Starting 15- Cameron Amador, Patrick Hewitt, John St. Louis, Brendan Niland, Timmy Lynch, Jared Clements, Alex Yniguez, Rae Gill, Donovan Ronan, Matt Huff, Angel Mendez, Clayton Anderson, Andrew Hoy, Ian Brown, Beau Vrbas. (Bold indicates player was substituted out during match)
Reserves: Mark Huston, Kevin Kohmann, Brien Campbell, Max Weaver, Vic Gausepohl, Cody Hutchinson, Tom Walrod, Brayan Rodriguez. (Bold indicates reserve was substituted into match)
After a lengthy pre-season, with multiple home matches, Regis opened the season on the road to start their 2016 season. Regis is new to NSCRO, but the opponent is a familiar one, especially for all 3 coaches. UNC’s field was pristine, and the weather was perfect for rugby. Regis kicked off the match, and stole the ball in the air, but unfortunately was offside on kickoff. This did not stop Regis from quickly getting the ball back and getting the first try of the match, and a good conversion gave Regis a quick 7-0 lead and confidence. UNC was quick to get a break by their fly-half and get a try of his own, and with the score under the posts, the game was starting with quick strikes. Regis settled into their game with the forwards showing terrific effort in their support of each other and when the backline broke through. Donovan Ronan mastered the chemistry between quick forward ball, and spinning the ball wide to the backs. The ball was often so quick that Regis earned two penalty try’s. UNC was often caught deep when they did have the ball and had to resort to kicking, which allowed for Ian Brown and Angel Mendez to counter attack with speed and make back most of the meters gained from the kick. The rest of the match was all Regis, with only a few breaks into Regis territory by UNC, primarily by their 13, who is a tough runner and often required multiple tacklers. Regis was able to maintain possession on a majority of their set pieces, and limited their penalty count, which made a big difference in time of possession. Overall this match was dominated by the Regis forwards, and after they broke the gain line multiple times, Donovan would send the ball wide to the backs, which were able to convert the open space into try’s with regularity.