by Travis Normand
November 11, 2019
The Texas Aggie rugby team defeated the Baylor Bears in Waco on Saturday November 9, 2019 in what was a highly anticipated RRRC XVs match.
Baylor led the game at half-time, 17-5; but a strong second-half by Texas A&M led to an Aggie victory, 30-17. As you can see from the score, Baylor was shut-out in the second-half while the Aggies found a way to score 25 unanswered points.
Baylor’s center Ben Lashley scored a try for the Bears early in the first-half, which Luke Davis converted to take a 7-0 lead.
A&M’s No. 8 Michael Miller answered with a try of his own around the 26-minute mark (but the conversion was missed).
Baylor was able to score again when Davis hit a successful penalty kick making the score 10-5; and then the Bears scored again when wing Gordon Wilson scored a try and Davis hit the conversion, for a 17-5 halftime lead.
A&M made some halftime adjustments and then controlled the second half. Three Aggie reserve players (Andrew Horn, Kade Ball, and Manual Zapata Sanchez) all scored tries; and fullback Jeremy Brown scored twice, as the Aggies scored five unconverted tries in the second half to win 30-17.
In a lot of ways, this game against Baylor mirrored last week’s win over the Longhorns. The Aggies have now had two games in a row where they have needed a strong second-half to overcome a deficit at halftime (the Aggies trailed t.u. last week at the half by a score of 12-3; before winning the game 31-12 … shutting the Longhorns out in the second-half and scoring 28 unanswered points).
Last week the following preview was reported at GoffRugbyReport.com:
The Red River moves on with an early test for Texas A&M and Baylor. Both teams rode strong second halves to win openers. Baylor has a snappy center in Taylor McGehee, who scored two tries against LSU last week, and Luke Davis has emerged as an effective flyhalf. This week’s captain and last week’s scrumhalf Derek Allen also scored two tries and leads the team really well. The only bad news for Baylor is that flanker Griffin Maat suffered a concussion and is probably going to take the season off.“D1A Games and Picks Nov. 8-9: Playoffs and more,” by Alex Goff, 11/8/2019, published at: https://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/dia-games-and-picks-nov-8-9-playoffs-and-more
Texas A&M’s A-Side was not the only winner on Saturday (30-17) as the B-Side was also victorious over Baylor as well (41-19). In fact, A&M’s B-Side was a little more dominant.
The win puts the Aggies RRRC record at (2-0) while Baylor is now (1-1).