Alec Thie, Contributing Writer
Due to the fluid nature of rugby, big plays can happen at any time. As a result, it is imperative to play stalwart defense for the entirety of the 80-minute game. If this doesn’t happen, a team may outplay the other team for 75 minutes and still end up on the wrong end of the score. This is precisely what happened to the University of Dallas Hoggies last Saturday against the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
The Hoggies were upbeat and optimistic heading into the tilt against the UTD team, which has been nationally ranked as seventh in the Small College Division. UD capitalized on this intensity by forcing a turnover off of the opening kickoff and using the possession to score the inaugural try of the season.
Freshman fly half Titus “Flavius” Willard found his own chip kick in the try zone for his first college try.
As the game wore on, heat became more of a factor. UTD scored four unanswered tries, capitalizing on a few untimely (and undeserved) penalties and a few breakdowns in the UD defensive line.
In the second half, freshman eight man Peter “Mouth” Krewet also punched in his first try as a Hoggie. Senior captain Alec “Theseus” Thie nailed both conversion kicks, and the game ended with a score of 34-14.
Despite the loss, the Hoggies are to be commended for their strong play against a strong opponent and for maintaining a level of decorum that should be expected of UD Rugby, even when the other side got chippy.
This weekend, UD looks to play for a full 80 minutes at home against Southern Methodist University (SMU). 2013’s Groundhog Match against SMU ended in a 14-12 Hoggies victory, and the fans were a huge part of that victory. Make sure to come support them this Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.!