This semester of rugby is something the boys will remember for the rest of their lives. With all the talent and potential in this team, things are going to get better…
The start of the game today looked worrying… Regis made a statement with an early goal line stand. New Mexico (NMHU) maintained good structure throughout the first half on offense and defense. Regis kept composure and stayed strong. Led by the NMHU #12, NMHU started breaking the Regis defensive line.. By half-time, Regis was down 10-0.
Regis was tackling high and the backs were flat and drifting sideways. Regis was forcing passes and playing like a sevens team.
In the second half Regis tackled low. Later in that second half, the backs started to run onto the ball, were deeper, and created nice try scoring holes. The Regis forwards were focused on high percentage rugby. Jared Clements went into BEAST mode… freaky shit. Beau Vrbas started finding nice holes at inside center and their backs were no long penetrating the line (Clayton Anderson got a concussion early). In the last twenty minutes the outside backs, led by Andrew Hoy, turned their stuff on and scored awesome, classy tries. The Regis back-line is an offensive weapon. They score pretty tries.
All in all, the Regis backs drifted way too much for the first 60 minutes and it wasn’t until they created some space did they start to show their real skills.
Back of the Match goes to Angel Mendez.
Beau Vrbas and Andrew Hoy were special as well. All the backs played well, including Cody Hutchinson who made a good showing.
The Regis forwards have taken a physical beating… the team lost their two star locks for this game (poor Brendan Niland was done early with his injury). Luckily, the bench forwards showed Regis had some depth.
The Regis forwards stuck to the game plan and absolutely dominated the second half. They tackled low. They targeted their weak points. They played percentage rugby. Regis won this game in the forwards.
The depth and skills shown by bench players such as Max Weaver, Brien Campbell, Cody Hutchinson, and Tom Walrod, saved the day in the end. The team was a team and became winners because of it. Great stuff to watch…
Kevin Kohman was amazing. Kevin was everywhere. Perfect form, tackling low, and being at that ruck. When Rae Gill came on late in the first half he immediately showed how special of a player he is. Some of the best rugby I have seen from any forward playing in this country.. no joke.. Rae is one of those players you love watching when they play like they do.
All of the Regis forwards played well.
Forward of the match is Kevin Kohman, with Rae Gill a very close second.
Regis scored 35 points in that second half to overcome a good team.
Final score – 35-24, Regis win.