Baylor started off well against the University of Dallas, we received the opeining kick off and charged straight towards the UD line. We were in there half for the first 15 mins, at the 12th minute Baylor received a penalty from around 25m out. Scrumhalf Ryan took a quick tap, not once, not twice but 3 times, and eventually with a little help from his forward pack he plowed over for the 1st try.
Baylor went to sleep from this point on and did not wake up until around the 60th, during this middle section of the match we allowed Dallas to throw the ball around and disrupt our play. They managed to score a converted try and were in front 7-5. One of our new guys, Sam Riley who was playing wing was given a yellow card for a repeated infringement, luckily we managed to hold on with 14 players for the 10 mins.
Finally in the last 10 mins and with all 15 players we started putting a few phases together. ‘Tex’, our good ole boy from South Padre, playing on the wing got a hold of the ball and with some work to do, he managed to cross in the corner. The conversion was not successful, leaving the scores at 10-7. Obviously this inspired the guys and we put together a great team try, it came from a good line out win, about 22m from UD’s line, we put 3-4 phases together, we had the numbers to the right and eventually with good hands, captain and no.8, Rob de Board, scored right under neath the posts. The try was converted, leaving the score at 17-7.
As we say in rugby ” win is a win”, we were lucky to get out of this match when really Baylor only played 30 mins with their minds in the right place. To all the players, we can not afford to do this against Angelo as the result may not fall in our favour.
We now go on to play San Angelo (who got a forfeit win from SMU) in San Marcos this weekend, March 1st.
Thanks to all the parents, girlfriends and freinds (and even some old boys) who came out to support the guys on the weekend, the support is always appreciated! Hope to see you all this weekend.
Texas Rugby Union Division II Playoffs Details:
San Marcos, TX (TXST-West Campus)
TXST v UNT @ 2pm Saturday
Angelo State v. Baylor @ 4pm Saturday
Championship Match @ 2pm Sunday