This weekend, Bobcat Rugby went head-to-head with conference foe Utah State — coming away with a 63-3 victory. MSU started strong, scoring the first try of the game and, never backed down. Utah State’s only score came from a penalty kick early in the game.
The Bobcats controlled the field with their dominating defensive performance. During rucks, several players contributed tries for the the team with senior Tristan Parchaminer contributing three tries and junior Shane McGrath adding another two.
This was the team’s “best performance to date,” said Bobcat Rugby President Brandon Marsh. “We are finally starting to understand the flow of the game and how to put points on the board.”
MSU has worked in practice to become stronger and to “score fast and keep momentum,” Marsh said. In addition, they have been working on learning the fundamentals of the game and understanding the responsibilities of each player on the field. “We have developed an attitude of being the most physical team on the field,” Marsh said.
The team has been improving each week with help from coaches Joseph Williams, Nate Hamrick and Ed McKenna. Earlier this year the Bobcats travelled to Utah to play in the BYU Cougar 7’s Invitational. There MSU placed fourth playing against BYU, Air Force, Utah Valley and Colorado State.
Next the Bobcats will travel to Colorado State to compete for the opportunity to play in the College 7’s National Championship next month. The team is also looking to increase their community service efforts in Bozeman as the fall season winds down.
[pullquote align=”right”]“We have developed an attitude of being the most physical team on the field.” — Bobcat Rugby President Brandon Marsh[/pullquote]
“Our team loves being Bobcats and representing our university,” said Marsh. Bobcat Rugby is currently working with other sports clubs and various administrative offices to promote an MSU indoor sports facility. This facility ideally would be used by clubs, intramurals, youth organizations and MSU entities such as the marching band.
MSU rugby will remain strong through the remainder of the fall season and look to continue to grow as a team during the break before their spring season. “This is a young team with outstanding talent,” Marsh said. The team has been showing strong retention which “will create in the future a solid foundation for Montana State Rugby.”
Bobcat Rugby has three tournaments left this season beginning with the CSU 7’s Invitational, followed by the Big Sky Cup at the U of Montana and ending the season with Utah State 7’s. The team finishes their fall 15’s season with a 1-1 conference record.
Editor’s Note: Brandon Marsh is the Marketing Director for the MSU Exponent.