Rugby Takes State Championship

Rams defeat St. Edwards after three year championship feud

By Sam Fowler
On March 10, 2016

   Ram Rugby defeated St. Edwards University 74-53 on Feb. 28 in San Antonio to claim the state rugby championship.After defeating the University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Texas-San Antonio, the Rams faced a familiar foe in St. Edwards.“The previous times they came up short,” faculty adviser Dr. John Klingemann said. “This year they got good recruits and put it all together.”
   St. Edwards and the Rams had met the three previous years at the state tournament with the Rams coming up short each time.“We came out a little nervous,” sophomore flanker Tashir Newsome-Smith said. “But we hyped ourselves up before the game. After the third or fourth try we knew we had it.”
Scrum-half Preston Granzin scored four tries alone for the prolific Ram attack.
   Junior Tadeo Canon Masjoan was a key piece to the Rams’ defensive dominance as he forced countless turnovers for ASU.“For these seniors, it’s a culmination of the hard work and dedication they have put in all these years,” Klingemann said.“For the team and I, it was an amazing feeling,” Newsome-Smith said with regards to the team overcoming their past struggles. “Being able to bring home a trophy and say we won it means a lot. No one can take that away from us.”
   Next up for the Rams will be the NSCRO Cowboy Cup in Albuquerque, NM.“Well we’ve heard how we never beat these teams either” Newsome-Smith said. “But they said that about St. Edwards.”In the Cowboy Cup, the Rams will compete with the Rocky Mountain Conference with the tournament also being the first round of the NSCRO playoffs.


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