Tigers sweep pool, but fall in semi-finals to take third place
The Mizzou 7s team traveled to Kansas for the second time this year, this time along with the other six teams in the Heart of America. Tigers swept their pool as the defense remained strong allowing no points in any of the three games. After losing senior back Colin Kreager to a broken ankle in pool play, the Tigers missed his presence on the field. Here are the results of the day:
vs. Oklahoma State W 57-0
vs. Truman State W 45-0
vs. Kansas W 26-0
vs. Kansas State (semi-final) L 24-17
vs. Kansas (3rd place game) W 24-5
Mizzou sends off three outstanding seniors whose leadership has been an excellent example for Mizzou Rugby. 5th year senior Shane Glascott will graduate with a degree in accounting and start work for KPMG in St. Louis after completing the CPA exam. Senior Colin Kreager will graduate with a degree in strategic communications from the School of Journalism and has plans to travel all over the world immediately after graduation. Connor Fairfax has one more semester to complete in the Nursing program at Mizzou and will be graduating in December of this year. Thank you to these men!
Tigers struggle to find offensive consistency against Razorbacks, finish second place in Heart of America
7 – 38
In the Heart of America Conference championship matchup last weekend, Mizzou fell to Arkansas 38-7. A large crowd came out to support the Tigers in the final home 15s game of the season. The Razorbacks jumped out to an early lead scoring two quick trys, stifling the Tigers’ confidence early. Mizzou’s offense struggled with turning the ball over early in their own end, leading to the quick scores by Arkansas. Mizzou’s offense was not stagnant, however, but could not finish long possessions with points. On multiple occasions the Tigers positioned themselves deep in opposing territory, but committed a penalty or had the ball stolen by Arkansas.
The Razorbacks’ kicking game helped win the battle of field position, which led to many of their scores. The Tigers’ main deficiency in the match was their tackling. Broken tackles allowed offloads and long offensive runs for the Arkansas players. Defensively, the Tigers were also hurt by playing a man down for 10 minutes when Adam Cooley was sent to the sin bin for an illegal hit. Late in the game, Mizzou finally broke through with a run by sophomore 8-man James Glavin for a try. Gareth Jones converted. With the loss, Mizzou finishes in second place in the Heart of America with a 6-1 record.