Austin, Texas. - It was an emotional game as the Army Rugby team returned to the pitch for the first time after an eleven month absence. The game took place on Saturday, 15 March in Austin against the University of Texas. Old Grads and new fans alike flocked to the pitch to see the Brothers' successful return, as they picked up where they left off with a hard-fought 41-5 win.
It was a tough game early on as both teams struggled to find the try zone. The Army side faltered initially with poor kicks and penalties, but was able to force in a try to score first after ten minutes of play. Another try by the pack in the 15th minute was followed by a successful conversion by the Firstie Flyhalf Blake Hunnewell to put Army up 12-0.
The Longhorns did not go down without a fight, however, as a strong push by their pack allowed them to punch in a try just before half, making the score 12-5.
In the second half, the Cadets shook off the rust and settled in to their style of play. The Brothers struck first out of the half with another try, and the points started rolling.
A great pass from Firstie Center Matthew Barber to Cow Winger Logan Pearce was followed by a great conversion from Hunnewell to put the Black Knights up 29-5.
After another successful try and conversion, Firstie Fullback TJ Rowe scored another try to end the game, leaving the final score Army-41 University of Texas-5.
The game marked a successful start to the team’s five game tour of Texas as well as a great return to the pitch. The Brothers would like to thank everyone who showed up to support them as well as the University of Texas side for providing a tough match.