by Travis Normand
February 11, 2020
The Texas Aggies were originally scheduled to host Texas Tech in College Station; however, the game was moved to Austin and was played at Burr Field (6013 Loyola Lane, Austin, Texas).
Apparently all of the Rec. Sports fields were rented out for another event, leaving the Aggies no place to play and thus the match was moved to Austin. I could write an entire post on the impact of losing the old rugby pitch at the Polo fields and/or Rec. Sports’ rental of all Penberthy fields, but I will save that for another day.
Fortunately, giving up a home game didn’t seem to have much affect on the Aggies as they defeated the Red Raiders 71-0 in their second-to-last Red River Rugby College Conference game of the 2019-2020 season.
The game was played on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Unfortunately, I had to miss the game due to being in Washington D.C.
Depth: A lot of guys got their first start in the maroon jersey against Tech, which goes a long way to building the depth of the squad / club. Further, the large margin of victory allowed for several players to log some quality minutes, building even more depth on the team.
Next week (February 15th) is a Bye-Week, and the team will welcome the ability to rest, as the following weekend (February 22) the Aggies will travel to Houston to play t.u. in their final regular RRRC game of the season (that game will be at Aveva Stadium, home of the USMLR’s Houston Sabercats).
The Aggies are technically in the lead for the RRRC Championship as they are on top of the table with 25 points and have 1-game to go (against t.u.). However, Oklahoma (20-points) has two games to go against Texas Tech and North Texas. In other words, if both teams finish strong, they could find themselves tied in the point standings when all is said and done (and that is why I said the Aggies are only “technically” in the lead).
Speaking of Oklahoma, the Sooners defeated t.u. on February 8, 2020 by a score of 57-3, and their “Man of the Match” award went to Zack Raines (Wing).
After the Aggies finish their RRRC conference schedule against t.u. on February 22; they will then play Life U. (away), Santa Clara (away), Cal Poly (away), and Wisconsin (at home), before a potential RRRC Championship game against Oklahoma on March 28, 2020. Stay tuned for details on the RRRC Championship game as that has not been officially set or finalized from what I understand.