OU/Kansas State Match Report

Sooner Rugby Nation,

It took OU a little while to settle into the first game of the season, but once they did the Sooners scored 8 trys in route to a 53 -12 victory.  Kansas State’s forwards played a physical game up front and their backs looked dangerous early but the Sooners overwhelmed them in the Second Half, outscoring the Wildcats 38 – 7.

After spending much of the first 15 minutes camped in K-State’s half the Sooners finally got on the board with an Arrynn Wilkinson try started off by a nice break by Captain Taylor Mokate.  Kelton Miller added the conversion.  After an OU kick straight to touch awarded K-State an attacking lineout in the Sooner half K-State’s Kenny Scott capitalized on the opportunity making a nice run and touching down to make the score 7-5.  OU’s Brad Henry played some solid defense on the outside shutting down a couple of promising K-State attacking opportunities.  An errant K-State kick down the middle of the field to Arrynn Wilkinson was followed by an effective counterattack try, this time with Mokate touching down for the five pointer.  Kelton Miller kicked a penalty goal a few minutes later to make it 15 – 5 at halftime.

OU scored early and often in the 2nd stanza beginning with a Michael Lair 30 meter try down the blindside, which followed another Mokate line break.  The next OU try started when Brad Henry caught a K-State kick under pressure OU recycled the ball and then Kelton Miller put Mokate through a hole, Blake Hodges continued to run hard in support and received an inside pass from Mokate to score under the sticks.

Matt Long replaced Blake Hodges who injured his shoulder being tackled as he touched down for the try.  Matt Long made his presence felt by beginning the try of the day stealing a lineout deep inside the Sooner half.  OU turned the steal into an 80 meter try.  Meaad Muse got his hands on the ball and made the right decision to pass to Arrynn Wilkinson who made a nice cut out pass to Miller who fed Jerremy Jackson for a long run and eventual inside pass to Zac Givens for the 5 pointer.

K-State was awarded a penalty try while Michael Lair was in the sin bin.  When Lair returned to the game he scored his second try and the Sooners 6th of the match.  Heath Thompson got his name on the stat sheet late in the second half finishing a nice movement and touching down for the Sooners.  Zac Givens second try of the day rounded out the scoring for the Sooners with a nice athletic play that left a K-State player grasping for air.

Kelton Miller played well at 10 and was 5 of 8 on conversions and 1 of 3 on penalty goal attempts for 13 points.   Arrynn Wilkinson was player of the day for his defensive organization work and positive counterattack work.  Andrew Conole impressed the OU Coaches with his defensive work off the bench seizing his opportunity to get in the match day 22.  Meaad Muse had the big hit of the day for the Sooners and Captain Taylor Mokate played through the flu to show why he is a current All American and 7s Eagle.

OU (53) – Trys: A. Wilkinson, Mokate, Lair (2), Hodges, Thompson, Givens (2)
Con: Miller (5) Pen: Miller (1)

KState (12) – Trys: Scott and Penalty Try  Con: 1

The Sooners won the b-side game 15 – 7 on the back of some very solid set piece work.  Fullback Will Pham played exceptionally well scoring one of the Sooners trys and  Matt Long scored the other OU try.

The Sooners have a lot to work on in preparation for the College Premier League, but are happy to start the season off with a win.  OU has one more preseason game against Tulsa Men’s Club Saturday, February 26th, before opening the CPL on March 5th at Texas A&M.

Tyson Meek


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