BOULDER, Colo. – The Red River’s newest team wasn’t in the mix for last weekend’s conference sevens championship because of the length of travel, but LSU did pick up a solid nonconference victory in 15s over Arkansas.
The 53-5 win over the Razorbacks, a team that reached the D1AA National Semifinal last spring, was the latest in successful run outs for LSU. Team speed and fitness helped fuel the one-sided contest, but one Tiger stood out from the rest.
“We were able to take advantage of their mistakes, and received a very strong performance from Brennan Falcon,” said club president Zach Stratton. “He was solid in both defense and attack, and really led by example on Saturday.
“Overall, I felt it was a great test and team win that really helped us identify the weak points within our game.”
Prior to the Nov. 7 victory, LSU had already picked up wins over Texas State, Loyola University New Orleans, and Baton Rouge RFC. The continuous stream of victories has even been just enough to earn the Tigers a place in Canterbury’s D1A Top 20.
Although LSU has yet to prove its worth in the Red River or D1A Rugby, on-field consistency is noteworthy considering the program missed out on the majority of its competitive season last year due to suspension.
“We feel like we have regrouped from the suspension,” Stratton said. “We have gotten back people, like myself, from injury, and a strong class of freshmen have filled holes and strengthened depth.”
While the newcomers to the Baton Rouge campus have been a welcomed addition, top to bottom, the LSU roster does not lack experience.
“We have a squad this year that is very senior-heavy,” Stratton boasted. “With this seniority comes a team that has all played together now for at least two years, and has great chemistry on the field.”
Chemistry will not be lacking with the Tigers, but neither will confidence. Coming off suspension last year, LSU played eventual D1A semifinalist Lindenwood pretty tough considering it was the team’s first match following its suspension being lifted. After the Tigers brushed off some dust against the Lions, they earned a resounding, 39-0, shutout over Texas A&M. Now, LSU wants more.
“With our experience and hard work that we have been putting in this fall, we believe that we have a great chance of making a deep run, not only in the Red River, but in the D1A this year,” Stratton claimed.
The Tigers will close their fall campaign with hopes of finishing the semester 5-0 when they take on Louisiana State University at Alexandria Nov. 20.