Baylor, LSU and Oklahoma shine in Red River weekend

D1A Rugby: Baylor, LSU and Oklahoma shine in Red River weekend

The Red River Conference saw its fair share of action across three games this past weekend. No. 20 LSU ran away with 129 points in a shutout performance against Houston. The Tigers tallied ten tries in the opening 40 minutes; with another nine scores in the second.

Elsewhere in the Red River conference, Baylor edged Texas A&M by a final of 15-8 in a deadlocked match. Jonathan Cooper converted the games opening try in the 17th minute, with a successful conversation by Parker Vincent to make it 7-0. The Aggies answered with a try and penalty kick conversion late in the first courtesy of Ross Navarro. It would be the only scoring action by A&M, and the game would remain the same until Parker converted a penalty in the 49th minute, giving the lead back for good in favor of Baylor. A try by Tobechukwu Nduubuisi-Ulokwen in the games 66th minute ultimately secured the Bears lead further.

“I think both teams left a few points off the board which I guess should be partially credited to both team’s defensive effort,” Baylor head coach Mason Hering. “I know for us we have put a big focus all year on being aggressive on defense and trying to force mistakes from the attacking team.”

Hering was also quick to note the standout performances by senior 8 man Captain Pete Hamm, sophomore center Stewart Morris, and  senior lock Erriton Fuller.

Oklahoma’s attack clicked early and never looked back, beginning with a three-try opening half, two of which came from scrum half Manny Soto. The junior would add another try in the second half alongside tries by Luis Nunez, Luke Prosense, William Neff, Michael McCabe, and Robert Hiles.

The two squads met previously in the fall, with the Red Raiders topping the Sooners 34-30. That matchup was a back and forth affair until Texas Tech pulled ahead for good early in the second half, with Oklahoma hot on their tail until the final minute. Sooner’s head coach Doug Neubauer mentioned the benefit of more starters in the present matchup was key in the team’s victory.

“While we strive to not live and die by one or two players’ work, missing four was too much to overcome in October,” he said. “Since that [October] matchup our forwards have lifted their game and gained some confidence. Their ability to control much of the game allowed us to operate, as we wanted. That said we had a bit of a letdown in both halves that we will need to resolve as we progress through the spring.

Neubauer and the Sooners continue conference play this weekend when the travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks in a tilt on Feb. 4.

Texas Tech heads back to the Lone Star State in a matchup against TCU, while Texas hosts No. 20 LSU. Both games are also scheduled for Feb. 4.