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Rugby Team Dominates UTEP In 38-19 Win

Rugby Team Dominates UTEP In 38-19 Win

EL PASO, Texas – The New Mexico Tech rugby team travelled to University of Texas-El Paso on Saturday, returning home with another victory for the new season following a dominant and disciplined performance in a 38-19 victory.

The match, however, start off in favor of UTEP, a bigger and more physical team. The home team took control from the opening kick-off, aided by two NMT mental errors. UTEP played to their size advantage in the opening minutes, maintaining almost complete possession and methodically working their way toward the try-zone via continuous forward play close to the rucks.

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NMT and UTEP faced off Saturday in Texas, with the visitors taking a 38-19 victory.

 

Fortunately, NMT was disciplined and intelligent in defense, led by veteran forward captain Stephen Albritton. After five minutes of constant pressure, NMT finally recovered possession five meters from their own try line.  From the turnover, NMT quickly countered with two quick passes away from UTEP’s forwards, allowing team captain Tanner Graham to break the UTEP back line and score a 90-meter try under the posts.

From that point on, Tech controlled the match, both in in attack and in defense.  Playing to their strengths, the visitors played a fast and open game, resetting in the midfield and then attacking the wings with good, quick ball movement. In the end, NMT scored four converted tries and two unconverted tries, compared with only three tries from UTEP.

Coach Nourse was very pleased not only with the outcome, but with quality of play.

“We are implementing a new and modern system of rugby here, and while new to this team, they are picking it up very quickly,” he said.

Nourse said he was delighted with the several young players who took part in the match.

“Dillon Mann, although not a new player, has been asked to play at fly-half, a difficult position to play,” Nourse said. “Although he has a lot to learn, he is picking it up very well, making great decisions and giving us a great attacking option from that position. Mann had a hand in four of our six tries, scoring two of them, and followed that up with a try-saving tackle.”

Nourse said it was fun to see new members contributing to the result.  Joshua Ward, a freshman and new to the sport, had his second turn on the pitch and made three great tackles against significantly larger opponents.

“We also saw freshman Dane Robergs continue to impress, and we got to see debutants Carlos Rubio and Xavier Nissen get some playing time,” he said.

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