Yesterday at Magnuson Park in Seattle, WWU Men’s Rugby Club met the Eastern Washington Eagles for the inaugural Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship.
Here is Director of Rugby, and Head 15’s Coach, Paul Horne’s report of the match:
It was a cold, windy, and at times rainy day at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, the venue for the Northwest Collegiate Championship between Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University. After 80 minutes of hard rugby, the WWU Vikings prevailed 38-14 over the EWU Eagles.
It was a hard-fought match that saw EWU score first and take the early lead 7-0. It was the only time they enjoyed the advantage as the Vikings answered on the next possession and evened the score at 7-7. WWU enjoyed a 14-7 lead at the half. The Vikings outscored EWU four trys to one in the second half and the reward was the NCRC Championship Cup. Scoring trys for WWU were team Captain Matt Jensen, Matt Tiscornia, Kevin Kinloch, Nathan Muir, Gio Trujillo, and Hayden Malan. Quinton Willms kicked four conversions on six attempts.
The Vikings were deserving winners. No one in the league worked harder in achieving the success. They were fitter, more clinical in their approach, and had better skill sets than their opponents. The NCRC record of 8-0 saw the Vikings outscore their opposition 447 – 72.
The victory qualifies WWU for the US Collegiate Sweet 16’s. They will be held in Austin Texas April 27/28. The other qualifiers will be determined after today’s matches. How WWU gets there is another story.
WWU Men’s Rugby
Director of Rugby