The match kicked off at 7:30pm on a beautiful night for rugby, the crowd may have been a little thin, but the excitement filled the air.
The starting line up for this game:
1. Moises, 2. Jibreel, 3. Ethan, 4. Alex Willis, 5. Mohammad, 6. Angel, 7. Savion, 8. Travis, 9. Talhah, 10. Steve Larson, 11. Manny Saldavar, 12. Tristen, 13. Michael, 14. Shivam, 15. Andrew Pallet
16. Will Stuberfield, 17. Alex Wilson, 18. Thomas Nguyen, 19. Pete, 20. Will Spencer, 21. Ola, 22. Brandon, 23. Abdur
The game was played at a pretty high standard and it took the Comets a few minutes to warm up and get things they knew how to do going. For a majority of these guys, it was their first, second or possibly 3rd rugby match ever. So there were quite a few pleasant surprises along the match.
To name some of them and if I happen to not mention a player, it's only because there were so many I can't write the entire match.
1. Our Wings Shivam, Manny, Abdur and Will Spencer all played very well, for Shivam and Abdur it was their tackling that got the coaches attention.
2. Prop Ethan, played lights out rugby, all over the pitch tackling, running with ball in hand and doing a bit of poaching, good game.
3. Talhah playing in his first game as a scrumhalf, not bad, a work in progress.
4. I know Will Stuberfield has talent, but on this night he showed up to play.
Trys were scored by Pete and Will Stuberfield
In the end, since I wasn't keeping official score UNT scored a total of 6 Trys and UT Dallas scored 2 - not a bad showing at all.
This Saturday, the UT Dallas Rugby Club travels to San Antonio to play Trinity University, the schedule states it's supposed to be Texas A&M Central, but they are having problems getting numbers and Trinity has them and are willing to step up and take over the schedule.
I don't know anything about them, except that they are a new club and with that, we cannot sit back and take them lightly. We will continue to practice and fine tune our skills in preparation for this coming weekend. The address to their field is in the "Game Day Directions" of this web site. Kick off is set for 2:00pm and go Comets.