Men’s rugby avoids back to back losses over the weekend

DJ Henderson attempts to make a catch during the Lions victory against the St. Louis Bombers on Friday night.
Photo by Matias Kalm

GARRETT ANDERSON | Reporter 

The men’s rugby team defeated the St. Louis Bombers 29-5 Friday night after losing to Arkansas State by 23-29 in a previous match.

The Lions beat the Bombers twice last season with a score of 43-5 on Oct. 20, 2017, and 37-17 on March 2, 2018, with both matches located at Hunter Stadium.

Men’s coach Josh Macy knew that the weather would not be ideal. He said he was proud of how the team performed through it.

“The game was nuts. Our guys played in a couple of inches of snow and really made the most of it,” he said.

The Lions were locked in on defense, holding the Bombers to just nine points.

Freshman Sione Nasilai led the defensive effort in the win Friday night, according to Macy.

“We played physical defense, and it was a lot of double tackles made,” he said. “We made it a rough night for the opposition.”

Macy was also impressed with how the team battled through injuries.

“We had a couple of lower extremity injuries, but I think everyone will be fine,” he said. “It’s one of those things that if you can just push through and play hard, you don’t have to worry about it.”

The Lions will go on the road to face Life University on Feb. 23rd in Marietta, Georgia.

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