COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M dropped 35 unanswered second half points on a battered Texas team to win the Inaugural Allied Rugby Conference XVs Championship by a score of 45-5 in College Station. Texas had a strong first half, but could not match the stepped-up intensity that Texas A&M brought after halftime. With this win, Texas A&M swept the ARC by winning championships in both 7s and XVs.
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The first half proved a back and forth affair. The Aggies drew first blood with a back line move out of their own in-goal that ended with wing Brian Guillen race 80 meters down field for the first of his brace of tries on the day. Texas #8 and Captain, Danny Cotton, ended his brilliant first half by running the ball into a wall of Aggies. With Cotton’s bell most certainly rung, Texas substituted Rafeal Segovia who soon found his path across the whitewash to dot Texas’ one and only try. Texas A&M answered back with just a few minutes left in the half as lock John Deao scooped the ball from the base of a ruck and stepped to the weakside to race 20 meters in for his contribution to the Aggie first half. Neither team could split the uprights in the first half, thus the score was 10-5 in A&M’s favor at halftime.
In the second half, Texas A&M increased the tempo of play and spun the ball wide. Five tries were converted and unanswered as scrumhalf Matt Theodore, flyhalf Conor Mills, outside center Lukas Jacobson, Guillen and left wing Grayson Dowlearn all found in-goal.
In the first game of the day, “the game that never was” finally found purchase as Texas Tech soundly defeated a beleaguered Oklahoma squad, 82-7. Oklahoma fielded a team minus seven starters due to injury and sickness, while Tech only sat one starter. The Red Raiders displayed clinical backline attacks and a superb “bend, don’t break” defense to win the day so decisively.