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The third round of Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference fifteens play on Nov. 18 was marked with three blowouts: LSU ran away from Arkansas, Texas A&M downed Oklahoma and Baylor handled TCU.

Texas Tech, playing the Quinn Noel Memorial Match (a non-conference friendly against Woodlands RFC), lost by three points and Texas fell to Arkansas State, 65-0. 

Below are recaps from each of the matches, along with reaction from the coaches.

LSU 51, Arkansas 15
LSU coach Scott McLean:
“Co-man of the Match was awarded to flyhalf Jack Remond and freshman scrumhalf Drake Roethele. LSU’s defense was solid all day with Joe Ruocco and Brennan Falcon keeping a very dangerous Hog halfback pairing on their heels with hard, consistent tackling.”

Arkansas coach Warren Fyfe: “We started really well and had the momentum in the first 20 minutes, but then unforced errors and giving up two soft tries in the middle of the first half swung the momentum the other way and we were never really able to get it back.”

Notable: Tyson Lucas, Zach Smith and Logan Jones all made their debut for Arkansas…The Hogs’ Alex Rees had a chip-and-chase try early in the match…LSU’s Todd Dupree played in his last match…LSU’s Hunter Breit converted all six tries and was 3 for 3 on penalty kicks.

Texas A&M 64, Oklahoma 15
Texas A&M’s James Lowrey:
“Seth Robinson’s excellent tactical kicking with wind behind their back in the first half put Oklahoma on the back foot from the get go…Credit to Oklahoma for never giving up as they didn’t waste using the wind when it was their turn in the second (half).”

Notable: A&M’s player of the day is freshman Kade Ball, from Westlake, Texas…In last year’s RRRCC Championship weekend in Austin, Oklahoma had a convincing win over the Aggies.

Baylor 50, TCU 8
TCU’s TeShay Flowers:
“Fielding a team with so many rookies presents its share of challenges. I am excited to see what this team will look like in the spring….We played Baylor even in the scrums, which is quite an accomplishment. Baylor’s higher rugby IQ and on-field leadership was the difference in this game.”

Baylor’s Mason Hering: “We came in wanting to improve in a few areas of our game that weren’t great in our preseason loss to Texas, namely set piece and defense. I was really pleased of how the guys were able to turn those into areas of dominance against TCU….We made a few too many mistakes trying to play too wide and fast, especially with the high winds.”

Notable: The Horned Frogs started 10 rookies…TCU’s Gavin Skirucha and Hunter Kam debuted in starting back row jerseys…Former Oklahoma State linebacker Brian Ciszewski debuted for Baylor at loosehead prop…Luke Davis, Stewart Morris and Ryan MacIntosh each scored two tries apiece for the bears.

Woodlands RFC 34, Texas Tech 31
In the first Quinn Noel Memorial match, the Woodlands scored a try in the 74th minute to seal the win. Texas Tech was awarded a penalty deep in the Woodlands 22 in the final minute, but couldn’t score after choosing to quick tap.

Notable: Several players debuted in the match, including Julian Salmond, a former defensive lineman that is developing into a promising prop.  Texas Tech’s Nigel Moyer and Jacob Hewgley — both Woodlands HS grads — debuted in their first XV matches. Tyler Watson, playing inside center for this game, was named man of the match. 

Editor’s note: Phil Terrigno is the head coach of Texas Tech men’s and women’s rugby.

Red River Collegiate Rugby Conference XVs results
Round One — Nov. 3-4

Texas 67, TCU 11
LSU 76, Houston 12

Round Two — Nov. 11
TCU 20, Houston 0
Texas Tech 53, Oklahoma 0
Texas A&M 45, Texas 14

Round Three — Nov. 18
LSU 51, Arkansas 15
Texas A&M 64, Oklahoma 15
Baylor 50, TCU 8

Round Four — Dec. 2 (final matches of the Fall 2017 semester)
Oklahoma at Baylor (to be broadcast on FloRugby)
Texas at Houston (to be broadcast on ElevenSports)
Arkansas at Texas Tech