Rugby Team Ready to Maul Competition

Christian Jarrett scores the first rugby touchdown in St. Paul’s history at last Saturday’s scrimmage against Lake Area Rugby. (photo by Mike Dvornak)

Christian Jarrett scores the first rugby touchdown in St. Paul’s history at last Saturday’s scrimmage against Lake Area Rugby. (photo by Mike Dvornak)

The St. Paul’s Rugby team may be new, but is restless to start the season off with a win in their inaugural season opener against Jesuit tomorrow.

“The team is very well prepared for the upcoming game and season,” Head Coach Donald Hart said. “The team has been practicing since last spring and is anxious to start playing.”

The Rugby team scrimmaged Lake Area Rugby this past weekend, and tomorrow will face Jesuit in their first official game of their first season at City Park in New Orleans.

“Three teams are going to be strong against us. One of them is our first game, which is Jesuit,” Hart said. “Shaw and Brother Martin are the other two teams that will be good, but honestly nobody in our league is a pushover. They all have years of experience behind them. What we have is size, desire, and speed.”

According to Hart, many teams came to the scrimmage and will come to tomorrow’s game to see what the Wolves can do. Everyone on the SPS team is a rookie except Christian Jarrett, who has three years of experience.

“I think the upcoming season is promising with the athletes and coaching staff we have,” Jarrett said.

The rugby team had a chalk  talk last week, during which they went over strategy with each other. According to Hart, they decided to play conservatively during the scrimmage to save their weapons for the opening game against Jesuit.

The newly developed team already loves rugby with a passion.

“When I first heard of rugby, I wasn’t sure about it. But, some of my friends convinced me to join, and I have been in love with it since,” senior Quinn Anglada said.

According to Jarrett, if you aren’t playing rugby but are curious about it, you should definitely try it and should not doubt it until your first game.  In fact, it is not too late to join the SPS rugby team. Interested players need only show up to a practice at Ozone Park, where the team practices every weekday at 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Rugby Wolves, visit the team website.

See related story: Rugby Quickly Sweeping St. Paul's

 

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