Tigers Gain Experience at ASU
The University of Memphis Rugby Team traveled to Arkansas State this past Saturday morning to play a friendly match against Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. A-state plays in a division above the Tigers and this friendly was scheduled to provide us a learning opportunity as we prepare for conference play.
The opening kick went off at 1:00 and both teams played their hardest for 80 minutes. A-state’s ability to strip the ball made it difficult for the Tigers to mount a sustained offense. Plus, their powerful offense overwhelmed the Tiger defense on the outside.
The Tigers D-line was tough but had difficulty shifting to cover the 70 meter wide pitch. It was a hard fought battle between the two teams, even though the Red Wolves were victorious at the end of the game.
After the game, A-State hosted a friendly social of burgers and dogs where we had a chance to talk rugby with our opponents. We continued to learn even after the final whistle.
Even though we lost the match we learned a tremendous amount. Everyone played hard throughout the match improving our skills along the way.
We would like to acknowledge Coach Cole and Coach Swat for teaching us real rugby and how to manage ourselves on and off the field, whether it’s practice or a tough game. We would also like to acknowledge our two water girls who made sure we stayed hydrated throughout the game.
Most of all we would like to acknowledge Arkansas State University for allowing us to run a practice game against them. After that game I can say the Tigers have improved in every way. I am again excited and it’s my pleasure to say Let’s Go Tigers.
Editor’s note: Dez Harris and Matt Jordan were honored as rookies of the match. They have demonstrated excellent growth and development in their game over the past two weeks and their play at A-State was impressive.