Patrick Rowles, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s rugby team put it all together on Saturday at the Bob Macnab Rugby Pitch in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Groundhog.
The match will go down as a homecoming for the six seniors, and they played to deserve it. The seniors offered great facilitation and game management despite having very little practice under their belts.
The experience and chemistry of these six old-timers proved to be the decisive factor in a victorious effort. Peter O’Brien and John Bascom made an absurd amount of tackles. Additionally Tyler Burr, Nelson Rowles and Adam Collard played exceptionally, although the latter two were forced to spend the second half of the game in the emergency room.
Anthony Wagner shone with a solo try, outpacing the defender for a solid 40 meters. He also facilitated a beautiful try by Alec Thie, who scored his first try after a great effort on his part. John Bascom, aside from playing a solid overall game, made both his conversion kicks. This proved to be the game-winning factor, since the Groundhogs prevailed 14-12.
Though the team succeeded in redeeming itself and finally putting together the talent that lay dormant last semester, it was reminded of the physical nature of the game. Blood flowed regularly and some extraordinary scenes resulted in four trips to the emergency room. Adam Collard and David Bible likely ended their seasons on Saturday.
The Groundhogs benefited from an enthusiastic crowd, including many new and familiar faces and a great turnout from alumni in town for the big weekend. UD fans were in good spirits after a morning of revelry.