The SFA rugby team placed second in the Fleet Memorial Sevens Tournament on April 6 at the Intramural Fields.
This tournament brought out universities from across Texas in honor of the memory of Dr. Robert R. Fleet. Fleet spent roughly 40 years teaching at SFA and is credited with being a long time coach of the rugby team.
“The teams were matched up evenly for a good competition on the field.” said Chastin Lee, a senior from Houston. “I would like to see rugby represented as a sport of great discipline and teamwork. It’s a new sport to America, so there’s opportunities for a lot of people to learn a sport.”
There are two main ways to play rugby with it being in a team of 15 or a team of seven. The main goal regardless is to score tries, the most valuable form of scoring in the game, where a player touches the ball in the in-goal, scoring 5 points and the chance for a conversion kick. Scoring this kick grants an additional two points.
“The tournament placement was great,” said Broderick Dickerson, a graduate student from Lufkin and the rugby team’s vice president. “We placed third in the same tournament last year and placed second this year, so that shows progress, and in my opinion, we had stiffer competition this year in the tournament.”
The teams faced included he Trinity College, Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State University and Texas A&M. Trinity placed first.
“They gave the most competition out of all the teams that were there,” said Wilson Fergia, president of the rugby team. “It was challenging to stay on top of everything, even though we did lose to them in the tournament...they got first. It was nice having that level of competition to push the team.”
The rugby team practices from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on the intramural fields. The team is always looking for more players. The group plays teams from across Texas, with players like SFA’s Juan Lopez making the All Star team for the Lone Star Conference.
The All Star team will be traveling to the Cayman Islands to play teams from around the world. The team is made up of players from Texas universities such as St. Edwards, University of Texas, UTD, SMU, Midwestern, Prairie View A&M and Lamar. SFA placed fourth in the fall 2015 season in the Lone Star Conference.