Texas Rugby has earned a spot in the Southwest Conference XVs Championship this weekend, March 21st, with their recent performance and victories over Univ. of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Rice University, and Texas Christian University. Their final opponent in the conference and long-time rival, Texas State, is their opponent this weekend in the championship match.
Both teams are expected to perform at their peak as bragging rights are on the line. Texas won the conference in the 2011-2012 season, the conference’s first season. Last year Rice University defeated the Texas B-side to win the conference. If Texas wins tomorrow night they will be the first in the SWC to win the conference twice, as well as be the first team to win both the SWC 7s championship and the SWC XVs championship.
While TxSt has been matchless the last two weekends, Texas has been training diligently and played two hard-fought matches against Army. Army is consistently a top 5 team every year, so it gave Texas a chance to see what level we were at. Our forwards dominated the breakdown and scrums, but the back line was no match for Army’s tactical attacks, pushing them to a 44-5 victory. Sophomore Hooker Adrian Ruiz named MOTM. More impressively, Ruiz underwent an appendectomy TWO WEEKS ago and put in an 80 minute shift against one of the most physical, technical and fit teams in the Nation. The defeat stung, but we learned a lot from that match and it was the perfect preparation for the upcoming championship.
The Southwest Conference XVs Championship is being held at the Texas State rugby pitch. Address will be posted below. Be there with your burnt orange on at 7:30 and watch as the Longhorns take on the Renegades! \m/ Hook’em!
Pitch Address: 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666