On Saturday, April 1, your Shreveport Rugby Club traveled west to Denton, TX for a Division III matchup. This was a must win game for Shreveport to stay at the top of the D3 North standings. Injuries have been an issue for some starters recently, which saw Shreveport travel a little lighter than usual. Despite having a few normal starters dealing with injury, and with a few players out of position, Shreveport selected a squad full of experience.
Shreveport started fast with two tries in the first 7 minutes. After the fast start, both teams settled into a defensive battle for the rest of the first half, with Shreveport adding only one more try. Halftime score 17-0.
The second half provided Shreveport the advantage of the wind at their backs, which ensured most of the half was played in the Denton end. Shreveport scored three tries within the first 10 min of the second half. Denton had one foray into the Shreveport 22 meter area, which resulted in a penalty try for a high tackle, and a yellow card issued. Shreveport would play down a man for 10 min. Minutes later a Denton player was then shown a yellow card for a high tackle. This meant 14 on 14 rugby for several minutes. Shreveport took advantage of the extra space and added two more scores before both teams were back to full strength. Fatigue then became a factor in the last 15 min as Shreveport added the last two of ten total tries to end the match. Co-Captain Pat Molet led from the front with the forwards, as they dominated scrums, and lineouts, scoring 5 tries. Backs Captain Chad Mooney marshaled the backs effectively with 5/10 tries coming from his back line.
LJ Henderson (2)
Mike McKinney (2)
Cedric Keith (2)
Chad Mooney (1)
Daniel Krabbe (1)
Marcellus Cain (1)
Kayne O’Neal (1)
Justin Knight (3)
A great day of rugby all around, and Shreveport was well represented in Denton. SHARC (High school rugby) played their very first girls 7’s match, and SHARC boys played against Lewisville High School.
Denton Rugby Club is a class act, and showed us some great hospitality at the post match social. We wish them the best for the rest of the season. Next match is April 22, in Dallas against the Reds. The playoff picture will be confirmed with this match, and is a must win.