Rambelle Rugby crushes UNT

Rugby team wins first home game of the season

By Sydney Faison
On October 12, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: Barbara Rivera-Morales, graduate student, rushes through the University of North Texas defense.

The Rambelle rugby team beat the University of North Texas 56-36 in its first home game on Oct. 6 at the intramural fields.

Savannah Walton, Zella Powers and Tori Clover are a few of the players who scored a try against UNT on Saturday.

"I love the tradition of rugby being a gentleman’s sport, which means to we play hard, but we play with honor and dignity," Amanda Steffins, junior and president, said.

There are a couple of rules that rugby players must follow, such as never throwing the ball forward and only passing it backwards.

Powers, junior, said the injuries that come with the sport are a big challenge.

Destiny Brown, freshman, said that getting used to physical contact and using her body more was something she had to learn to get used to.

The players also explained a few rugby terms.

A "try" occurs when someone scores. A try will only be awarded if the ball is placed or touched down in the try zone.

"Backs" are players who are considered to be the faster, quicker players on the team.

"Scrumming" is when each team’s forwards come together to compete in a huddle formation to win the ball. A "ruck" is when a person gets tackled and a teammate hovers over them and the ball in a horizontal formation to prevent the opponent from taking the ball.

The purpose of the team is to offer and promote leadership and camaraderie to women interested in rugby and to uphold the laws of the International Rugby Board.

"When we play rugby we have to learn to keep our heads up when things are not looking good," Kayli Kane, sophomore, said. "It is a competitive sport, so we have to keep our positivity up."

Even with the challenges, there are some rewards that the players mentioned.

"Having a close relationship with the girls on the team is great since we are all good friends," Powers said.

Many players responded that winning is a big reward in itself.

"We have a very supportive team, and people congratulate each other, which motivates other players to do what they are supposed to do," Brown said.

The rugby team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-7pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the intramural fields.

The team welcomes everyone with open arms, no matter the level of prior experience.

Upcoming games will be on Oct. 20 against the University of Texas at San Antonio at the intramural fields (time to be determined) and Oct. 27 (time and opponent to be determined).

For updates and more information follow @rambellerugby on Instagram. Contact Amanda Steffins by e-mail at asteffins@angelo.edu or Elly Mohr by e-mail at emohr@angelo.edu for details about recruitment.

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