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Weekend Match Report Oct 27

By Grant Cole, 10/30/18, 11:45AM CDT

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West Houston Lions - Doubly Victorious on Saturday!

West Houston Rugby Club put 18 players on the pitch in Katy, TX, 21 players on the pitch in Austin, TX, and NINE Mufasa on the Houston Olde Boys Rugby - HOBOs at the Masters Tourney. 49 players spread across three different teams competing in three different comps in one day!

Considering that last season West Houston played 42 individual club members in 16 cup matches, the weekend was a resounding success for the club!

I want to give a BIG shoutout to Ariel Perez who made the roadtrip to Austin and back with us just so he could film the match for WHL. When y'all see Ariel at practice, please be sure to thank him for the camera work.

The Games

Speaking of success, Mufasa traveled to Austin early in the morning to play rugby with the HOBOs at the Masters Tournament.While the HOBOs only when 1-2 on the day, this is still considered a success for West Houston, because without Mufasa there would not have been a HOBOs team at all. Additionally, one Mufasa started in the D1 match and two stood kitted up and ready as potential injury subs. Mufasa leads from the front!

The D1 Men's Friendly match between West Houston Lions and the Austin Huns kicked off at 2:25pm on Huns Field #1. Flyhalf Enrique Montano notched the first points of the match at the 3 minute mark after the Huns conceded a Penalty on their own 22M line directly in front of the posts. Four minutes later, Flanker Alex Elkins scooped up a botched pass by the hosts and rumbled forward enough to fall in-goal on the left side. 

The next ten minutes saw the Huns with momentum as their flyhalf missed one penalty kick, then notched one a minute later. After the restart, the Huns marched into Lions territory, put the ball in the hands of their explosive fullback Gio Bonilla, then Bonilla cut an inside angle to speed through a gap in the Lions' line and score the Huns first try. The Huns were ahead 10-8. That would be their only lead of the day. 

Two minutes later, Lions Center Irving Carcamo took a first receiver pass at 25 meters out and dropped the hammer to break through FIVE Huns defenders for a power try! Montano would convert. Just before halftime was called by Referee Scott Green, Montano called for a set-piece play. His quick ball delivery put Wing Darell Williams thru the gap in the 12-13 channel, Williams then delivered to Center Matoko Noudehou who caught the pass at a full gallop. Noudehou strode from midway to the 22 meter line before offloading to Fullback JC Emanelli at full pace. Emanelli sped away to score between the posts for an easy Montano conversion. The Lions were up 22-10 with halftime looming. 

But there were a couple of minutes left in the half and the Huns caught the Lions napping after the restart. The Welborn Twin Towers (the Huns locks) connected for a try right at HT. The try was converted and the Lions came to the sheds ahead 22-17. 

Elkins opened the second half scoring with a try soon after the second half started. Montano converted. Then a 20 minute long back and forth began between the two teams. That ended with Montano notching a PK to bring the score to 32-17 with 17 minutes left in the match.

The Huns found some momentum as they put Center Pita Naruma over the line from a 5m penalty. They converted that try, then continued to keep the Lions on the backfoot until the 79th minute when the Huns winger stepped back inside to sprint untouched for their final try and conversion. The Lions were still on top 32-31, but just barely. 

From the restart, the Lions put the pressure on. Then Hooker Gabe Romero (who earned Man of the Match honors) broke the gainline inside the Huns 22 and headed for the posts. He was tackled short of in-goal, but used the softest hands to offload to Prop Codi Jones in support and at pace with nothing to stop him from scoring the try. Montano converted and Fulltime was called with the Lions the victors 39-31! 

The TRU D4 Men's match between West Houston Lions and Galveston Rugby kicked off at 3pm at Katy City Park. The Lions opened the scoring with Front Row Robert Ware - recently returned from injury - rumbling in for five points. Fullback Geoffrey Calvert dotted down 14 minutes later, then Galveston had a blood sub as Flyhalf Neil "Beckham" Best slotted the conversion. Just before the half, Galveston suffered another Blood Sub only to answer it with a try by a front row players. The conversion was good which had the teams going to the sheds with West Houston up 12-7. 

The second half was ALL West Houston Lions as Center David Heffernan notched a hattrick, Center Dom Dobbins nabbed a brace, and Wing Gilberto Yssacis & Best got a try each. Lions sponsor extraordinaire, Matt McManus even notched a try. AND Coach Dan O'Donnell brought his kit to the match to sub in for Calvert with 14 minutes left. All that scoring resulted in another Lions victory of 68-7! 

This win puts the West Houston D4 squad firmly in control of the D4 Men's South competition. It also sees Neil Best on top of the points chart for this division with a try and nine conversions. David Heffernan now has the most tries scored in this division. D4 Comp Stats can be viewed here

The 8th Annual Lone Survivor Rugby Tournament

The 8th Annual Lone Survivor Rugby Tournament is this Saturday, 3 November 2018, at Walter Hall Park in League City, TX. First Game is at 9am and the tournament ends around 9pm.