Tech Ruggers Return from Clovis Empty-Handed
Referee Fred Yarger indicates the point of a Clovis Nomad infraction as Tech lock forward Jordan Fastle prepares to tee the ball for his successful penalty kick in Tech’s 31-10 loss in
Enrique Koerdell turns for support from his New Mexico Tech rugby teammates as two Clovis Nomads move in for the tackle.
Tech rugby fullback Isaiah Sanchez splits the defense in
Experienced prop forward James Chavez was named Tech's Man of the Match for his determined play while filling in at a flank forward position.
The Pygmies, whose spring record falls to 5-2, will next see action on April 16 when they host the Socorro Challenge Challenge, a 10-man invitational including sides from New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Brujos of Albuquerque.
A women's component of the Challenge will feature the fledgling New Mexico Tech Queens and the Lady Chiles of
Tech turned in a disjointed performance that reflected their mix of strength in the seven-man back line complement relative to their inexperience and evident lack of conditioning amongst the eight ball-contesting forward positions (where two of the borrowed
The Nomads struck after just two minutes of play under sunny and mostly calm conditions with temperatures in the low 70s. Following up on a long kick downfield, the hosts recovered possession after Tech failed to safely kick the ball out of bounds, allowing captain Justin Long to touch down between the Pygmies' goalposts.
One of Tech's few bright moments occurred minutes later when a
Fastle connected with a three-point penalty kick from 30 meters after a Clovis infraction and
In the second half Clovis took advantage of Tech's flagging forward scrummagers by running the ball close to the scrums and forcing the collegian backs out of position to make tackles. The Nomads scored their fourth try from a close range scrum when the third pass came to an unmarked man who skated across the line untouched.
Tech struck back after 14 minutes when 270-pound prop Stephen Albritton ran through several hopeful tacklers before passing to forwards captain Jerod Aragon, who motored away to score on the left side. Fastle's kick made the score 26-10, but
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