Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – A Lone Star Conference Championship rugby game between No. 1 seed, Angelo State University vs No. 2 seed, University of North Texas was played Sunday on a perfect, spring-like afternoon that turned out to rain on ASU’s parade as UNT took the title of champion with a 35-22 hard fought victory, to keep ASU from a three-peat.  The title game was played at 12:30 p.m. at the ASU intramural fields.

At the outset, the mean green of UNT were in front, with an 8-0 lead. Two-time defending champ, ASU, cut the deficit to 7-8; but UNT came back and scored twice, 13-7 and 18-7 to put the Ram rugby team in a hole, temporarily. ASU came back and cut the lead to 18-17 at half-time.

In the second half, UNT offensively scored 17 points to ASU’s five and played solid defense to keep Ram rugby from its’ third title. On the bright side, ASU’s season is not dead, as it still has an opportunity to play for a national championship in the Cowboy Cup which is scheduled for March 24-25 at the University of Denver in Colorado.

UNT received its 1st place trophy from the LSC Rugby commissioner, followed by ASU’s second place finish and third place went to UTSA.

Austin Vandiver, ASU scrum half, stated the championship loss was a learning point but he emphasized that the team needed to keep grinding and keep their head up. “At the end of the day we’re going to keep working and try to get a national championship for San Angelo.”  

ASU’s next try at a national championship starts with practice scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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