“Rugby is a game all about teamwork and support, because in order to go forwards you must go backwards.”
Jesuit Rugby, in their final stretch of their season, finished with a 2-2-1 record, ending the season on a reasonably high note.
New Orleans and Harlequin
Against New Orleans on March 3rd, the game was highly contested with neither side able to run away with the game. It was low scoring, with a final score of 12-12 in a tie with Jesuit New Orleans. In the last minute of the game, New Orleans was able to convert a try, and tied the game up. For the Rangers, Jacob Jowdy ’19 and Noah Villasana ’19 scored in this match.
Against the Harlequin Colts on March 22nd, Jesuit barely lost, with the final score being 26-22. In this home match at Postell Stadium, the Rangers put forth their best effort, but in the end the D1 powerhouse Colts was too much for the Rangers.
Against Fordham on March 31st, Jesuit ran away with the game from the beginning, with the final score being 69-7. Throughout the match, the team’s movement was fluid and their ball movement was spectacular, allowing them to capitalize on Fordham’s defensive mistakes.
Mark Costa ’20 said “Fordham was the runner up for nationals last year, and playing them was a perfect chance to see what high level Rugby is all about.”
Continuing, Costa said “I think the team really excelled, and even though we were a bit antsy beforehand, it was really the point in the season where we all came together, 15 players as a unit.”
Against Westlake on March 22nd, Jesuit lost in the waning seconds of the match, barely losing 31-27. The Chaps scored an injury time try to win the match. For the team, Westlake was a deciding match for the season in that if effected whether they would make the playoffs or not. Unfortunately though, as they lost, it eliminated them from contention.
Costa emphasized that “The team gave 110% that game, and by looking at everyone’s faces I could tell that they left nothing in the tank by the end of the game, and gave it their all.”
In the final match of the season on April 12th, the Jesuit rugby team destroyed Plano, winning the game 102-0. The senior class showed out on their final match of their Jesuit career, with Paris Brown ’18, Alec Hanson ’18, Ethan Kirkland ’18, and many other seniors scoring tries throughout the night. Juniors Jacob Jowdy and Will Woodard also successfully converted tries for the Rangers.
Mark Costa said, in regards to the Plano match, said that “it was one of our best games this season, part of which I attribute to it being the Senior’s final match.”
I managed to catch up with Coach Upton, the varsity head coach, and ask some reflective questions over his first year as the head coach of the program.
Despite having an overall good season as a whole, Jesuit rugby barely missed the playoffs this year, falling victim to a fluke play in their final match. With a good corp of returning sophomores and juniors next year, the rugby team hopes to make a deep playoff run with returning veteran players and potentially adding some new members to the team from the Freshman and Sophomore class.
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