Pygmies Trounce Downstate Rivals 45-7
LAS CRUCES, N.M. March 19, 2014 – New Mexico Tech's men's rugby club took over second place in the Rio Grande Rugby Union collegiate championship race Saturday with a 45-7 win over New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. The victory avenged a 38-22 loss to the
It was the final match for both teams in a round-robin series also including the
The Pygmies, now 3-3 in conference play, wasted no time getting on top when the Chiles mishandled the opening kickoff, allowing flank forward Darien Williams to sweep up the ball and bolt over the try line untouched. Fly half Steve Bernsen's two-point conversion kick nicked one goalpost but fell between the uprights to give Tech a 7-0 lead after just 15 seconds.
The Pygmies kept the early initiative by tackling and rucking strongly and scored again after eight minutes. Flanker and forwards captain Jason Lee ran from a scrum near the
Halfway through the 40-minute half the dynamic Lee scored after another scrum in State's territory, setting up Bernsen's third successful conversion.
Tech completed their first-half shutout as
Four minutes into the second act Tech fullback Joe Wilch connected with a 30-meter penalty kick to add three points to Tech's lead. A quarter hour later the battered
The Chiles averted a whitewash 65 minutes into the match when Peter Stringer's 20-meter tap and run after a penalty by the Pygmies caught them napping. Stringer's try was converted but Tech still led 38-7.
Tech wrapped up all scoring ten minutes from full time as Bernsen’s halftime replacement Rourke Nakai took a pass from lock Fritz Hieb and transferred the ball to John Mark Stiles. Stiles’s blistering pace over the remaining 70 meters left would-be
Darien Williams, a Hot Spring High graduate studying mechanical engineering, was named Tech's Man of the Match, with honorable mentions going to Javier Koerdell and James Chavez.
Following Tech’s spring break the Pygmies will host
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By Dave Wheelock/Tech