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It was a matchup of two teams that took two different roads to get to the Plate Final of the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Championships. The University of Idaho was taking a winning record and momentum into the game, while the University of Washington was just the opposite. This time, however, the Huskies prevailed in convincing fashion 33-12.
“Our team started slow, but neither myself nor our players lost confidence,” University of Washington coach Jeremy Nash said.
And rightfully so, because as the tournament went on, this young Husky squad seemed to show what they were really made of by getting faster and stronger.
Their confidence started against the WSU Cougars and from then on, a lot of things started clicking. Against the Idaho Vandals, the Huskies saved their best for last.
UW speedster Justin Santos started maintained and ended his team’s scoring and momentum throughout the match. From hitting gaps and getting to the outside edge on numerous occasions; he, Daniel Auerbach and Daragh Fitzpatrick provided all the scoring needed to secure a successful start to the Huskies 7’s season.
“We started to show our speed and physicality as the tournament went on and all our players that took the pitch played great,” Nash said. “Going forward this team can start turning a lot of heads. We will are going to see how well we do in the Pac-12 tournament and try to qualify for a national tournament. Now though we are using this tournament as a stepping stone and go from there.”
For the Vandals, it seemed to be just a matter of execution on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they got scores from Kenny Koopman and Lachlan Reed. However, defensively the Vandals just seemed to let too many gaps open up and teams magnified that mistake.