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After a fall semester that saw the Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference crown a 7s champion (Arkansas) and begin its 15s slate, the conference resumed its season on Jan. 20.
Baylor and Texas Tech played a league match, which the Bears won convincingly, and LSU stepped out to face national powerhouse Life in a road fixture.
Baylor 59, Texas Tech 17
In the spring opener for both teams, the Bears opened up a 33-0 lead and never looked back.
"I thought a lot of our success came from capitalizing on Tech mistakes,” Baylor coach Mason Hering said. “We did a good job of keeping the pressure on which helped force some errors that we turned into tries."
" I was very pleased with our set piece play overall especially with the high winds. We were able to set a solid platform in our set piece which allowed us to break the gain line and recycle the ball quickly."
Freshman Griffin Maat scored four tries for Baylor.
"He's just an instinctual try scorer,” Hering said. “He's got a knack for getting across the try line. A lot of it comes from quick and decisive movements while the defense is napping."
Texas Tech scored twice via lock Chris Payne and once via inside center Bobby Flinn.
Life 103, LSU 0
In its spring opener against a non-conference opponent, LSU played highly-ranked Life and was shutout on the road in Marietta, 103-0. LSU is the RRRCC runner-up from last season and has started conference play with massive wins over Houston and Arkansas.
Tigers coach Scott McLean wrote in an email that the Tigers were “beat by a much fitter, experienced and well-drilled Life team.”
“LSU had a few changes to put points on the board, but failed to do so because of blown opportunities…good learning experience for our young team. Appreciate the hospitality of Life. They have a first class facility and are a top-notch organization through and through.”
Editor’s note: Phil Terrigno is the Texas Tech men’s rugby head coach and the interim commissioner of the RRRCC.