The D1A Red River Collegiate Rugby Conference is coming up on April 1st. The inaugural Canterbury North America Red River Collegiate Rugby Championships will be held at the Huns Field in Austin, TX. Gift-Time Rugby Network will be broadcasting the championship live.
The Red River #4 North Division seed Texas Tech will be playing against the #4 South Division seed University of Houston on April 1. Team Captain and President Bobby Flinn says, “the strongest aspect of our team this year is our ability to spread the ball quick while exploiting gaps in the defense. We use a certain style of offense brought about by our head coach, Phil Terrigno, which incorporates loose forwards in our back line and creates many opportunities to attack space.”
The last time the two teams met, Tech handled the match with ease winning 139-0. The Red Raiders were relentless, non-stop scoring for the full 80 minutes.
Forwards captain Steven Collins attributes their success to experienced leaders on the team teaching the new players the basics of the game. “They have great knowledge to pass along that we use on and off the field to make us a stronger team unit.”
The Red Raiders lost a teammate earlier in the season with the untimely passing of Quinn Noel. Collins said the team saw a comradely that wasn’t really seen until then.
“We started connecting more than just on the field and acting as a team like never before.”
Texas Tech is ready for their matchup with Houston and prepares for the test like they would for any other opponent.