The University of Montana Jesters rucked for possession, passed, tackled and kicked for field position during the MSU/UM rugby match last Saturday. The Jesters were up 19 to nothing in the first half, but MSU player Greg Pfister scored a try in the second half to bring the final score to 26-7, UM. The two teams then played a second game to give more players the opportunity to receive play time.
“We made adjustments at half, and in the second game we came to be more competitive. We did not play as a team in the first half and that is what decided the outcome of the game,” Badgers Coach Joe Williams said. “We did find positive results from the games that will help us become a better team for the rest of our season.”
Athletes that stood out for the Badgers were outside center Collin Laporte for his tenacious tackling, and in the second game, Austin Boucher for his fundamental play and hard run that resulted in a try.
“We appreciate the opportunity from Montana State to use [Bobcat Stadium], it was a great experience,” Williams said.
The Badgers’ next home matches are March 21 against Coeur D’Alene and and March 28 against Idaho State.