James Fallt (#9 in dark jersey) passes the ball from a scrum under the close scrutiny of his opposite number Aaron Cardiel of the
Referee Tudor Thomas of
The Pygmies, whose spring season record falls to 6-6, next see action at home April 30 against the Santa Fe Santos. The Pygmies will be eager to beat a struggling
The Horny Toads, composed largely of graduate
Host club New Mexico Tech won just one of their five matches yet were consoled with Spirit of Rugby honors for outstanding teamwork and sportsmanship through a vote of the participating teams.
The Pygmies appeared distracted by the demands of preparing logistics for an all-day event which included live commentary, merchandise sales, and a post-tournament barbecue for the teams.
Tech fell behind early in three of their five matches, with notable exceptions being their 19-12 victory over eventual second-place finishers NMSU and a tightly-contested loss by the same score against the eventual champions in the first semifinal qualifier. The New Mexico Brujos filled out the field and finished in third position by beating Tech 12-5 in the consolation match.
NMSU's Lady Chiles and the NMT Queens provided variety and showed skill in two seven-woman matches. The
Two Pygmies played their way onto the honorary all-tournament tens team. Veteran speedster and co-captain Isaiah Sanchez of Mora, N.M., was named to the honorary back line roster while James Chavez of Socorro got the nod at a forward position. Senior scrumhalf James Fallt of
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By Dave Wheelock/Tech