Patrick Rowles, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas Groundhogs returned to action on the Bob Macnab Rugby Pitch to host Midwestern State University in cup play on Saturday, Oct. 13. Coming off the previous week’s loss to the University of Texas at Dallas, which apparently is a different school, they took the lessons they learned into the game.
The week before, they had begun the game with apprehension in tackling and a lack of communication on the pitch. This time, the Hoggies exploded from the gate with fiery passion. Playing much of the first 20 minutes on defense, the tackling and spatial awareness of the defensive line were impeccable. The offense seemed to seize every opportunity it was given in the first half.
Junior Anthony “Sacker of Cities” Wagner dazzled the buzzing crowd with three tries before the half was over. Senior Thomas “Shady Banks” Nelson added his second try of the season on a powerful goal-line drive to top off the scoring for the half. Joe “Zulu Zarathustra” Watson successfully outmaneuvered his opposite number for the first of many tries in a Groundhog jersey. Senior John “Too Good for Old Mill” Bascom made two conversions from five attempts along with stellar ball distribution to Wagner to make his mark on the match.
The Groundhogs played with the discipline of foot soldiers for a solid 60 minutes, but tired legs led to penalties in the second half. This translated to an enormous amount of time on defense, much of it spent on their goal line. After three to four impressive goal-line stands, separated only by hard-fought scrumming just five meters from their own castle, the Groundhogs finally surrendered the lone score of the match for the Mustangs. Despite this momentary lapse near the closing minutes, the Groundhogs made an impressive showing, beating the Mustangs 29-5, and will look to carry this dominating effort throughout the semester