Rugby qualifies for Denver

Rugby falls short in state championship, looks to Denver for redemption

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On March 1, 2018

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Stetson Timmons sprints to the try zone.

Ram Rugby placed second in the Lone Star Conference tournament Feb. 24-25 and secured their spot in the Cowboy Cup tournament in Denver, Colorado.

ASU hosted the tournament for the first time ever.

"It was a nice change of pace being able to hold this tournament here," junior wing Stetson Timmons said. "We were able to show the school just who we are and give people something new to watch since it was all-day Rugby."

ASU fans filled the stands at the Intramural Fields to cheer on the team.

"Playing in front of the home crowd with as many people that showed up was thrilling," junior flanker Jeremy Sumners said. "Of course we have our share of fans that enjoy coming out to watch, but being the state tournament with so much more people watching made it that much more exciting to be a part of it."

The Rams kicked off the tournament with a blowout against Texas State.

The Rams held off the Bobcats, winning 57-0.

"We were able to run the system well and had good momentum," Timmons said. "I was a lot more physical this weekend than other games due to the weight of the games."

The team’s next match was against the University of Dallas, who the Rams beat in the state championship last year.

The Rams had to fight harder in this match, but walked away with a 35-10 victory over their rivals.

"They’re a tough team, but we always beat them," senior inside centre Brian Signorelli said. "It’s still a fight every time."

For the final game of the tournament, the Rams took on the University of North Texas.

After a hard-fought match, the Rams lost 35-22.

However, the season is not over for the team. They will compete in Denver March 24-25 for the Cowboy Cup.

"The preparation for Denver will be just like any other day for us at practice really," Sumners said. "We always take practice very serious and focus on what we need to do to defeat the opponent. Of course, there will be a little more fire expected going into the Cowboy Cup, and we will definitely have that going in."

The team prides itself on their chemistry and brotherhood.

"This team means everything to me," Sumners said. "If it wasn’t for Ram Rugby, I probably would not have stayed in school like I have. The natural bond and love we all have for each other makes it feel like we are a giant family."

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