Spring Hill College Spoils South Alabama Rugby Debut

November 1, 2010 · Filed Under Rugby · Comment 

The University of South Alabama Rugby Football Club kicked off its inaugural rugby season this past Saturday at Spring Hill. The weather was perfect and the match was well attended. The Jags started out with some impressive defense pressure to pin Spring Hill deep in its own territory. Penalties hurt the inexperienced South team and field positioned changed. The Jags played with their backs to their own goal line for the next several minutes.  Big tackles by inside center Kye Cole and flanker Jayvon Jackson kept Spring Hill from scoring. The offense finally broke through and scored a try approximately 10 minutes into the game. The conversion was missed putting Spring Hill up 5-0.

The next 25 minutes saw back and forth action with hard running and crushing tackles by both squads. Outside center Gabriel Torres had some long runs but the Jags were unable to capitalize. The Jags best chance to scored came on a penalty play near the Spring Hill goal line. After several phases the Jags were again penalized and Spring Hill was able to move down the field.   The opposition was able to put together a good series of phases and score again with just 3 minutes remaining in the half. The conversion was missed again.  The score at half was Spring Hill 10, USA 0.

The second half saw several substitutions by each team. The Jags were heavily pressured by the more experienced Spring Hill players. Strong team defense and tremendous personal play on the part of the Jags kept Spring Hill from scoring for the first 20 minutes. Then the dam broke. Spring Hill was able to score 3 more tries in the final 20 minutes to blank the Jags 31-0.

In the spirit of rugby an additional 20 minute period was played at the end of regulation so that all members of both teams could get substantial playing time. For the Jags, scrumhalf and captain Ruben Lugo led the team with his good play.  And prop forward Scott DeGraw, locks Jonathan Orso and Hayden Haynie were the Ironmen of the day playing the entire 100 minutes. Although there were many great tackles and very few missed tackles the defensive award, or “The Hammer” (for best defensive performance) goes to the outside center, #13 Gabriel Torres. He was a force around the park all day, and managed to disrupt the attacking team’s momentum. Man of the match had several great attacking runs only to be stopped by the third and fourth tacklers at the last lines of defense, he found daylight several times by picking up and running off the back of the scrums, he distributed the ball well and as captain he set the pace and provided a good example for his teammates to follow.  Man of the Match was scrumhalf #9 Ruben Lugo.

The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm on field #4 at the intramural fields. All students are welcome to join the team. For more information please visit the website www.southalabamarugby.com. Go Jags!

South Alabama Rugby Update

October 14, 2010 · Filed Under News, Rugby · Comment 

South Alabama Rugby is up and running at full throttle.

South Alabama Mens Rugby Group Photo

The men’s team will be sending participants to the Deep South Selections Camp to tryout for the Deep South Collegiate XV’s All-star squad. The selected few will represent the Deep South Rugby Union as they compete against other regions over the next year.

South Alabama Womens Rugby Group Photo

Both the men’s and women’s teams have been working hard to prepare for their matches. South Men’s will open their first season with a match at Spring Hill College at 12pm on Saturday Oct. 30th, and both teams will compete in the 32nd Annual Battleship Rugby Tournament at the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama (November 13-14, 2010)

Women’s Rugby Recruiting Interested Players

August 25, 2010 · Filed Under News, Rugby · Comment 

Women’s Rugby at South Alabama is a strong possibility. Significant interest at JagFest has moved the rugby organizers to open the sport to women of South Alabama. The Lady Jag’s will be recruiting. Any interested girls should contact April Hill

All rugby players need to attend the first team meeting scheduled for Sept 14th at the new rec center meeting room at 6pm for practice and match schedules, officer elections, information about club dues, and also to fill out and exchange contact information. Go Lady Jags!

First Rugby Team Meeting Scheduled

August 6, 2010 · Filed Under News, Rugby · Comment 

The club sport Rugby plans to host its first team meeting at 6PM on September 14, 2010 in the new Rec Center Meeting Room. The main topics of the meeting shall include:

  • Officer elections
  • Paperwork
  • Practice days and times
  • Match schedule
  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Club dues
  • Exchanging of contact information
  • General discussion

Contact information for the club president may be found here: http://www.southalabama.edu/sportsclubs/existingclubs.html

Anyone interested in joining the team is encouraged to attend this initial meeting.

Rugby Coming To South Alabama?

August 6, 2010 · Filed Under News, Rugby · 3 Comments 

South Alabama RugbyHint: The answer is “Yes.” Though there are several things still in the works, and details are very sparse at this time, it seems Rugby is coming to South with matches starting as early as this coming fall. This is still undergoing preliminary development as a club sport at this time. For more information, you can visit the Rugby booth at JagFest coming up on August 21st. The official website is coming soon, but you can likely keep tabs on southalabamarugby.com for more information as it becomes available.