Robert Turner, Contributing Writer
If you’ve been curious about rugby, this is the season to come out and see a match. This past Saturday, Sept. 28, the University of Dallas Rugby Football Club (UDRFC) played two short matches against the Dallas Reds and Texas Tech, and showed that the team is set to go places this year.
The Reds, a Division I Men’s Club, hosted the round robin set of matches, and the Hoggies played hard against them to start off the season. Sophomore hooker Chris “Monkey” Simia went down early with a mild knee injury, but Austin “Sunburn” Ferguson and Brian “Mullet” Howersaat stepped up to fill the position and were able to hold off the Reds for most of the first half, only allowing one try when the Reds broke through the defensive line.
In the second half, freshman Jack “Chubs” Teller went toe-to-toe against the Reds’ defensive line and proved that his are the stronger feet, scoring his first try in a Hoggies jersey (five points).
When asked for comments on the match, Teller responded, “It’s an honor to be playing as a freshman with all these guys who have done so much for the Hoggies.”
Teller was named man of the match for his tremendous efforts against the Reds.
After Teller’s try, David “D-Bibes” Bible kicked for two points. Unfortunately, the Reds managed to break through the line three more times, and the final score was 24-7. But despite what the scoreboard suggests, the match was close and the Hoggies played with distinction.
After a short break, UDRFC dug in against Texas Tech, maintaining possession of the ball for the better part of the match. Mere minutes into play, the forwards took the ball down the field, and junior Graeham “Token” Rieman crashed through the defensive line into the try-zone to put five points on the scoreboard. Moments later, freshman winger Derek “Cosette” Kulda tackled the Texas Tech winger, saving the try and the match, and proving that tenacity, not size, is the key component of a rugger. After a short time, during which time the Hoggies continued to dominate, a clash of thunder and a torrential downpour forced the ref to call the match, making the final score 5-0 in favor of the Hoggies.
Hoggies captain Alec Thie had this to say about his team: “I was immensly proud of the intensity we brought against some very talented sides. This is a team that plays for each other. It was a great start to an extremely promising season.”
So far, the team has worked hard to make the UD community proud, and the players would love to see the student body out there supporting them. This upcoming Saturday is the famous alumni game and the first home match of the season! The match will start at 2 p.m., so come prepared to cheer the team on to victory. Go Hoggies!