Cougars Come Up Short -- 4/4
The Cougars blooded two brand new players in the game, saw Jack Prince (in his second game ever and 1st start) score a try, while two starting flankers sat out.
We trailed just 17-0 at halftime, and though the result was disappointing, we get another shot at Aquinas in the regular season and likely one more in the State tournament.
Jr. Blues Too Quick -- 3/28
Ranked #5 in the country, the Kansas City Jr. Blues beat the Cougars 29-5 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.
The Jr. Blues were quicker out of the breakdown and in their decision making, but led just 12-0 at halftime.
The Jr. Blues are perennial National Championship participants and one of the oldest clubs in Kansas City.
Not Enough Possession -- 3/12
The first loss of the season came against a very good Park Hill South squad Saturday, 27-11, as the Panther outside center proved difficult to contain.
The Cougars played good field position rugby and were rewarded with two penalties in the first half, but trouble in the set piece and some inconsistency going for touch undid the game plan.
We trailed just 17-11 at halftime, but struggled to get much attacking ball in the second half.
Cougars Upend SME -- 3/9
The Cougars improved to 2-0 with a second win in as many days Saturday, beating rival Shawnee Mission East 18-12 at Swope Park. Sophomore flyhalf Matt Thorman scored the first try of the game after some physical defense forced East to lose the ball in their own try zone. Up 5-0, the Cougars let some penalties allow the Lancers field position, and East scored to go up 7-5. Thorman returned the favor by slotting a penalty in front of the posts to take an 8-7 lead. The Cougars wouldn't trail again, as wing Dan Kashani and hooker Nick Sosaya dotted down to make it 18-7. East managed one more score before the final whistle.
This is the Cougars' first-ever win over East. The Lancers beat the Cougars in our one match last year. The game is classified as a friendly, but it will be for league positioning when we meet again in April.
Cougars Edge Park Hill -- 3/8
The Cougars came back from 5-0 and 10-7 deficits to beat Park Hill Friday. Jorn Winkelmolen scored the first try for the good guys with a heads up play, and set up the second one with an offload to Ryan Ellis. Matt Thorman slotted one conversion, giving the Cougars the two-point edge. Thorman also came up with a huge defensive play at the end of the game, making a try-saving tackle and causing a knock on to give the possession back to the Cougars.
The win makes the Cougars 1-0 on the season and 1-0 all time against Park Hill Seniors Kyle Zarda, Nick Sosaya and Justus Pinno put in a lot of good grunt work during the win, and Ellis debuted nicely at scrumhalf.
Tries: Winkelmolen, Ellis
Lineup: 1) Tom Jackson 2) Nick Sosaya 3) Nick Boyer 4) Justus Pinno 5) Tiger Webster-Harris 6) Alex Quinn 7) Kyle Zarda 8) Jorn Winkelmolen 9) Ryan Ellis 10) Matt Thorman 11) Alex Bratten 12) Kelby Quint 13) Joel Droge 14) Matt Springston 15) Vernon White 16) Jordan Berry 17) Griff Hoffman 18) David Bonham 19) Zaid Khalil 20) Martin Ndichu