Tech Ruggers Roll to Arizona Title
The Pygmies won the Thunderbird Tens February 26 and 27 in
|Scrumhalf James Fallt prepares to pounce as the ball emerges from a scrum in the title match of the Thunderbird Tens.|
|High-scoring forward Graham Payne crosses the try line for New Mexico Tech in action against the Thunderbird Golds in Phoenix Saturday. NMT won the six-team competition with a 4 win, zero loss record.|
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Tech’s Pygmies arose early Saturday morning to face the Thunderbird Blues in a 9 a.m. matchup. At 9:02 a.m. halfback James Fallt took the last of several passes to score the New Mexicans’ first five-point try.
Tech went on to a 29-5 win as center Marshal Spradley, lock Graham Payne, flyhalf Brock Romero, and then Payne again, all touched down. Romero kicked a brace of two-point conversions to account for Tech scoring.
Tech scored 26 second-half points to wallop
Tech whitewashed Thunderbird’s Gold team 24-0 in their 2 p.m. semifinal. Payne scored Tech’s first try and assisted one scored by Fallt before Sanchez added two five-pointers in the second half.
Romero booted two conversions and Fastle added one. Meanwhile, Thunderbird’s Blues took the back door to the final following a draw between UCLA and Thunderbird’s Golds in the opposite bracket.
The Blues did slightly better against Tech in the final but were still beaten by a 26-7 margin. Lock forward Graham Payne underlined his rampaging form with his fourth try of the day while backline stars Romero, Koerdell and Sanchez also crossed the line. Romero was good on three of four conversion kicks to pad Tech’s victory.
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By Dave Wheelock/Tech