Rugby slips in windy conditions

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Joe Kaiser, Sports Editor

 

The University of Dallas Hoggies battled on their home pitch off Tom Braniff Drive this past Saturday against LeTourneau University. The Hoggies were handicapped early on in the game with the injury of scrum-half freshman Joe Watson. Watson suffered a head injury and was unable to return to play. With their most experienced scrum-half out, the Hoggies had to compensate. Dallas initially gave up a quick breakaway try to its adversaries. Junior Anthony Wagner was not having this and decided to score his own breakaway try. This plus the kick put Dallas up 7-5. Unfortunately, because of a few mistakes, the Hoggies allowed two more breakaway tries. LeTourneau led the Dallas squad 19-7 at the half.

In the second half, the Hoggies put up a valiant effort on defense, holding their opponents scoreless. But the Hoggies also had to battle through windy conditions to try to catch up. Patrick Rowles said, “It came down to time for this one, but the wind slowed down play.” Despite a gallant push by senior Peter O’Brien for a second try in the second half, the Hoggies were not able to score again. The goal line drive that culminated in O’Brien’s try was a long battle. He was able to push through three defenders, but the score came with too little time left for the team to score again.

The Dallas ruggers head out to enemy territory this Saturday to battle perennial rival Southern Methodist University. This will serve as a preview for the storied Groundhog Game, which will take place in early February.

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