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September 2001

Release Date: September 10, 2001

ASU Rugby Club Starts Season with Cowtown Tournament Win

Angelo State University's Rugby Club continued its winning tradition this past weekend with victories over John Brown University, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University to claim the Cowtown Tournament championship in Fort Worth.

In the season opener, ASU played John Brown University and, despite a few first-game mistakes, came away with a narrow 5-0 victory largely as a result of strong defensive tackling.

Then in the second game, ASU held on against Texas A&M for another 5-0 victory. ASU Coach Nick Flynn reported that A&M was within five meters of ASU's try zone when the referee finally blew the whistle to end the game.

With the victory, ASU advanced to semifinal match on Sunday and soundly defeated Texas Tech with a score of 32-3. ASU controlled this matching from the beginning, Flynn reported.

The victory led to a rematch with John Brown University for the tournament championship. The first half of the championship match was dominated by the ASU team which went into the intermission with a 19-0 lead. During the second half, both teams shored up their defense and held each other scoreless until the last play of the game when John Brown scored a try off of a tactical kick.

Flynn said that was the only try that ASU allowed during the entire weekend, allowing the ASU team to walk away with a 19-5 victory and the Cowtown Tournament championship trophy.

This is the third year that the ASU Rugby Club has been in the Texas Rugby Union Collegiate-Division II. Persons interested in information on the Rugby Club or in participating on the ASU team should contact Will Compton at 224-0448.

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