Coach's Report - WWU beats UW 27-20

Match Report 3/30/12
By Coach Brian Schoener

Your Husky Rugby Club hosted Western Washington University in its first home league matchup of the season, following numerous match cancellations due to weather conditions.  Winter still refused to let up as the Dawgs took the field in very wet and cold conditions.   

The weather showed its impact off the first kick-off, as UW fumbled the opening kick-off, and a misguided pass and a massive scramble put Western in for a try in the first minute of the match.  The conversion was good and Western led 7-0.  The Huskies stuck to their game plan and with the heavy foot of Kiel Rasp, put Western back on their heels and gave the Dawgs great field position deep in Western’s territory.  Quick phase play and determination punched Prop Dan Kanczugowski in for a try on a quick pick and go at the ten minute mark.  Danny Auerbach converted the kick and the score was all tied up 7-7. 

Great coverage on the ensuing kickoff put the Dawgs in control with great field position.  Aggressive forward play maintained possession, and a hands in the ruck call gave UW a penalty 22 meters out right in front of the goal.  Danny Auerbach has proved his ability to slot tough kicks all season, and with a penalty right in front of the goal put the Dawgs back on top 10-7.  They didn’t keep the lead for long though as Western put together some nice phases running from depth and in the 22nd minute scored a try that put them back on top 14-10.  Auerbach added another penalty kick before the half and as the halftime whistle blew it was a 14-13 match, and was either teams match to take. 

Western came out as the aggressor in the second half and took advantage of some missed tackles to score a couple of tries early in the second half giving them a 24-13 lead.  The Huskies with their backs against the wall responded to the challenge and with some timely kicks and slow, controlled ball near the goal line saw Prop Rhys Lloyd score his first try of his rugby career.  The conversion by Auerbach was good, making him 4/4 on the afternoon, and inched the Dawgs closer with a 24-20 score with ten minutes remaining in the match.  Western maintained possession though, and a late penalty kick by Western put them on top for good as the Vikings walked away the victors with a 27-20 win over the Dawgs. 

Next up for UW is home match against league leading Oregon State University on Saturday at 1pm at the IMA. 

UW Lineup vs. WWU:
  1. Rhys Lloyd
  2. Danny Auerbach
  3. Dan Kanczugowski
  4. John Lambert
  5.  Zach Zaharoff
  6. Ian Booth
  7. Ryan Byarlay
  8. Ryan Brennan (c)
  9. Justin Santos
  10. Kiel Rasp
  11. Christopher Dingle
  12.  Konstantin Rehbein
  13.  Loren Bonneville
  14. Alex Gonzales
  15. Kendal Dresel


   16.  Ian Ogilvie
         17.   George Kuo
         18.  Garret Brooks
1       19.  Chris Burgess
         20.  Michael Jacques
         21.  Seth Johnson
         22.  Nate Howard

Scoring Line
University of Washington:
Tries: Kanczugowski (10’), Lloyd (68’),
Conversions: Auerbach (2)
Penalty Goals:  Auerbach 2/2