Ram Rugby falls to Roadrunners

ASU loses to University of Texas at San Antonio 27-48

By Ashley Rodriguez
On February 21, 2020

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty:
Trevor Pledger, junior, is launched by Props for the ball in the line-out. The ASU Ram Rugby team played against UTSA for the first home game of the semester and last home game this season.

 

The ASU Ram Rugby team on Feb. 15 played against the UTSA Roadrunners for their last home game of the season.

The first half started with a scrum and UTSA was the first to score a try, a touchdown in rugby, making it 5-0. The Rams came back shortly after reclaiming possession of the ball and scored, tying the score 5-5. Frequent penalties and defen­sive poaches caused possession to switch back and forth be­tween the Rams and the Road­runners. UTSA continued to keep the lead going for the rest of the first half, with ASU a few tries behind. By the start of the half time break, the score was 15-29.

Moving forward to the second half, the Roadrunners widened their lead and scored making it 15-36. The Rams gained advantage af­ter misplays by the Roadrunners to put 5 more points on the board. Players on both teams swung the ball laterally to drive up the field, but incomplete and forward passes caused interruptions that lead to scrums and lineouts. Eventually, both the Rams and Roadrun­ners racked up some points, making the score 27-43. At the conclu­sion of the game, the Rams came up short, falling to the Roadrunners with a score of 27-48.

“It was a hard-fought game,” senior Toby Timms said. “It re­ally brought out the best of both teams. Both teams put their lives out there today. We came out with a loss, but I know it was a hard-fought loss.”

As this is the last home game of the season, senior Kyle Klaus­ner said he has his eyes set to the future of the club.

“I just hope this game is a stepping-stone and that we go deep in the playoffs,” Klausner said.

This game is also a closing chapter for graduate student Kev­in Reid-Haughton. Reid-Haughton has played with the team for six years.

“Ram Rugby, as an organization, has done it different than anyone else” Reid-Haughton said. “When it comes to every single game and every single practice, we play this game with no regrets. You never know when it’s your last, and we love the game, we love each other and we pour it out onto the field.”

ASU Ram Rugby’s next game will be Feb. 22 against the Uni­versity of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas. The team will also compete in the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament on Feb. 29 in Huntsville, Texas.

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