ARC Championship Preview

D1A Rugby: ARC Championship Preview


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Allied Rugby Conference is holding its championship weekend at the Rugby Pitch on the Texas A&M Campus in College Station on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Two matches will be played on the day and the ARC will live stream the matches on the conference’s Ustream Channel. The ARC will announce their All-Conference Team and make the Championship Cup Presentation.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

1 p.m. – Kickoff for #4 Texas Tech v #3 Oklahoma
2:30 p.m. – All Conference Team Presentation
3 p.m. – Kickoff for #2 Texas v #1 Texas A&M
4:30 p.m. – ARC Championship Cup Presentation

Championship Preview

Texas A&M finished the ARC regular season with a perfect 5-0 record. Much of the Aggies’ success can be attributed to the hard lessons they learned in their out-of-conference losses to LSU, Arkansas State, and BYU. As the season progressed, the Aggies tightened their pattern of play on both offense and defense. The Aggies have the most to lose this weekend and must play their best match of the year.
Texas’ 4-1 record was realized through excellent coaching and building their depth by playing a development side in the D1AA Southwest Rugby Conference. The Longhorns proved to be a second half team this season as they came from behind to defeat Oklahoma and Texas Tech. They also played an excellent final 15 minutes when they hosted Texas A&M, however they ran out of time. Texas has been plagued with injuries, so they must rely on their depth to pull out a win.

3rd/4th Place Preview

Oklahoma and Tech were denied their chance to best each other by a cruel fate out of their control. Saturday is their day of reckoning. Both sides boast strong, hard-running 8-men and a combination of speed and deception at outside center and wing. Each team has proven it can put plenty of points on the board. This match may prove to be a barnburner that will be decided in the final minutes. 
The Tech-OU match will be refereed by Texas C1 Referee, Andrew Brooks of Austin. National Panel Referee, Kurt Weaver, will referee the  championship game.
Tickets to the event will be $5 at the gate (children under 10 get in free). A flyer will be made available on campus and at the Championship Weekend’s Facebook Event Page. Presenting this flyer at the gate will gain the bearer $1 off admission.
Editor’s Note: The winner of the ARC will claim a spot in the play-in round of the D1A postseason on April 20 against Mid-South #2 (Life or Arkansas State).