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All ruggers are safe and accounted for. Some have been fortunate enough to donate their time, money and resources at shelters today. Tomorrow we will begin the heavy lifting and assisting those at their homes. Feel free to contact us via our website if you would like to know how you can support our efforts. Cheers. #iplayhurt #texasrugby #rugby #rugbyfamily #houston #harvey
HURT Sevens are the 2017 Bloodfest Men’s Open Cup Champions! Way to represent and make the HURT family proud!
Pool A Results:
HURT 33, Blacks (2) 7
HURT 29, SC7A White 0
HURT 26, Matadors 14
Men’s Open Cup Semi-Final
HURT 22, Reds (2) 15
Men’s Open Cup Final
HURT 32, Lonestar 7
Man of the Tournament: Greg Robertson
HURT Sevens has begun! Join us at the Tony Marron Park every Tuesday and Thursday for training at 6:30pm.
All experience levels are welcome to attend. Whether you’re new to the HURT family or rugby Sevens, join us for what is sure to be a great summer season!
For further questions, please contact HURT Sevens coach, Alex Liles @ 512-731-7599
RRRC Championships final score:
HURT enters the half with an 11-6 lead. However, 5 minutes into the second-half, HURT suffered a red card due a retaliation altercation with a Tulsa player. Despite being down a player, HURT led the match in the final 10 minutes. Unfortunately, Tulsa was able to capitalize and regain the lead with two penalty kicks. Congratulations to the Tulsa Rugby Club and good luck on Sunday.
In the D3 match, San Marcos’ back-line exposed the Henchmen and pulled away with the win early. The Henchmen held their heads high and demonstrated a lot of heart and were able to punch in a try in the final minutes.
Congratulation to HURT and Henchmen to another great season. See you all next year! And don’t forget, HURT Sevens start up in June! Check back for announcements and updates.
Final score: (8-0) HURT 71, The Woodlands Rugby Club 7
HURT locks the #1 seed heading into the D2 RRRC playoffs in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 6th-7th.
UPDATE: The HURT Henchmen (8-1-1) are officially the #4 seed of D3 RRRC and are headed back into the playoffs with HURT D2!
D2 RRRC: For the 5th consecutive year, HURT is the RRRC D2 South Division Champions! HURT continues its undefeated season with a solid victory over a very tough and hard hitting Woodlands squad. Seeding for the playoffs will come down the last match as HURT will travel up I-45 for a rematch with The Woodlands Rugby Club. HURT will look to lock up the #1 seed with a win.
D3 RRRC: Congratulations to the Lone Star Rugby Club for capturing the D3 South Division Championship away from the HURT Henchmen. Despite the loss, the HURT Henchmen are still in contention for the #4 wild card seed.
Playoff match-ups and seeding will be announced by the TRU as matches continue to be played in the final weeks of April. We will be sure to keep the Houston fans up-to-date as playoff details are released.
*Per the match report, the final score vs. The Woodlands on April 8th was 50-10.
Training has been moved to the The The Regis School of the Sacred Heart beginning this Tuesday, April 4th. Training will continue to be held from 7-9pm on Tuesday/Thursday until further notice.
FINAL SCORE: (8-0-1) HURT Henchmen 62, Galveston Rugby Football Club 17
HURT doubleheader final scores:
RRRC D3: (7-0-1) HURT Henchmen 82, Kingwood Crusaders Rugby Football Club 10
RRRC D2: (6-0) HURT 80, Alamo City Rugby Football Club 15
FINAL SCORE: HURT 46, San Antonio RFC 15
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ramiro Tuñón
FINAL SCORE: (4-0) HURT 33, (3-2) Katy Lions RFC 7
Despite down a man heading into the second half in a 7-7 game, HURT surged in rainy conditions to secure the top spot in the South Division of the RRRC.
Fullback Alex Liles and Flanker Desmond Birdow this afternoon after a victory at Katy to close out the season series. Big thanks to all of our sponsors!! HURT Travels to San Antonio next weekend. Info at www.iplayhurt.com #iplayhurt #RRRC15s #texasrugby #usarugby #saturdayisarugbyday #rugbygram #rugbypicture #houston
FINAL SCORE: (5-0-1) HURT Henchmen 71, (3-3) Bay Area Rugby Club 17
The Henchmen continue their unbeaten streak and overpower the Bay Area Rugby Club, 71 to 17. Special thanks to Bay Area for always bringing a tough side and a hard-hitting match.
Man of the Match: Rogelio Topete
This Saturday, February 25th, is a rematch of HURT Henchmen vs. Arrows RFC. The first time these two clubs met was back in November where the Henchmen narrowly defeated the Arrows RFC, 14-10. Kick off is 2pm at the Rice University Rugby Field off Rice Blvd. and Stadium Rd. Don’t miss it!
Visit IPLAYHURT.com for further details.
The Houston United Rugby Team proudly introduces the HURT and Henchmen lineups for the debut of the HURT Rugby Field! For further information, visit the Rugby Doubleheader: HURT vs. San Antonio & Henchmen vs Galveston Facebook event.
FINAL SCORE: (3-0-1) HURT Henchmen 24, (3-0-1) Lone Star Rugby Club 24
The Henchmen demonstrated miles of heart as they were down 14 points with 8 minutes left in the match versus Lone Star Rugby Club. Late game heroics by the Henchmen scrum provided clean ball for #8 Kevin Griffis to rumble in for the tie’ing score with no time remaining (pictured below). Special thanks to Lone Star for a tough, hard-hitting match. We look forward to the re-match in April.
Join us next week for the second doubleheader of the season that debuts the new HURT Rugby Field! The Henchmen will kick-off at 12:30pm against the Galveston Rfc in a D3 matchup; followed by HURT versus the San Antonio Rugby F.C. in D2.
CLICK HERE for the Facebook event page.
FINAL SCORE (FRIENDLY): HURT 43, Houston Athletic Rugby Club 7
In what hopes to become an annual event, the two biggest and most prominent clubs in Houston battled it out over the first weekend of the new year. HURT appeared to be in mid-season form as they overwhelmed HARC with a 43-7 final score. Special thanks to the HARC for hosting the match and good luck in your upcoming season.
Next match will be back to league-play as HURT looks to improve to 2-0 as they travel to San Antonio and take on Alamo City RFC.
Flanker Olly Mide, Prop LT Herman, and Lock Phil Moore all with tough running in a 43-7 win over HARC yesterday. Photos Courtesy of Mike Fortey. #iplayhurt #texasrugby #usarugby #saturdayisarugbyday #rugbygram #rugbypicture #houston
The D1 Houston Athletic Rugby Club – HARC will host the D2 Houston United Rugby Team – HURT on Saturday, January 7th at the former British School of Houston. Bragging rights are on the line as the two most prominent rugby clubs in Houston clash in what is expected to be a very competitive match!
The match is a friendly and will consist of 40 minute halves with rolling subs of a 23-man roster. Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend. Join us in supporting Houston rugby!
See the Facebook Event for details.
From the opening kick-off, the Henchmen started strong and did not let up. The forwards were in control of the rucks and set pieces while the backs put up a big number on the scoreboard. Credit to the Kingwood Crusaders as they played hard for the entirety of the match and special thanks for hosting a great post-match party at the ZZ Gator Cove in Humble.
Man of the Match: Roy Carrillo
Next match will be the first HURT doubleheader of the 2016-17 season. The Henchmen will kick-off against the Bay Area Rugby Club in a D3 matchup; followed by HURT versus the Katy Lions Rugby in D2. Post-match festivities to be held at Taps House of Beer. Visit the Facebook Event for further details.
Over the weekend, the HURT Henchmen held on to win the first cup-match of the 2016-17 season with a final score of 14-10 over the Arrows RFC. In a very close and competitive match, the difference was a goal line stand by the Henchmen in the final moments of the match with two men down. Credit to the Houston Arrows for bringing the fight to the defending South Division champions. This looks to be the start of a great rivalry between our two clubs.
Special thanks to the great hospitality of the Western Academy for hosting the post-match festivities.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ramiro Tuñón
Pictured above is the Henchmen captain, Tommy Locke, as he aims to break through the Arrows defense.
Last season, the Henchmen captured the D3 South Division title as they went undefeated in league-play. However, after a disappointing early exit in the playoffs, the Henchmen will look to build on their inaugural season’s success and continue to be a contender in the South Division and beyond.
Join us in welcoming the Arrows to the RRRC in their home opener. For further details, click on the image below to open the Facebook invite hosted by the Arrows.
Training for the HURT & Henchmen rugby season has begun! Practice is from 7-9pm every Tuesday & Thursday. Boots on at 7pm.
Join the HURT Facebook group to stay up-to-date on any changes/updates/cancellations on training and matches.
While the new HURT training grounds are currently under maintenance, practices will temporarily be located at 4211 Watonga Blvd. (formerly the British School of Houston). Training will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9pm. The new HURT training grounds (shown below) are in close proximity to our temporary practice field. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. See you at training!
While the new HURT training grounds are currently under maintenance, practices will temporarily be located at 4211 Watonga Blvd. (formerly the British School of Houston). Trainings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9pm. The new HURT training grounds are in close proximity to our temporary practice field. Further details to follow.
HURT’s annual “first practice” will be held at Taps House of Beer on Tuesday, October 4th starting at 7pm. This will give prospective players the opportunity to meet the coaches and players of our club.
LIKE the HURT Houston page on Facebook to stay up-to-date with any updates.
UPDATE: Join the Facebook Event! Accept, Share, Invite! See you all there!
In rainy and wet conditions, HURT sevens started the tournament with a record of 2-1 in pool play with their only loss coming from the Bonobos. HURT advanced to the Cup Semi-Final where they defeated the Austin Huns 24-19. The Cup Final saw a rematch between HURT and the Bonobos. Down 19 at halftime, HURT stormed back to force extra time and ultimately captured the Cup Final by topping the Bonobos, 41-36.
Well done, HURT! Great way to start the Sevens season.
As the XV’s season ends, Sevens rugby begins! HURT Sevens rugby training begins Thursday, May 26th at Tony Marron Park, 808 N. York St. Houston, TX 77003. Training starts at 6:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday. For any additional questions, please contact Justin Blocker (281) 961-7508. Join the HURT Sevens Facebook group for the most up-to-date information on practice and tournaments.
RRRC SEMI-FINALS: HURT 25, Dallas Reds 13
RRRC CHAMPIONSHIP: HURT 25, Little Rock Stormers 43
After defeating the Dallas Red in the Red River Rugby Conference Semi-finals, HURT battled Little Rock for the Championship. Unfortunately, HURT’s pursuit for a conference championship fell short. This loss was a tough one to swallow. However, HURT should be proud of being a top 16 D2 club in the nation, an undefeated regular-season and a 4th consecutive South Division title. The 2015-16 season is one to remember.
Good luck to the Little Rock Stormers as they continue on to the national championships.
- Coaches of HURT and the Henchmen, Rob Potter and Dan Green.
- HURT major sponsor: Cyrus Proximity
- Henchmen major sponsor: Fluid Sealing Products
The success of the Houston United Rugby Team is possible because of all your hard work, dedication, and contributions. Cheers.
RRRC SEMI-FINALS: Henchmen 5, Austin Blacks 45
The Henchmen suffer their first loss to an experienced and disciplined Austin Blacks (D3) in the RRRC semi-finals in Austin, TX. Although the year did not end the way the Henchmen wanted, going undefeated and winning the South Division title in the team’s inaugural season is something to be tremendously proud of. If the Henchmen can accomplish all those things in its first year, imagine what the team can do in the years to come. Great season, Henchmen!
The playoff schedule for the RRRC Championships have been announced. The semi-finals will take place on May 7th and the Championship on May 8th. Check the TRU Website for further details.
HURT (D2) and the Henchmen (D3) end their season with a combined record of 20-0 in two divisions of rugby competition. Both teams have their eyes set on the playoffs which will take place in Austin, TX, May 7th & 8th.
FINAL SCORE: (8-0) HURT 87, The Woodlands 7
HURT backs (pictured above) Andrew Haskell and Jadeon du Toit scored 6 tries between them in the win vs. the Woodlands. Since the club’s inception in 2012, HURT remains undefeated at home with a combined record of 18-0. This season also marks the 4th consecutive year that HURT has won the south Division title of the RRRC D2.
FINAL SCORE: (12-0) Henchmen 51, The Woodlands 24
Winners are grinners… again! In their inaugural season, the Henchmen are the South Division champions of the RRRC D3 with an undefeated record of 12-0.
Big special thanks to the coaches of HURT, Dan Green and Rob Potter. The club’s success is credited to these two individuals as they have dedicated themselves to this club and the HURT family. Cheers to you both!
FINAL SCORE: (7-0) HURT 41, San Antonio RFC 5
For the fourth consecutive year, HURT are the RRRC D2 South Division Champions!
FINAL SCORE: (11-0) Henchmen 36, Corpus Christi Crabs 10
FINAL SCORE: (6-0) HURT 45, Alamo City Rugby Football Club 19
(10-0) Henchmen 75, Lone Star Rugby Club 0
2015-16 RRRC D3 South Champions!
FINAL SCORE: (9-0) Henchmen 80, Kingwood Crusaders 10
In his first match back from an offseason injury, eightman Desmond Birdow, proves to be a handful for the Kingwood defense as the Henchmen roll over the Crusaders 80-10 Saturday afternoon.
FINAL SCORE: (8-0) Henchmen 52, Bay Area Rugby Club 29
Henchmen Derek Chaplin, Blake Horn, Rogelio Topete, and some guy in the background who turned thirty today, celebrate moving to 8-0 for the season after a tough 52-29 win over the Bay Area Rugby Club this afternoon!
FINAL SCORE: (5-0) HURT 52, Katy Lions 12
TRIES: Trever Wilganowski (2), Stephen Brown, Paul Baumer, Will Ferrier, Olly Laseinde, Dennis Walker, Mike Wong
CONVERSIONS: Gareth Gibson (3), Tyler Jurney (3)
Video courtesy of Grant Cole and T5RDG.
FINAL SCORE: (7-0) Henchmen 65, Galveston 15
HURT BOX SCORE:
TRIES: Jerry Melchor (3), Tito Bautista (2), Rogelio Topete (2), Cameron Lyons, Fernando Sanchez, Jay Westcot, Jayson Rhoton
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (4), Rafael Casas
Winners are grinners; another strong performance by the Henchmen in Galveston as they remain undefeated and on-top of the D3 south division.
In a tough and bruising encounter, the Henchmen overcame a halftime deficit to pull out a win in La Porte, TX. The Henchmen remain undefeated with a 6-0 record. Next match for the Henchmen is February 20th at Galveston while HURT battles the Katy Lions the following weekend.
FINAL SCORE: (6-0) Henchmen 30, Bay Area Rugby Club 23
HURT BOX SCORE:
TRIES: Paul Bamer, Erik Aguilera, Paul McEvoy, Scott Thompson
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (2/4)
PENALTY KICKS: Scott Thompson (2/2)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Scott Thompson
HURT Henchmen Inside Center Erik Aguilera makes another bullocking run at the Bay Area defense as forwards Devin Musik and Nathan Stiers loom in support on the inside.
HOUSTON (Thursday. February 4th 2016) – Houston United Rugby Team (HURT) has reached agreement with the Geoje Rugby Club (Shrimpgoats) of South Korea for the acquisition of Prop/Flanker/Center/Winger Laurence True Herman III. Laurence returns to Houston after a 16 month stint of 10’s competition in South Korea. The 6’-1” 230-pound native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan will look to shore up the back-line as HURT enters the second half of the cup season. A charter member of Houston United Rugby Team, LT holds team records for the most positions played in a cup match and career, gaining him the nickname Util-LT. In return, the Shrimpgoats will receive cash considerations and a player to be named later.
(D2) HURT and the (D3) Henchmen rugby squad traveled up I-45 to battle their new-founded rivals. Thank you to the Woodlands for hosting a hard-hitting doubleheader. We look forward to our rematch scheduled in Houston on April 23rd.
HURT and the Henchmen remain the only undefeated teams in their respective south divisions. Next match is the Henchmen vs. the Bay Area Rugby Club in La Porte, TX on February 13th.
(4-0) HURT 52, The Woodlands 17
TRIES: Andrew Haskell (3), Dennis Walker (2), Gareth Gibson, Tyler Jurney, Matthew Mechtly
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (5/8)
Man of the Match: Dennis Walker
(5-0) Henchmen 24, The Woodlands 0
TRIES: Derek Chaplin, Richard Sigala, Scott Thompson, Tito Bautista
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (2/4)
Man of the Match: Scott Thompson
As a mark of respect, HURT and the Henchmen wore gold armbands on Saturday in memory of former Woodlands and Kwaggas flanker, Tiaan Brand, who passed away earlier this month. Rest in peace, mate.
FINAL SCORE: (3-0) HURT 36, San Antonio 3
TRIES: Stephen Brown, Binh Bui, Gareth Gibson, Keegan Mukabana, Olly Laseinde
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (4/5)
PENALTY KICKS: Tyler Jurney (1/2)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Binh Bui
HURT 8-man, Mike Wong, climbs high to secure line-out ball for another attacking raid on the way to a 36-3 win in sloppy conditions.
FINAL SCORE: (4-0) Henchmen 68, Galveston 0 (28-0 played forfeit points)
TRIES: John Smith (2), Jonathan Hibbs (2), Scott Thompson (2), Juan Fer Nada, Fernando Sanchez, Jonathan Schnacke, Richard Sigala, Chip Price, Grant Wilkie
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (3), William Shaw (1)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Tito Bautista
Henchmen scrum half, Fernando Sanchez, sends it wide in Saturday’s win over Galveston RFC as his forwards, Manuel Pitts and Simon Tito Bautista, provide security to the ruck.
FINAL SCORE: (2-0) HURT 32, Alamo City 20
MAN OF THE MATCH: Olly Laseinde
HURT withstand a roaring Alamo City in the second half to capture their second win of the season. Special thanks to Alamo City for a very hard fought match and great post-match social. League play will continue for HURT and the Henchmen on January 16th as they battle San Antonio and Galveston, respectively, at home.
HURT kicks-off the 2015-16 season with a decisive victory and the Henchmen remain undefeated with a nail-biting win.
(1-0) HURT 51, Katy Lions 15
(3-0) Henchmen 36, Corpus Christi Crabs 32
HURT resident speed-man, Stephen Melville Brown, looks to break the defensive line in HURT’s convincing 55-17 win over Katy in their first cup-match of the season.
HURT and the Henchmen host the Katy Lions and Corpus Christi Crabs this Saturday (12/5) at the Rice University Rugby Field.
First match is a battle of the undefeated in D3: Henchmen vs. Corpus Christi Crabs @ 1:00pm.
HURT’s first cup-match of the season will kick-off shortly afterwords: HURT vs. Katy Lions @ 2:40pm
Post match festivities will be held at Taps House of Beer. Come support your local rugby club! All are welcome to join.
Please join HURT for the third annual bear drive for Bennett’s Bears held at the Joystix Classic Games & Pinballs.
Bring a boxed Build-A-Bear or gift card and enjoy three hours of free games in the Joystix showroom. Eighteen Twenty Lounge will be open next door for refreshments. For more information on Bennett’s Bears, please CLICK HERE to watch a video provided by KHOU.
HURT Henchmen Lock, Nathan Stiers, climbs high with the assistance of Tomasz Perski & Ricardo Buritica as they work toward a 66-0 victory over Kingwood at the Regis School on Saturday.
(2-0) Henchmen 66, Kingwood Crusaders 0
TRIES: Cameron Lyons (2), Tito Bautista, Will Ferrier, Jason Blocker, Andrew Haskell, Steven Brown, Jay Wescott, Jerry Melchor
PENALTY TRIES: Tito Bautista
CONVERSIONS: Stephen Brown (6), Paul Baumer (2)
MAN OF MATCH: Chip Price
The Houston United Rugby Team fielded two teams in the 5th Annual Lone Survivor Tournament:
- HURT (D2 RRRC)
- Henchmen (D3 RRRC)
The conditions were cold and rainy as the HURT and Henchman squads played a combined 280 minutes of rugby. HURT qualified into the Cup Division but fell to the Allen Griffins in the semi-finals. As for the Henchman, in their first ever appearance on the rugby field, captured 1st place of the Plate Division by defeating the Katy Lions.
The Henchman will look to continue their winning ways in their first cup match vs. the Lone Star Rugby Club on Saturday, November 14th. HURT’s first cup-match will December 5th vs. the Katy Lions. See the Match Schedule for more details.
Henchmen captain Jay Westcot (left) and HURT President Jonathan Schnacke (right) accepting the 1st place Plate Division plaque.
Training for the 2015-16 season has begun! Join us for practice at the British School of Houston at 7pm every Tuesday & Thursday. No experience necessary.
Our first training of the year had a great turnout and a lot of new faces! Pictured below are some of the 57 players who came out to practice. It’s an exciting year for HURT. Come be a part of it!
Please join our FACEBOOK page for the most up to date information.
The Houston United Rugby Team will hold the “first practice” in their new home: Taps House of Beer. The event begins at 7pm on Thursday, September 10th. All are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for new prospective players to meet and greet HURT coaches and players.
Contact Dan Green for additional details @ 713-518-6525.
The Henchman will join Woodlands (D3), Bay Area Rugby Club, Kingwood, Galveston, Lonestar and Corpus Christi in the newly formed D3 South. McAllen, San Marcos, San Antonio (D3), Austin Blacks (D3) and The Horde will form D3 Central.
HURT will continue to field their first-team in Division II of the RRRC as they defend their South Division championship.
Congratulations to the HURT Sevens Squad on a successful Saturday at the Space City Sevens in Clear Lake. They were undefeated when the tournament was shutdown due to lightning in the area.
This tournament concludes a very strong Sevens season for HURT. The 2015-2016 XV’s season will begin this fall and training will start in the up-coming weeks. Check back for updates.
Men’s Open Division – Pool Matches
HURT 14 AUSTIN BLACKS 2ND 10
HURT 19 AUSTIN EXILES 14
HURT 44 SHREVEPORT 5
After going unbeaten through pool play in the open division with wins over Austin Blacks 2nd, Austin Exiles & Shreveport, HURT’s day came to a halt in a tough semi final loss to The Woodlands. It’s unfortunate to not make the final but it’s a very positive start to our summer sevens push. Great job Gents!
HURT Sevens training has begun!
Training is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting at 6:30pm @ Tony Marron Park. NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED! The first tournament of the summer season is Bloodfest in Austin on June 20th.
Join the HURT and Co Rugby 7’s 2015 Facebook group for additional details OR contact Justin Blocker @ 281-961-7508.
For the third consecutive year, the Houston United Rugby Team has won the South Division title. HURT earns the final 5 league points needed in their 98-3 win vs. Bay Area and advance to the RRRC playoffs. The playoffs will be held in Dallas from May 16-17.
FINAL SCORE: HURT 98, BAY AREA 3
TRIES: Stephen Brown (3), Keegan Mukabana (2), Sam Enari (2), Chip Price, Rob Potter, Gavin Boak, Jonathan Linnett, Rafael Casas, Ryan Marshall, Jasper French, Aaron Durke, Jerry Melchor
CONVERSIONS: Stephen Brown (4), Gareth Gibson (3), Gavin Boak, Aaron Durke
MAN OF THE MATCH: Cameron Lyons
HURT remains undefeated at home since it’s inception with a solid win vs. Katy RFC. With one match remaining, HURT is 5 points away in the league standings from being crowned the South Division Champions for the third consecutive season. HURT travels to La Porte to take on Bay Area Rugby Club on May 2nd to end their cup season. HURT needs a win and 4+ tries to clinch a playoff spot for the Red River Rugby Conference Playoffs.
FINAL SCORE: HURT 62, KATY LIONS 12
TRIES: Dennis Walker (3), Aaron Durke (2), Keegan Mukabana (2), Gavin Boak, Tyler Jurney, Jonathan Linnett
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (6)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Binh Bui
The Woodlands take advantage of HURT’s penalties and pull out a win with 5 converted kicks for goal. HURT and The Woodlands are now tied in the standings but HURT owns the tie-breaker with the head-to-head point differential total. HURT controls it’s own destiny and must obtain 10 more league points in 2 remaining games to win the South Division and guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Special thanks to The Woodlands for the the hard fought battle and the post-match social.
FINAL SCORE: HURT 21, The Woodlands 22
TRIES: Gareth Gibson, Gavin Boak
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (1)
PENALTY GOALS: Tyler Jurney (3)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Dennis Walker
FINAL SCORE: HURT 103, BAY AREA 0
TRIES: Dennis Walker (3), Justin Blocker (2), Gavin Boak (2), Marshall Brown, Stephen Brown, Chris Brown, Tyler Jurney, Keegan Mukabana, Jonathan Barbee, Jerry Melchor
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (14)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Tyler Jurney
MATCH #2: HURT DEVELOPMENT VS. GALVESTON
FINAL SCORE: HURT 64, BAY GALVESTON 14
TRIES: Gareth Gibson (2), Juan Fer Nada (2), Jerry Melchor (2), Stephen Lopez, Chip Price, Aaron Durke, Pablo Cancino,
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (9)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Stephen Lopez
HURT dedicates their win vs. Alamo City to Peter Starling. Pete was a great supporter of HURT and Texas Rugby. Thank you to Alamo City for joining in the moment of silence before the kick-off.
FINAL SCORE: HURT 63, Alamo City 19
TRIES: Ryan Marshall (3), Keegan Mukabana (2), Jonathan Linnett (2), Robert Cambell, Marshall Brown, Tyler Jurney, Chris Brown
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (4)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ryan Marshall
FINAL SCORE: HURT 28, The Woodlands 21
TRIES: Stephen Brown, Ryan Marshall, Dennis Walker
PENALTY GOALS: Tyler Jurney (3)
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (2)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Tyler Jurney
MATCH #2: HURT DEVELOPMENT vs. DEADWOOD
FINAL SCORE: HURT 28, The Deadwood 12
TRIES: Jayson Blocker, JD Holcomb, Jerry Melchor, Jay Westcot
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (4)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Jerry Melchor
FINAL SCORE: HURT 51, Alamo City 3
Special thanks to This is Texas Rugby for attending the match and the following write-up:
“Houston, TX – The temperature at Rice’s Rugby Pitch never got above 42. The drizzle stopped for only a few minutes a couple of times. The wind blew steadily. Overall, perfect rugby weather.
Alamo City got it’s scoring in early with a Penalty Kick from Texas St alumni Kevin Kemp just a minute after the kickoff. Then, HURT took eight minutes to turn on their offense. When they did, it was a simple 8-man take from the base of a scrum that sparked the motion.
In a wet and cold match that should have seen very few passes past first receiver, flyhalf Ryan Marshall skipped a pass to big Dennis Walker who looked like he was going to take on Alamo City all by himself. Just before contact, Walker dished out out to fullback Gareth Gibson who had a 2-on-1 overload with wing Marshall Brown in support. Twenty meters out, Gibson fed Brown into space and Brown rumbled to score in the corner.
Alamo City never waned in the defensive efforts, but when the ball was not in anyone’s possession, they seemed hesitant to pick up and go. HURT displayed no qualms about falling on loose ball to secure possession. Better-than-expected ball-handling in less-than-desirable conditions, strong work by the flankers and tight five at the breakdowns, and hard running the 8-man and the midfield that bunched up the defense made up HURT’s gameplan and they executed with perfect effort for a solid, 9-try win of 51-3.”
TRIES: Gavin Boak (2) , Dennis Walker (2), Jonathan Barbee, Desmond Birdow, Binh Bui, Marshall Brown, Gareth Gibson
CONVERSIONS: Tyler Jurney (3)
MAN OF THE MATCH: Binh Bui
The D1 teams shined as the Austin Huns pulled out a tournament win in the final vs. HARC. The future looks bright for HURT as several rookies stepped on a rugby pitch for the first time. HURT played a mix veterans and rookies on the field to give invaluable experience to their players. The tournament ends preseason play for HURT. The first cup match of the season is vs. Alamo City on November 22nd.
HURT holds off a late comeback from the Houston Athletic Rugby Club in a final score of 24-19.
ATTENTION ALL PLAYERS:
Regrettably mother nature has got us again today. Due to continued rain on the British School surface we are forced to cancel tonight’s practice. I know all of you would have the tenacity to train in bad weather but it is a safety, field care and logistics issue. If you have the means to go to the gym and get in a workout please do. There will be no club sanctioned training until our next scheduled practice next Tuesday, September 23rd. If you would like to further discuss this feel free to call me at 713-518-6525.
-Director of Rugby Dan Green.
The first practice of the 2014-2015 season is Tuesday, September 23rd. HURT’s campaign for the title of 2014-2015 Red River XV’s has begun. Be sure to join our facebook group and check for status updates on Hurt Houston.
Practices are ever Tuesday and Thursday. All players must have their boots on by 7pm and ready to go at the British School. Click HERE for directions.
HURT advanced to the championship match by defeating the Dallas Red 46-20. Unfortunately, the winning streak ended there. While HURT dominated the tempo of the match by brilliant rugby phases, Little Rock capitalized on their counter attack and delivered a, hard-to-swallow, 33-30 loss to Houston. Congratulations to the Little Rock Stormers for becoming the Red River Rugby Conference champions of 2014 and good luck in nationals. We’ll see you next year!
A special thank you to the Austin Huns for graciously hosting the D2 and D3 championships of 2014.
While HURT’s XV season is over, rugby sevens will begin in the early summer. Stay tuned as HURT looks to become a top contender in Texas sevens.
HURT closes the regular season with a 36-16 win vs. Alamo City. The first-half was dominated by HURT who took an early lead of 26-0. Alamo City stopped the bleeding in the second-half as they outscored HURT in the last 40 minutes. However, it was not enough to overcome their deficit as HURT continues its dominance in the South. HURT remains undefeated vs. all South Division opponents since their inaugural season in 2012 (12-0). The win improves HURT’s record to 9-1 as they enter the playoffs as the #1 seed. Special thanks to Alamo City for a hard-hitting match; it is always a pleasure to share the field of battle with their great club.
HURT 36 ALAMO CITY 15
Tries: BOAK 2, CAMPBELL 2, LINNETT, WALKER. CONV: JURNEY 3
Next Match: TRU Playoffs from May 3rd & 4th in Austin, TX
Final Score: HURT 77 BAY AREA RUGBY CLUB 17
Tries: MARSHALL BROWN 5, JUSTIN BLOCKER 3, KEEGAN MUKABANA 3, DENNIS WALKER 2. CONVERSIONS: TYLER JURNEY 4, SCOTT THOMPSON 1, MARSHALL BROWN 1
The photo above was taken by Denise Jakob. To see more photos of the match, please visit the Bay Area Rugby Club’s FACEBOOK page.
Revenge is sweet as HURT clinches the South Division title of the Red River Rugby Conference and eliminates Shreveport from playoff contention. A year earlier, it was Shreveport who knocked out HURT’s chances from entering the post-season. To give credit to the opposition, it was a hard fought match in soaking weather conditions. The win gives HURT back-to-back championships in the South and is guaranteed a playoff berth in May. HURT continues to dominate at home with a perfect record of 10-0 since its inauguration. With the final home game in the books for the 2013-2014 season, HURT travels to Bay Area and Alamo City and looks to further solidify its stranglehold in the South and cushion its lead for the #1 seed in the playoffs.
Special thanks to the Railyard Houston Neighborhood Bar for hosting the post-match festivities and to HURT winger Jason Blocker for providing and cooking deliciously grilled burgers.
Final Score: HURT 43 SHREVEPORT 10
Tries: BOAK 3, NEWMAN 2, TEANEY, WALKER. CONVERSIONS: JURNEY 3, NEWMAN 1
Man of the Match: DENNIS WALKER
It was a tough loss for HURT as they succumbed to the bitter cold and wet weather conditions of Oklahoma. OKC took advantage of HURT’s needless penalties and while the score was close throughout the entire match, the Crusaders broke the line in the final minutes to solidify their win. Hats off to OKC; it was a hard fought battle. HURT will keep their heads high and learn from this loss.
Final Score: HURT 15 OKC 28
HURT looks for retribution on March 15th when they host Shreveport. HURT still holds the #1 seed and controls their own destiny. Come out to support Houston rugby as the final stretch to the playoffs begins.
FINAL BOX SCORE – HURT VS LITTLE ROCK (FEB 22, 2014)
(TRIES: BOAK 2, BLOCKER, NEWMAN, M.BROWN. CONV: JURNEY 4)
LITTLE ROCK 25
(TRIES: NOBLE, PALMIERO, HUGH. CONV: HUGH 2. PEN: HUGH 2)
MAN OF THE MATCH – BEN TEANEY
NEXT GAME: HURT @ OKLAHOMA CITY – MAR 01, 2014
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Match Report by Head Coach, Dan Green:
Subzero temperatures and overcast skies greeted HURT as they arrived in Oklahoma to take on northern rivals Tulsa. Days of snow had preceded them leaving parts of the pitch still covered and frozen. HURT had a somewhat travel monkey on their back after losing both on the road to Frisco & Shreveport last season and were keen to shed any stigma they may have inherited. Tulsa on the other hand were ready to get back to an even keel after losing their first two matches, they had a last start victory and HURT was the next step for them.
The referee blew time on and Tulsa kicked the game off starting a tough, physical opening ten minutes as both teams tried to find a weakness in their opposition. First to capitalize on that was HURT center Dennis Walker on the end of a crisp backline movement that saw him fend off his opposite number and scamper down the right flank for the games first try. The big hits continued up the middle for the next ten minutes until the speedy Tulsa winger Jon Moore finally found some space and scored in the corner. All tied up after thirty minutes at 5-5 then HURT center Keegan Mukabana made a bust, created an overlap and fed the ball to winger Marshall Brown who powered over the cover defense to score and give HURT a hard fought halftime lead of 10-5.
After a quick drink and a discussion about how glorious the conditions were the game got back underway almost the same way it started with Dennis Walker creating a hole and scoring near the uprights. Tyler Jurney added the extras against his old club and HURT sprang out to a 17-5 advantage. Tulsa kept up the fight especially in the forwards making HURT earn every yard they gained and were awarded a penalty right in front which they converted to add another three points to their tally. The sixtieth minute rang in the changes and the fresh legs for HURT and replacement winger Jay Westcott made the most of his opportunity scoring his third try in just two appearances pushing the lead further out to 22-8.
Tulsa rallied as the home crowd got behind them and took advantage of a HURT lapse in concentration to crash over for their second try which when converted brought them back within a score 22-15. HURT used this as a wakeup call and found another gear, starving Tulsa of possession while watching the clock tick down. As Tulsa tired, repeated infringements continued to cost them dearly as HURT received a string of ruck penalties culminating in the yellow carding of a Tulsa player and a penalty conversion for replacement Scott Thompson. HURT was up 25-15 with five minutes remaining.
This put HURT up two scores and effectively removed the game from the grasp of Tulsa a point which on the stroke of full time Man of the Match Dennis Walker hammered home emphatically as he crossed for his third try of the day. Thompson converted to close out the road win for HURT 32-15.
Strong games from forwards Carl Newman & Ben Teaney and a powerhouse defensive display from fly half Binh Bui gave HURT the tools to work together as a unit and come out on top. Special thanks to Assistant Coach and Scrum Half Rob Potter for organizing the ground transportation and thank you to Tulsa Rugby Club for being great hosts after the match.
Next game for HURT is against unbeaten northern powerhouse The Little Rock Stormers and will be played on February 22nd at The British School of Houston kicking off at 2pm.
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FINAL SCORE: HURT 57 KATY 12
(TRIES: BOAK 2, WESTCOTT 2, BARATTA, CASAS, JURNEY, MUKABANA, NEWMAN. CONV: JURNEY 6/8)
Match Summary provided by the referee, Andy Cuthbert:
“Dry, sunny with a light breeze made for perfect conditions. HURT stamped their intentions early by running the ball straight back from the kick off to score and convert within two minutes. They continued in this vein, attacking Katy with very good running lines, adding another 40 points to no score from Katy. In the second half, after a hiatus for an injured player, the tempo picked up and Katy, who began winning second and third phase ball had HURT on the back foot. This successful management saw them cross the line twice and they were able to stem the tide of tries from HURT. Some late argy-bargy was soon dispelled and the two teams got back to the order of the day, but Katy’s resurgence was too late to alter the final outcome. Despite the fracas (which apparently wasn’t totally unexpected, except by the referee, since there was a ‘history’ between the teams) it was a pleasurable game to referee.”
FINAL SCORE: HURT 44 ALAMO CITY 25
(TRIES: WALKER 3, SCOTT, JURNEY, MUKABANA, M.BROWN, BLOCKER. CONV: JURNEY 2)
FINAL SCORES & BREAKDOWN
HURT XXIII 61
(TRIES: BOAK 2, SCOTT 2, WOOD 2, BLOCKER, BROWN, JURNEY, MUKABANA, WALKER. CONV: JURNEY 2/9, THOMPSON 1/2)
BAY AREA 12
HURT DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 58
(TRIES: BARATTA 4, CASAS 2, GIBSON, GILLAN, LAVERGNE. CONV: THOMPSON 4/4, AGUILERA 1/5, PEN: THOMPSON 1/1)
GALVESTON RFC 37
From Head Coach Dan Green:
HURT VS KATY – NOV, 23
Two days of heavy rain had left the pitch in Katy soaked as HURT arrived to open their season against the Lions. After winning the toss HURT Captain Chris Scott elected to run with a strong wind in the first half and the ref blew his whistle to commence HURT’s 2013/14 campaign.
After just four minutes the HURT backline broke through and put fullback Scott over for the first score of the day. Winger, Tyler Jurney converted the try and HURT was out to an early 7-0 lead. Shortly after the restart fly-half Matthew Echezabal capitalized on some flimsy defense around the ruck and scored HURT’s second try. Converted by Jurney it pushed the score out to 14-0. Ten minutes of fierce attack and defense ensued until Justin Blocker scored on the end of a HURT counter attack taking advantage of a Katy drop ball. Converted it took HURT out to a quick 21-0 lead.
The slick conditions made it a tough forwards tussle but the HURT pack was able to take control of the breakdown and enabled the backs to get clean ball. An advantage the HURT center pairing of Dennis Walker and Keegan Mukabana made the most of. In the eighteenth minute Mukabana took a short pass from Echezabal and crashed over for his first try. The next ten minutes were a bonanza for the pairing, with Walker scoring first then Mukabana scoring two more tries in the space of four minutes. The half ended with Jurney scoring his second and finishing the half with a perfect kicking record the score was 56-0 at the break.
Predictably, and with the strong wind at their backs the Lions came out with a renewed sense of vigor in the second half but strong work in the forwards from lock Derek Chaplin, hooker Jonathan Schnacke and new recruit Rob Campbell kept the opposition in check. Some more crisp short passing from the backs put Chris Scott over six minutes into the half. Jurney lasered the conversion, 63-0. As the conditions deteriorated the game turned into more of a ruck and maul struggle, with that came the heavy shots that come with a close in game. After soaking up many of those shots, big Welshman Gavin Boak crashed over to reply in the best way possible and with Jurney adding the extras 70-0.
Two minutes later wing Justin Blocker made another raid down the right touchline and scored in the corner setting Jurney a challenge to keep his perfect kicking record. Sabotage accomplished as the kick sailed wide. Katy fought hard the entire game and it was rewarded in the sixtieth minute when their winger crashed over in the corner capitalizing on a HURT lapse in concentration. Re-awoken HURT responded with a quick counter as Carl Newman barged over for a well earned try.
The last twenty minutes was a scrappy affair as both teams fatigued by the heavy surface lost concentration and dropped a lot of ball. Katy regained composure and their hard working lock set up a consolation try with ten minutes left. HURT got its defense together and closed out the game with a mauling try to replacement prop Blake Horn. Final Score HURT 89 Katy 12.
A solid start to HURT’s regular season with many positives to build on. Great games from BARC transplant Keegan Mukabana, super-rook Brian Flynn and a Man of the Match performance from fly half Matthew Echezabal stood out in particular.
Special thank you to Charlie Brown and the Katy Lions for being fantastic hosts at the after-match social at Bryant Ice House.
Next match is the HURT Home Opener against Bay Area on Dec 14.
HURT 89 (TRIES: MUKABANA 3, BLOCKER 2, SCOTT 2, JURNEY, BOAK, ECHEZABAL, HORN, NEWMAN, WALKER. CONVERSIONS: JURNEY 12/13)
KATY 12 (TRIES: FRENCH, BUIST. CONVERSIONS: BUIST 1/2)
For the second straight year, HURT reaches the semifinals of the Lone Survivor tournament. While the end results may be the same, HURT made a statement by winning all three pool matches. Revenge was sweet as HURT shutout the Austin Blacks, who defeated HURT in the semi-finals last year, by blanking the D1 powerhouse 27-0 and dominated Fort Hood 41-12. However, the Woodlands avenged their loss to HURT from two weeks ago in the semifinals. Overall it was an extremely positive outcome for HURT. There were minimal injuries and new players received exposure to the game. HURT has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with.
From Coach Dan Green:
So proud to be HURT today. Keep your heads high. Huge win against one of the the best Div One teams in the country and just ran out of gas in overtime against The Woodlands in the semis. Enjoy a cold beer and an ice pack Gents, you’ve earned it.
(D1) THE WOODLANDS 19, (D2) HURT 14 in Overtime
TRIES: LOPEZ, TEANEY; CONV THOMPSON 2
HURT 27, (D1) AUSTIN BLACKS 0
TRIES: BOAK, MUKABANA, TEANEY; CONV: THOMPSON 3. PEN: THOMPSON 2
HURT 41, (D3) FORT HOOD 12
TRIES: BOAK 2, JURNEY, TEANEY, BLOCKER, ELAHMAD, POTTER; CONV: THOMPSON 3
HURT defeats The Woodlands Rugby Club to a final score of 34-31. The friendly consisted of four 20 minute-quarters with rolling substitutions. HURT scored 22 unanswered points in the first two quarters and defended against a roaring comeback from The Woodlands.
FINAL SCORE: HURT 34, THE WOODLANDS 31
TRIES: CASAS, WALKER, M. BROWN, HILLER.
CONVERSION: JURNEY 2, THOMPSON 1
PENALTY KICK: JURNEY 2
A huge thank you and a Happy Birthday to Reza Ganjineh, CEO of HURT sponsor CYRUS PROXIMITY shown here presenting HURT Captain Jonathan Schnacke with his brand new jersey before todays game against The Woodlands! Thanks for your support and the pizzas too mate! We look forward to bringing you more wins in the future!
HURT XV’s first “practice” is at The Railyard Houston Neighborhood Bar on Thursday, September 5th. All are welcome to attend.
Training begins at the British School of Houston on Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm.
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HURT finishes in the top half of the standings in the Texas Sevens Series Standings. Out of 23 teams, HURT Sevens ranked top 8 with 25 total points. This was HURT’s first Sevens season and look forward to topping the league next summer.
See the standings below:
Coming up next:
HURT XVs 2013-2014 season begins! More information to come.
Mark your calendars! The HURT comes to the Cherrybone. More information to follow.
CHERRYBONE MEMORIAL SEVENS UPDATE:
HURT 1st Side goes down in a heartbreaker to the Bonobos 21-19, while the HURT Social Side opens up with two wins against the Deadwood and the Hardwood.
CHERRYBONE MEMORIAL SEVENS UPDATE:
It’s been a tough afternoon for HURT as we move into the evening session of the tournament and hopefully it provides a boost for our fortunes. In what has been a familiar story this sevens campaign games have been decided by the bounce of a ball. So close but so far. Todays 1st side results bare the same story.
HURT 1ST SIDE
BONOBO (FT WORTH) 22 HURT 19
THE WOODLANDS 21 HURT 14
HURT SOCIAL SIDE
HURT BEAT THE DEADWOOD (WOODLANDS)
HURT BEAT THE HARDWOOD (WOODLANDS)
HURT LOST TO KATY
CHERRYBONE MEMORIAL SEVENS FINAL UPDATE:
It would seem that HURT are better under lights!! A semi final win against cross town rivals BARC catapulted them into the Bowl Final against Fort Polk. The soldiers were very fit but HURT’s skill wore them down! HURT WINS THE BOWL!
HURT 1ST SIDE 36 BARC 7
HURT 1ST SIDE 33 FORT POLK 14
Thanks to the HURT Social Side which made the Shield Final going down to Katy.
Great day of rugby!!!
For more information, check out the Texas Rugby Union webpage.
See the map below.
LONE STAR SEVENS TOURNAMENT FINAL UPDATE FROM HEAD COACH DAN GREEN:
The day was full of mixed fortunes with wins against San Antonio & The Woodlands but losses against Shreveport & El Azul. In the final, HURT faced off against tournament veterans: The Sperms. An exhausted HURT outfit fought valiantly but finished just a little short losing 26-14. A great effort by all those involved and and all bodes well for the Cherrybone Sevens on the 27th in the Woodlands.
THE SPERMS 26 HURT 14
HURT 19 SAN ANTONIO 16
SHREVEPORT 24 HURT 21
HURT 26 THE WOODLANDS 10
EL AZUL 14 HURT 10
On Saturday, June 22nd, HURT will be taking part in the first National Sevens Qualifier of the year. The tournament takes place in The Woodlands, TX at the Alden Bridge Sports Park. Rugby seven squads from all over the country will be fighting for a chance to be in the National Championship at the end of the summer.
HURT NEEDS YOU!!! Come join HURT on the sidelines and cheer on your local Houston rugby team.
See the map below.
UPDATE FROM HEAD COACH DAN GREEN:
Guts effort from HURT today in ridiculously hot conditions in the Woodlands for the Sevens National Qualifier. They gave 100% all day but a lack of team continuity showed (this is only there second 7’s tournament together). Looking forward to seeing them perform well in their next event. Thanks to all that came out to support us.
KANSAS CITY UNITED 14 HURT 7
DENVER BARBARIANS 42 HURT 5
DALLAS REDS 26 HURT 0
HURT will participate in the largest sevens tournament in the southwest. Bringing a full squad of 14, HURT looks to establish itself as a dominate force in sevens rugby in Texas. The tournament starts in the morning of June 15th in Pflugerville,TX. The event can be found on FACEBOOK. More news and results to follow.
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UPDATE FROM HEAD COACH DAN GREEN:
A spirited HURT team in their first sevens tournament for the year advanced to the plate final to take on the home town Austin Blacks. Unfortunately, Austin got the better of us today but a big congratulations to the HURT squad for the hard work they put in today.
AUSTIN BLACKS 31 HURT 7
So HURT Army… This is your warning order.
Next Saturday in The Woodlands, HURT goes to work again. The National Sevens Qualifier hosted by The Woodlands Exiles. A whole day of rugby from 8am to 7pm.
Come support us and bring the HURT!!!
Check out the FACEBOOK event for more details.
If you are interested in playing sevens rugby this summer, HURT is having training at the University of Houston main campus soccer fields at the corner of Cullen and Elgin. HURT’s rugby sevens training is held on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. HURT will participate in several tournaments this summer. Be sure to continue to check the website for updated tournaments schedules, dates and results.
If you are unable to play in tournaments, you are still encouraged to come out to training as it is a great way to develop skills and maintain fitness in the XV’s off-season. See the map below.
HURT defeats Rice University 43-19. The solid performance by the HURT 2nd side gives them an undefeated record in 2012-2013 season.
HURT dominates Katy 58-7. The win ends the 2012-2013 season with a record of 8-2 and #3 overall in TRU DII.
HURT defeats BARC 42-14 in a hard-hitting match to clinch the #1 spot in the south division. Details to follow soon.
HURT and BARC are two of the strongest teams in the South Division and will go head to head on Saturday, March 23rd. A HURT victory will solidify their dominance in the south and will be crowned DII South Champions. Unfortunately, the TRU has canceled the playoff match that is usually between #1 North vs. #1 South and have decided the overall top seed will represent the TRU in nationals. While HURT is still in the hunt mathematically, the top seed looks to be in the north between the Griffins and Shreveport. HURT looks to make a statement in their last two cup matches.
This is the last home game of the season for HURT. Come support your local rugby team as they battle BARC at 2pm on Rice University campus. Post-game festivities are held at the Railyard Houston on San Felipe.
The Houston United Rugby Team defeats Alamo City [52-5] to improve their record to 6-2.
After a tough loss against the Griffins [43-25], the Houston United Rugby Team looks to rebound at home against Alamo City on March 9th. In their previous match-up, HURT’s second-half comeback capped their 38-25 victory. HURT is in control of their own destiny. To be the Division II South Champions, they will need to win their last 3 remaing games of the season. Come support HURT and enjoy the festivities afterwards at the Railyard Houston.
Through missed opportunities and needless mistakes, HURT suffered its first loss of the season. HURT took the early lead and led at halftime but could not hang on to the victory against Shreveport [17 – 27].
Perfect conditions for rugby met the HURT 2NDXV as they took the field for their first game of the year against the Cougars of the University of Houston. With a number of rookies on both sides of the pitch antitpation was high to see what the next crop of players had to offer.
It didn’t take long for HURT to open its scoring account as scrum half Rafic Elahmad took a perfect inside pass five meters out from the Cougar line to score under the posts after three minutes. A Chip Price conversion and it was HURT 7-0. The next twenty minutes was back and forth with a lot of ruck and maul work in the center of the field. The Cougars took advantage of some ill discipline around the breakdown by HURT and slotted two penalty kicks to bring the score in to 7-6.
HURT snapped back into gear and showing great support awareness went 70 meters down the right wing to put new English recruit Andy Thornton over the line after the ball went through what must have been nine sets of hands! Eight minutes later Justin Blocker found some space out wide and recovered his own kick to score HURT’s third five pointer of the day.
Tough defense in the middle from Pablo Cancino, Kyle Brown and Nate Stiers continued to stifle the Cougar attack and after thirty five minutes HURT eight man Franco Basarabescu crashed over to take the score to 22-6. A lapse in concentration allowed the Cougars to get a lineout five meters out from the HURT line. A well constructed maul later and they had scored their first try of the day, making the score at the break HURT 22-11.
HURT was next to score when the game resumed after a crisp backline move put center Fernando Sanchez in the clear and with an offload to Rafael Casas another try was on the score sheet. HURT 27-11.
Spurred on by their hard running fly half the Cougars found some reserve plowing up the middle and scored their second try to bring the scores closer. This newfound vigor rubbed off on the forward pack and the Cougars crashed over again to bring them within a converted try of an upset. HURT 27-21. HURT circled the wagons and re-energized their defensive line repelling numerous attacks on their line in the last three minutes. The whistle was blown for full time with HURT coming out victors over the late charging Cougars 27-21.
– Coach Dan Green
HURT 2NDXV 27 (TRIES: RAFIC ELAHMAD, ANDY THORNTON, JUSTIN BLOCKER, FRANCO BASARABESCU, RAFAEL CASAS. CONVERSIONS: CHIP PRICE 1)
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON 21 (TRIES: 3 CONVERSIONS: 2)
Saturday at Rice University Rugby Field in Houston broughtperfect conditions for rugby. A cloudless blue sky and sixty six degrees greeted HURT and DARC as they kicked off for eighty minutes of the game they play in heaven.
Only two minutes had passed when HURT opened its account with Justin Blocker flying down the sideline to score after stronglead up work by Dennis Walker and Carl Newman. Five minutes later Walker would capitalize on a red zone scrum opportunitywith a splendid “Maori sidestep” over the DARC fullback to take the lead out to 12-0 after just seven minutes.
At the thirteen minute mark Walker took advantage of poor defense again to score his second try, converted by fly half Scott Thompson the game had barely a chance to restart before Walker’s center partner Marshall Brown streaked away and scored in the corner. HURT 24 DARC 0. Second tries to Justin Blocker and Brown took HURT into the halftime break with a commanding lead of 34-0.
The second half started very similar to this first except it was a different Blocker brother opening the scoring, Jayson Blocker carved a hole through the middle of the field and crashed over. It looked like one way traffic again but no one gave DARC that message and through a crafty set piece off a lineout they took advantage of a lapse in the HURT line and opened their scoring account with the Number 8 scoring their first try. HURT 34 DARC 7.
DARC’s hopes of a comeback were soon dashed by a brilliant one man effort by HURT prop Jon Linnett as he bulldozed over six defenders on his way to score. The next ten minutes was a tough back and forth affair until flanker Matthew Echezabal broke through to score under the posts and with Rafael Casas conversion HURT crossed the half century. HURT 52 DARC 7.
A second try to Jayson Blocker, to take the Blocker family tally to four tries for the day led to Laurence Hermann scoring a late well deserved try in the sixty fifth minute. With both tries converted by Casas the score sat at HURT 65 DARC 7.
In a good show of heart and determination DARC’s forward pack found a lost gear for the final ten minutes and after camping in the HURT twenty two for the majority were rewarded with a final minute try to close out the game. Final score HURT 65 DARC 14.
A great day of running rugby under a perfect Texan sky was appreciated by all who came out to support HURT. Thank you to all those who made the day possible, a special thanks goes out to Trey Melcher at the Railyard and the folks at Red Bull Houston for making the after match party a success.
– Coach Dan Green
HURT 65 (TRIES – JUSTIN BLOCKER 2, JAYSON BLOCKER 2, DENNIS WALKER 2, MARSHALL BROWN 2, JON LINNETT 1, LAURENCE HERMANN 1, MATTHEW ECHEZABAL 1) (CONVERSIONS – RAFAEL CASAS 3, SCOTT THOMPSON 2)
DARC 14 (TRIES – 2, CONVERSIONS – 2)
MAN OF THE MATCH: DENNIS WALKER
The Houston United Rugby Team stays undefeated in 2012 by beating Oklahoma City [24-13], at Rice University.
An over cast warm day greeted HURT’s arrival in San Antonio to play Alamo City. A hard dusty pitch had a fast game of rugby written all over it. So with those conditions to deal with and a brand new set of jerseys to christen HURT got set to receive the opening kickoff.
The opening stanza was hard fought in the middle of the field with neither side giving much ground until the 16th minute when Chip Price found himself the extra man on an overlap and ran in the first try of the match. The conversion from Scott Thompson was wide [HURT 5 – ALAMO CITY 0].
The wind in their sails from Price’s try HURT put the pressure straight back on after the restart with new convert Matthew Echezabal making a break before standing up the fullback and scoring HURT’s second try under the posts. Thompson added the extras [HURT 12 – ALAMO CITY 0].
With the game slipping away from them Alamo City spurred themselves into action and taking advantage of some sloppy defense scored their first try in the 26th minute. A penalty kick for goal straight after the restart and the score had closed in [HURT 12 – ALAMO CITY 8]. HURT would spend the next ten minutes one man down with a player given a yellow card for shoulder charging. Alamo City capitalized on the ensuing confusion with another try in the 36th minute[HURT 12 – ALAMO CITY 13]. With home support urging them on Alamo City got another break with a length of the field try just before the halftime whistle. It was converted to give the locals an eight point lead at the half [HURT 12 – ALAMO CITY 20].
HURT regrouped during the break and refocused on the task at hand and that was rewarded nine minutes after halftime when Marshall Brown crashed through the Alamo City line to score. Thompson converted to bring the lead back to a point [HURT 19 – ALAMI CITY 20]. Five minutes later Brown crossed for his second try taking advantage of sustained pressure on the Alamo City line by the HURT forward pack’s relentless pick and go. With the defense compressed quick hands got the job done. Another conversion from Thompson and the lead had changed hands [HURT 26 – AC 20].
With “blood in the water” and fresh legs coming on from the sideline HURT picked up steam as the surface of the field turned into a dust bowl. Sixty five minutes in Thompson took a short ball near the Alamo City line and barged over to score HURT’s fifth try of the day [HURT 31 – ALAMO CITY 20]. HURT’s forwards were rolling now and through great handling and rucking the line opened again for Brown’s third try of the day! Rafael Casas slotted the extras and HURT could see the finish line [HURT 38 – ALAMO CITY 20]. The last ten minutes was a brutal slog in the dust with Alamo City scoring a consolation try in the final minutes. The referee blew the final whistle and HURT had recovered from the eight point half time deficit to finish victors [HURT 38 – ALAMO CITY 25].
Overall a great guts effort from all involved, we still have lots to work on but there were plenty of positives to draw on! Next game against Oklahoma City in two weeks should be awesome!
– Coach Dan Green
TRIES: Marshall Brown (3), Echezbal, Chip Price, Scott Thomposon
CONVERSIONS: Scott Thompson (3), Rafael Casas
HURT #23 vs Alamo City
[Linnett, Schnacke, Price, Oliver, Lopez, Henderson, Echezabal, Lavergne, Jurney, Thompson, Elahmad, C.Brown, Hermann, Blocker, Gibson, Casas, M.Brown, Rodriquez, Acosta, Nada, Percival, Stiers, Galbraith]
Congratulations to Justin Blocker, Tyler Jurney, Rafael Casas, Barrett Lavergne, Mathew Oliver & Chris Brown for being selected in the two team squad for the Houston Energy All-Star Team to play the Austin Blacks A’s & B’s on December 8th in the Woodlands.
Congratulations to L.T. Herman. Jeremy Ureche & Stephen Lopez who were also selected but were unavailable due to injury and personal reasons.
Well done gents. We know you will represent Houston well and make HURT proud!
Revenge is sweet for the Houston United Rugby Team as they defeat the Bay Area Rugby Club in La Porte, TX, 29-17. Although losing to BARC in last week’s tournament, HURT wins when it matters in their second cup match of the season and advance to 2-0.
TRIES: Rafael Casas, (2) Jonathan Linnett, and Jeremy Ureche
CONVERSIONS: (3) Scott Thompson
DROP GOAL: Scott Thompson
MAN OF THE MATCH: Marshall Brown
In the opening match of the tournament, the Houston United Rugby Team shutout Katy in a decisive 29-0 victory. Despite losing the next two matches, HURT received enough points in their previous win to advance to the semifinals of the tournment. HURT would lose to the Austin Blacks but not without a fight. HURT had the Division I powerhouse on their heels as they led in the final minutes of the match. With their strong outing, the Houston United Rugby Team portrayed their ability to play with the best of’em and look to go 2-0 in the cup standing vs. Bay Area on November 10th.
The Houston United Rugby Team wins its season opener and the club’s inaugural match vs. the Katy Lions, 19-18.
TRIES: Justin Blocker, Gavin Boak, and Jonathan Linnett
CONVERSIONS: (2) Scott Thompson
MAN OF THE MATCH: L.T. Herman
The Houston United Rugby Team’s season opener is at home vs. the Katy Lions on Saturday, October 20th. The match will take place at Rice University at 2:00 p.m.
Match results will come shortly after.