Rugby Hits First Speed Bump, Drops Close Match to CNU

Ned Belliveau ’14, Sports Editor

After a hard-fought, rain-soaked match against the Captains of Christopher Newport the Hampden-Sydney Rugby Tigers dropped to 4-1 as the hosts prevailed 14-7. After a sloppy opening 25 minutes, the Captains were able to convert a try and point after to take a 7-0 lead. In the second half the hosts doubled their lead to 14-0 after capitalizing off a Tigers penalty in the 45th minute. The Tigers remained in the game; however, after sophomore Mike Bouldin pounced on a fumble to convert a try for the Tigers. Junior James Hanna converted the two point conversion kick and the score stood 14-7. Unfortunately for the visitors, the clock ran out and Christopher Newport emerged from the sloppy contest with a victory.

The Tiger Ruggers will participate in the Homecoming Festivities this Saturday as they host in-state foe Virginia Military Institute on Venable Field. Kickoff is set for 3:00.

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