Tech Solid in Win Over Rio Grande Rival NMSU

Tech Solid in Win Over Rio Grande Rival NMSU


October 16, 2017


SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech Rugby hosted Rio Grande Rugby Union rivals New Mexico State University on Saturday, October 14, at the NMT Athletic Fields.  Tech added to its winning record with a 36-10 victory over their southern rivals. 


Zach Lepper of NMT evades a deffender in Saturday's win over NMSU.


Tech took control of the match early, scoring two quick tries to take a 12-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the match.  And although NMSU managed a try in the middle of the first half off a well-placed kick from their flyhalf, Tech never really let NMSU into the match.  By the middle of the second half, a result in Tech’s favor was not in any real doubt. 

Tech’s style of play is unique in the Union. Tech utilizes a “2-4-2” shape, and both its attack and defense are intentionally layered. The shape and style of play are new to NMT Rugby, introduced to Tech by incoming coach Brent Nourse, but it is already bearing fruit as the team becomes more comfortable with the new configuration.  

“The team seemed better composed when compared to the side that faced off against the Brujos three weeks ago. They stuck more to their well-rehearsed strategies, which resulted in frequent breaks of the gain line,” rugby alumnus Taylor Dotson said.

Coach Nourse was very pleased with the team’s performance.  To a man, the Tech players appeared selfless and team oriented.  NMT received standout performances from several members, including Man-of-the-Match Everson Cruz, who once again dominated the opposition in lineouts and had a solid performance at the breakdowns and carrying the ball.  Other notables included Logan Blake, Stephen Albritton, Josh Jaime, Tanner Graham, Dane Robergs, and Dillon Mann.

“But, truly, singling out anyone from the Tech roster is near impossible. Everyone did the little things that helped the team to success. Scott Toomer, for example, was instrumental in Dane [Roberg’s] try.  He executed his role in our pod scheme perfectly, which provided Dane the space he needed to finish the movement and score. The entire roster performed that way,” Nourse said.

That does not mean, however, that the team does not have room for improvement. Tech did not execute its offensive rucks as well as could have been expected, and fitness still appears to be an issue ripe for improvement. Tech’s counterattacking from opposition kicking is also an area that requires addressing. All in all, Tech was clearly the better team on the pitch last Saturday.

Tech’s next match will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the NMT Athletic Fields. Tech currents will face Tech alumni in the annual “Black and Blue” match.