first sides and the excitement continued. UT Dallas forwards were very impressive in their play and the backs made things happen. And like the first half, this half was very entertaining for fans to watch. Both clubs moved the ball all over the pitch and both clubs defended well and stole ball away from each other for their side to counter attack.
In the second half, it was our forwards that lead the pace on our scoring. Caleb scored his first Try of the season, but LTU came back to score a Try of their own. With about 10 minutes remaining in the match Daniel scored the second Try of the half and Brian Martinez converted not only Caleb's Try but Daniel's as well to tie the match at 19 points each. But LTU wasn't done, with a well placed kick and inexperienced players at wing and full back, we fumbled the ball back to LTU and they scored and converted the match winning Try with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Final score LTU 24, UT Dallas 19.
The lads played very good against a slightly bigger side and we know that things are beginning to fall into place for our run at the playoffs at the end of this month. Next weekend, we have a bye and will be attending the USA Eagles v Canada match in Austin. Our final league match will be played again in Austin against St. Edward's University on Feb. 20th. More on that later, but the bye weekend gives us time to work on our game, heal get ready for that very important match leading up to the playoffs.
Yesterday, on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon, your UT Dallas Men took on cross town rival SMU. The match kicked off at 4:05 and both sides was on. Defending each others goal line was paramount and SMU was the team hitting big, while UT Dallas was hitting and tackling all over.
By the time the first half was over, SMU had knocked out 2 of our starting XV and our first reserve.
The line up:
1. Caleb, 2. Myles, 3. Brandon, 4. Chris L., 5. Chris D., 6. Greyson, 7. Daniel, 8. Jake, 9. Alex, 10. Andrew W., 11. Eric, 12. Andrew D., 13. Nicky, 14. Steven, 15. Zac
Reserves into the game - Manny, Conner, Seth, Bryan, Ryan, Edmund
The match had all the intensity of a championship match, SMU was playing for their first win of the season and also to try and maintain to dominance they had created last year. While UT Dallas was playing for our 2nd win of the year and get back the advantage that the earlier UTD teams had over SMU.
It was UT Dallas to draw first blood on the scoreboard, Alex kicked a penalty kick to give us a 3 to 0 lead, but on the next kick off, SMU played a bouncing ball deep into our territory and grounded their first converted try of the game. Now the score SMU 7, UT Dallas 3. This would be all the scoring in the first half.
The second half had UT Dallas going into a rather stiff wind, which meant any kicks needed to be low and hard. But the wind didn't stop them, this half UT Dallas had a sense or urgency in their pick and goes. The forwards did a much better job at rucking and maintaining possession.
During the 2nd half, a scrum was at the SMU 5 meter line, # 8 Jake picked up the ball from the back of the scrum and rumble into goal for the first try of the day and the lead. UT Dallas 8, SMU 7. And again that lead wouldn't last long, SMU would come back and convert another try to regain the lead. SMU 14, UT Dallas 8. All of these scores were done in the first 10 minutes of the second half and it would remain like this for another 15 minutes.
With about 15 minutes remaining in the match, UT Dallas played great and made some good lines in the attack and quick rucks, UT Dallas found the goal line and the conversion was needed to take the lead and it was Andrew Whiteis who nailed the conversion. Which gave UT Dallas a 15 to 14 lead, but SMU had other plans, they stepped up their game and with about 10 minutes remaining. SMU found themselves down a player, due to a yellow card and that was about all that UT Dallas needed.
We maintained possession of the ball with good rucks, and well timed passing in the backs. It was a good team victory over SMU yesterday. We have slowly moved up from the bottom of the pack to become a competitive team.
The girls report will come later this week, after I get a report on the games from yesterday. Pictures of their tournament will be posted later as well.
This weekend, your UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club travels to San Antonio to play in the first of three 7's Tournaments being put on by the Lonestar Women's Conference. The ladies first match is at 10:20am against UTSA and the ladies will play 3 more games throughout the day. The tournament will be held at UTSA.
This past Saturday, your UT Dallas Rugby Club kicked off the 2016 year and spring with a match against the University of Dallas (UD).
The line up:
1. Ryan, 2. Myles, 3. Brandon, 4. Chris, 5. Conner, 6. Precious, 7. Daniel, 8. Jake, 9. Alex, 10. Andrew W. 11. Zac, 12. Andrew D., 13. Edmund, 14. Octavio, 15. Brian
Reserves: Bryan H, Greyson, Franklin, Seth, Manny, Josh
The match kicked off at 2:00pm and it was UT Dallas on the attack, the green and orange hit UD and kept hitting them. Forcing UD deep into their own territory, and it was then that Daniel stole possession from UD and rumbled down the shortened field to cross the goal line, giving UTD their first Try of the game, the year and the first time we've ever scored first. But UD wasn't going to lay down for us, they fought back to score 2 Trys and convert one of them, to take a 12 to 5 lead. But UTD wasn't done either, off of a break and off load from Andrew D., Edmund side stepped and ran his way under the post to score the 2nd try of the half and Brian converted it to tie the game in the closing minutes of the first half. Now the score at the half UT Dallas 12, UD 12.
The second half began like the first half ended, UT Dallas on the move, when things went our way. Zac with ball in hand sprinted 30 yards into goal to score the first try of the second half and UT Dallas wasn't done scoring after that. Daniel scored another Try. Octavio scored probably the most spectacular Try of the day, catching a deep kick from UD, Octavio caught the ball made a couple of UD players miss him and ran about 60 yards to score our 5th Try of the game. Brian was able to convert that Try to give UT Dallas a 29 to 12 lead. UD fought hard and was able to put one more converted Try on the board, to finish the match. The final score UT Dallas 29, UD 19.
The lads played a complete game from beginning to end and we're hoping to continue that this coming weekend when cross town rival SMU comes to Richardson for our 2nd league match of 2016.
Both schools have struggled finishing games from the fall portion of the season, but like the years past, SMU always picks up their levels when it comes to a match between the two clubs.
Happy New Year everyone, the holidays have come and gone, classes have again resumed and with that, rugby practice has begun.
With the new year, means new games, old teams to play against and hopefully a new and different outcome from the fall season or last year.
This coming Saturday (1/23/16), your UT Dallas Men's Rugby Club travels to Irving to take on the University of Dallas (UD). UD has been a power club in Texas in the past and have begun to flex their muscle, but UD Texas needs to flex their own muscle to get back in the win column. Something that has alluded us this school year.
We had a real good practice the other night and with a couple of new players we'll be adding to our roster. I think we have the core of a real good team.
The kick off for the UD match is 2:00pm and the directions are listed in the "Venue Directions" of this web site.
On behalf of the coaching staff, all the players of UT Dallas Rugby, we'd like to say Happy Holidays to everyone who follows UT Dallas Rugby, the guys and girls have worked hard this past fall to learn the game. During that period they did suffer their bumps and bruises, but that's part of the game.
The ladies performed especially well playing 10's rugby (and having 14 players active on their roster) and if they continue to recruit like they have been. Next fall we might be able to begin playing 15's rugby, which has been our goal for a long time.
The guys have played well during this past fall season, with having a majority of newbies out on the pitch and everyone learning the game, basically baptism under fire. It's been a challenge for us as coaches, but more for them because they're on the pitch experiencing it first hand.
Christmas so far has been good to us at UT Dallas Rugby, last year we had 2 players (Daniel and Precious) make the Lonestar Conference All Star Select Side team and traveled to the Caymen Islands. This coming March, 2 players have been invited to the 2nd Lonestar Conference All Star Try outs, Daniel, who'll possibly make his second all star team and Andrew Do, who tried out for the first time. Both have been invited to this select try outs in March. Good luck to both of them in trying to make the team to go to Canada next summer.
We have a lot of things planned for the spring (when class resumes) and our schedule will be posted soon. I will get that full schedule to John Bradshaw, who has graciously volunteered to enter it onto this web site.
I've been emailed by SFA about the match this weekend vs SFA.
Kick off is scheduled for 2:00pm and I have posted the directions to SFA in the Directions portion of this web site.
We're looking forward to a very good match against a slightly bigger side, so we'll have to bring everything we have to get a victory.
See you all in Nacogdoches, oh it's about a 3 hour drive from Richardson (no stops or traffic), so be prepared.