Mar 5, 2016

Missouri Holds Off Jayhawk Rally
Kansas Falls to Missouri 31-21 in Merit Table

This was a good match to watch, just like the one between these two teams last fall. Only this time the Tigers prevailed. The intensity and heart of the sides was like last fall, but one thing was different. Missouri has worked on their passing more than Kansas. While the Tigers executed loops and getting the ball all the way to their wings, the Jayhawks frequently threw inaccurate passes or worse; threw to empty space. The Tigers looked crisp, while the Jayhawks struggled to recover balls that should have been advanced in their possession. The Jayhawks squad has so many players with years of experience, it was kind of surprising to see them play at this level. It’s not the mojo they had last fall. – What’s good is that it’s correctible. Come to practice and get reps running and passing.

It was in the mid 60’s, sunny, and a light wind blowing down field. It was ideal rugby weather. KU was against the wind in the first half.

*5 minutes – Tigers punted a penalty kick to the Jayhawk 5 meter line, out of bounds. Missouri won the lineout and attacked with 5 phases on the Kansas goal until their loosehead prop scored a try mid-left of the posts. Kick was wide. SCORE 5-0 Missouri

*15 minutes – Jayhawks fly half BRENDAN NACHBAR punted to the Tiger’s 10 meter line. Lock RYAN HARRIMAN recovered the ball and ran it to the goal line, but fumbled to the Tigers.

*18 minutes – BRENDAN NACHBAR again kicked deep to the left sideline, but it failed to get out of bounds. Missouri’s best player is their fullback who cleanly fielded the ball and who counter-attacked, using dummy pass skills to get past Kansas. He fed to his wing who scored going down the sideline and then ran to the posts to down the ball. Kick was good. SCORE 12-0 Missouri

*21 minutes – Missouri won a ruck and their #8 broke loose on the left side line and ran for 70 meters to score through the posts. Incredibly the kick was wide. SCORE 17-0 Missouri

*27 minutes – Tiger’s #8 was called for tripping the Jayhawk’s scrum half JOE CONNOR as Connor came after the ball in a lost scrum down. The ref had previously warned the #8, so he was yellow carded to the “sin bin” for 10 minutes and the Tigers had to play with 14.

*30 minutes – The Jayhawks drove to the Tiger’s 5 meter line. Kansas captain MATT HARMON playing tight head prop, got the ball off a ruck and pounded through for a try, just right of the posts. BRENDAN NACHBAR’s kick was good. SCORE 17-7 Missouri

*39 minutes – Kansas won a lineout on the Missouri 25. BRENDON NACHBAR kept the ball and dummy passed through the Tigers for a try just left of the posts. His kick was good. SCORE 17-14 Missouri

Halftime

*10 minutes – Missouri awarded a penalty kick 30 meters from the posts. They went for 3 and missed wide.

*17 minutes – Kansas awarded a penalty kick 30 meters from posts. BRENDAN NACHBAR’s attempt for 3 was wide.

*21 minutes – Missouri won a line out on the Kansas 15 meter. They brought down the ball and pushed a fast-paced maul to the Kansas goal line. The ball was fed to their loose head prop who dove between the posts for a try. Kick was good. SCORE 24-14 Missouri

*35 minutes – Jayhawks scrum half JOE CONNOR ran to goal line. One phase fed MATT HARMON who scored right of the posts. Kick was good. SCORE 24-21 Missouri

*39 minutes – Jayhawks drove to within 10 meters of the Missouri goal line and attacked with phase after phase. They worked the ball through their backs to the left side and a bad pass went to the Tiger’s fullback who dummy passed through the first Jayhawks and out-ran the rest the entire length of the field, scoring under the posts. Kick was good. SCORE 31-21 Missouri

End of Game

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