Women’s rugby rumbles past RIT, 103-0


Jennifer Brzyski

Emily Sneck and the women’s rugby club beat Oswego, 50-0, to push their record to 7-0.

Jahvon Graham, Reporter

The Buffalo State women’s rugby club continued their impressive start to the season with a dominating win over Rochester Institute of Technology, 103-0. The victory their win streak to four games.

It’s hard to say what phase of the game has been more impressive so this season, the offense or defense. Over four games, a total of 265 points have been scored. Five have been allowed.

“We continue to have a strong line on offense and defense,” team captain Kirsten Dole said. “We maintain the ball in our possession for the majority of the game, that’s how we’re able to score so many tries.”

Another aspect of the game that the women’s rugby team excels in is passing. They value each possession, which allows them to score early and often. “Every hand that touches the ball matters,” Emily Sneck said.

Up next for the women’s rugby club is an away match at the University at Buffalo Saturday, Oct. 1.

“The upcoming weeks aren’t going to be that easy, so we just have to keep playing our game to keep up the winning streak,” Dole said.

With the team playing so well on both sides of the ball, it’s tough to key in on things to emphasize during practices.

“Honestly, conditioning will be the biggest component at practice these upcoming weeks,” Dole said. “Conditioning really goes a long way when playing tough competition. Making tackle after tackle is exhausting, so it’s important we’re ready.”

The Buffalo State men’s rugby club’s losing streak moved to two games after a 29-17 t loss to LeMoyne this past weekend. Although they played better, it wasn’t enough to capture the victory.

“From the Geneseo game to the LeMoyne game, we improved tremendously in our team effort,” team captain Justin Brzyski said. “We have to keep focused during the week and keep building our rugby IQ.”

“Everything went well in the game; all the things we practiced were executed very well,”  August Edwards said. “A few kicked balls got away from us, and they capitalized off of it.”

Buffalo State committed penalties at the wrong times, which made it easy for LeMoyne to make key plays during the course of the game.

“LeMoyne capitalized on penalties deep in our end and kicked for points which kept them ahead of us,” Brzyski said.

Having a 1-2 record isn’t the situation you want to be in, but there isn’t much panic on the part of the players or the coach.

“I feel the confidence of the team has actually increased,” Brzyski said. “Even with the loss, it was a big team improvement on the day.”

“I was much happier with how we played this week than last. After losing last week, we played better, so I think our confidence is still there,” head coach Rob Jenkinson said. “This week in practice, we will continue to work on our defense, although our defense was better this week. We also have to improve on our set pieces.”

Next up for the men rugby club is an away match against Oswego, as they look to snap their two-game losing streak and even their record at 2-2.

Brzyski added, “Every game we play is a must-win to us. Oswego is the defending state champions, but we’ve defeated them before. It will be great to win, and I believe it’s possible.”

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