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SPRING 2015 PRACTICE
Indoor training at Rec Complex (until the weather is consistently good): Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:00 pm
Regular outdoors training:
> Tues & Thurs 4:30 – 6:15 PM
> Wednesday is Captain’s practice 5:15 – 6:00 pm
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NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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President, Alec Graham
Captain, Jake Tweet
Vice Captain – Ben Wehner
Coach, Bill Sexton
For information about Truman State
University, go to www.truman.edu
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Truman Alumni Award
Fall 2014 Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Zane Smith (#6)
Outstanding Back – Jake Tweet (#13)
Outstanding Rookie – Zach Mapel (#7)
Most Improved Player – Franchot Walker (#1)
Alan Chapman Award – Ben Wehner, President
Truman vs. Iowa State (league – October 25, 2014) Ouch! We lost to a team that was bigger, faster, and stronger … decisively! ISU put up 102 points, while holding us scoreless. They are a strong, mature team and they exploited our weaknesses. The best part is that we went back out and played their “B” after getting trounced and won 24-12. Not a great endorsement, but we did not roll over and quit, either.
Truman vs. KU Collegiate (league – October 18, 2014) KU always gets inspired for this rivalry game. They had great movement in their backs (against our poor tacking) and their 13 and 15 combined for 6 tries en route to a 14-54 victory. Ironically, this is the same point spread we had in our 50-10 win a year ago in Lawrence.
Truman vs. Alumni (October 11, 2014) The alumni are always a challenge, and especially against such a young Truman team. Despite a late rally, the Alumni won 44-25.
Truman vs. Columbia Outlaws “B” (October 4, 2014) Moved some players around against Outlaws “B”. Managed to come away with a 15-7 win in the mud!
Truman vs. K-State (league – September 20, 2014) – We are a very young team, and not a very big team. We went into K-State with a team that is half new to Truman, and we were expecting a tough match against an experienced team, and we got just that. We lost 3-81.
Captains for 2014-2015
– Jake Tweet, Captain
– Ben Wehner, Vice Captain
Spring 2014 Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Sean Doyle (#5)
Outstanding Back – David McDonough (#10)
Outstanding Rookie – Coltin Belitz (prop)
Most Improved Player – Ben Wehner (#9)
Simpson College 7s – April 26, 2014 – 3rd Place
University-Missouri, Kansas City (April 12, 2014) – Lost 31-39
University of Arkansas (April 5, 2014) – Lost 6-42
Iowa State University (March 29, 2014) – Lost 7-63
Lindenwood University Development Side (March 22, 2014) – Lost 20-53
University of Missouri (March 8, 2014) – Lost 8-36
Sunday Morning RFC (March 1, 2014) – Won 48-15
UCM Match (February 22) – Cancelled due to field conditions and weather.
Congratulations to Nick Koenen and John Lux – Truman Graduates and new Truman Rugby Alumni. All the best!
Thanks to the parents of our players who kindly allowed players to stay at their homes over the season. It is a huge benefit for our players to be hosted in players’ homes and to receive great meals and support. Thank you!
Officers for 2014
President – Ben Wehner
Treasurer – Josh Sander
PR & Recruiting – Dominic Bisesi
Fall 2013 Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Jacob Tweet (#8)
Outstanding Back – David McDonough (#10)
Outstanding Rookie – Alec Graham (lock)
Most Improved Player – Ben Wehner (#12)
Alan Chapman Award – Nick Koenen
Fall 2013 Season Recap
The fall 2013 season, like many, was about rebuilding the side. We lost several long-standing players to graduation in May 2013. We moved some players to new positions, while entrusting others to move up and take on starting roles. We were also faced with the need for some rookies to step into starting roles. By any account, the season had some rough spots, but we came together well. (click here for the 2014 results)
The season started rough when we lost to St. Louis University in sweltering temperatures, that saw Nick Koenen overheated and off to the hospital. There were some bright spots, but overall we played poorly, while SLU played well. The following week, we had rain that let up right at game time. It was cooler and the field was softer. We managed to defeat Washington University, but we did so playing sloppy. Wins are good, but sloppy wins breed bad habits.
The Heart of America College Conference 7s were next. We started slowly and lost to K-State in a game that we probably should have won. We rallied and played very well against eventual champion, University of Arkansas. This was a game that was decided by conversions. We played “7s”. Heading into the Bowl semifinals, we used more reserves and it paid off in a win against OSU. We went on to defeat KU in the Bowl Finals, to take 5th place.
The HOACC season started the following week against new conference foe, Northeast State (Oklahoma). We started playing with some confidence, and managed a good 32-0 win against a strong opponent. The next week, we faced Oklahoma State in Kansas City. We got off to a good start against a big, competitive team. OSU mounted a good come-back, but we held on for the 38-19 win. Our perennial nemesis, K-State was next. The game was close at half, with neither team taking control. However, the second half revealed a lack of preparation on our part (you can’t miss two days of training due to fall break without some effects) and K-State dominated the game in the second half, winning big 13-50.
Combined with the K-State loss, and the inspiration created by the Alumni, we had had to step-up. The Alumni pack were a force, and the experience gained really helped our scrummaging, tackling and open-field attack. Despite the talent of the Alumni, Truman was able to play to a 44-20 win.
The last match of the fall 2013 season was against KU in Lawrence. It was a perfect fall day – clear, cool skies, and a great pitch. We got off to a good start and never looked back, as we played to a 54-10 win. Eight different players scored tries! It was a great team effort and a good way to finish the season.
Heading into the Spring 2014 season, we are faced with replacing two stalwart players. Nick Koenen and John Lux will be graduating in December. We will be replacing our #7 and #9 in mid-season – a tall order. It will fun to see how this works out, knowing that it always does somehow. We also have three more HOACC games, against Missouri, Iowa State and University of Arkansas – all at home (due to the field fiasco in spring 2013). We currently stand 3-1 in HOACC play, and will be sorely challenged by each of the three teams in spring.
Captains for 2013
– James Flath, Captain
– David McDonough, Vice Captain
Spring 2013 Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Nick Koenen (#7)
Outstanding Back – Joe Krispin (#10)
Outstanding Rookie – Erick Anderson (wing)
Most Improved Player – Sean Doyle (#5)
March 23 – After a good week of practice, focusing ball retention in the ruck, stabilizing the scrum, and trying to win a lineout, things came together nicely against St. Louis University. Due to the University’s work on the rugby field (which presently amounts to 2-3 inches of poor quality dirt on the east 30 meters of the field), we played at Stokes Stadium. SLU is a very good team, with good experience and size, and as the Gateway Conference Champs, they are headed to the Division 2 Nationals. We needed to tidy up our game over our UCM outing. Tackling continues to be strong for us. We got on the board early with a try by wing Mike Manougian try, as he juked several defenders before breaking to the line. Several minutes later, our other wing, Landon Anderson, took off for another try. A second Anderson try, and a try from inside center Sean Parker (with 3 conversions by flyhalf and captain, Joe Krispin) gave Truman a 26-14 halftime lead. Sixteen minutes into the second half, after taking a SLU 5 m scrum against the head, #8 Jacob Tweet picked and drove over for a try. Manougian picked up his second try, while tighthead prop, Josh Sander and outside center David McDonough added tries. Krispin was 4 of 4 on conversions and Truman prevailed 54-14. SLU kindly played a second game with shortened halves, and prevailed 6 tries to 3. Two highlights were 1) a kicked ball that bounced right into center Ben Wehner’s hands that he took at pace 20 meters to score, and 2) Zane Smith (playing #8) picked at the base, and took the ball about 25 meters in untouched.
March 9 – Truman drew 10-10 in game against University of Central Missouri. The weather broke, and UCM got access to a turf field, and it was finally time to play! Despite no scrum practice, limited lineout work, and practices confined to the indoor training, we had some pretty good moments. UCM is a big and physically imposing team, and our players worked hard. Truman gave up an early try to UCM, but responded with a nice driving move when James Flath scored (there were no goal posts on the field, so there were no conversions). Both teams player hard, inspired defense. UCM threatened several times (and were little luck), and the Truman defense held. With five minutes to go in the half, Nick Koenen slipped in for Truman to take a 10-5 lead into the half. The second half was much the same – hard, relentless defense both ways, and some flashes of offense. UCM scored at 53 minutes off a weird play. The referee called knock-on and said “White advantage”, but when their player ran the ball in, he awarded the try. Coming back up the field he told me he had made a “bad call”. So be it. Truman played hard, and had several good chances to break the deadlock, but UCM also defended well. The game ended a 10-10 draw. With only 5 reserves, Truman hit the field for a shortened “B” game. Truman got tries from Zane Smith, Lance Kiggans, and first-game rookie, Erik Anderson, to take a 15-5 win. From a conditioning standpoint this was a hard day, and some guys might need most of their spring break to recover!
Feb 23 and Mar 2 games cancelled – After record snowfall in late February and early March, we had to cancel the first two games of spring 2013 season – games against Wash U (coached by Truman Alum, Mike Deckard) and the Boone County Outlaws. Everyone is tired of being indoors and cannot wait to get outside!
Officers for 2013
President – Nathan Dismang
Treasurer – Sean Doyle
PR & Recruiting – Jacob Tweet
Fall 2012 Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Dan Bellavia (#1)
Outstanding Back – David McDonough (#13)
Outstanding Rookie – Josh Sander (#3)
Most Improved Player – John Lux (#9)
Allen Chapman Award – Nick Koenen, President
Captains for 2012
– Joe Krispin, Captain
– Josh Shipman, Vice Captain
Spring 2012 Playing Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Jason Ralph
Outstanding Back – Aaron Loida
Outstanding Rookie – Zachary Sage
Most Improved Player – James Flath
April 21 at “Toddy-Fest” rugby benefit festival held in honor of Todd Philips (see below) and a fund-raiser for his son, Zealon, was held in Columbia, MO at Cosmo Park. The weather was fantastic, and the fields were exceptional. The Toddy-Fest was a great event! Game 1: With Mizzou heading to the USA Rugby Round of 16 next weekend, they fielded mostly a “B” side. Truman plated well and managed a 52-19 win. Game 2: In a re-match of two weeks ago, Truman took on Missouri S&T – this time with even bigger players! Truman played well, and displayed some great defense to limit their scoring, and good pressure on attack to win 34-12. This marked the last game at Truman for Aaron Loida, Jason Ralph, Ryan Felling, Zach Sage, and Keith Scruggs, as they are all graduating this spring.
April 14 vs. University of Oklahoma. OU forfeit; unable to field Division 1AA league team.
April 7 vs. Missouri S&T. Won 34-7
March 31 vs. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Whitewater is the defending USA Rugby College Division 2 National Champion. They are “bigger, faster, stronger”. We had lost of “excuses” for not traveling and hit the road with 17 players, and had to use a number of guys out of position. However, everyone really stepped-up today. We were down 15-36 at half, but continued to play for 80 min, and held Whitewater to 12 pints in the second half, for a 15-48 final.
March 24 vs. University of Missouri at Jefferson City, MO. We played our best to lead 26-5 at half, and then played our worst, to lost 31-55. Mizzou stepped-up the pace of play, and we did not match them.
March 17 vs. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR. This was a hard league match. We played well and stayed in the game to the end. Lost 18-27.
March 3 vs UCMO (home) – Lost 19-26. UCMO is a large, very physical team with a number of quality players. The game was very close throughout. Truman played good defense against a larger opponent. We had a lot of good possession, but we made too many errors and did not take advantage of our opportunities. We will have to improve markedly before our league matches start on March 17.
Feb 25 – St. Louis University – Cancelled on us.
Officers for 2012
President – Nick Koenen
Treasurer – Jake Horvath
PR & Recruiting – Nathan Dismang
Fall 2011 Playing Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Nick Koenen (Jr, #7)
Outstanding Back – David McDonough (Jr, #13)
Outstanding Rookie – Josh Shipman (So, #1)
Most Improved Player – Nathan Dismang (So, #5)
Alan Chapman Service Award – Aaron Loida Sr, #9 and Captain)
October 22 – K-State. K-State is a very good team, and always a good match. K-State controlled much of the early going, with Truman playing a lot of defense. However, we begin to get a rhythm, and went up 10-0 after a Joe Krispin penalty and a heads-up quick tap from 5 meters by captain and scrumhalf, Aaron Loida. K-State took the offensive and scored a couple of quick tries to tie the score at 10-10. Both tries came off of our mistakes. Another Krispin penalty put us up 13-10, but another silly mistake lead to a third try, and K-state had the lead at halftime 13-15. The first 20 min of the second half were pretty quiet. But the last 20 min was a track meet, with both teams putting 22 points on the board! K-State pulled ahead with a penalty to go up 18-13, but we tied 18-18 it up minutes later. Then K-State scored, and we scored again 23-23. K-State scored to go up, and we answered … it was now 30-30 with 4 minutes left. K-State scored again to go up 37-30 with 1 minute to go … and we scored in injury time. We were unlucky however, as the conversion sailed wide left, and we came out on the short end, 35-37. We scored 5 tries (Loida, David McDonough (2), Jason Ralph, and Nick Budd), Krispin kicked 2 conversions and 2 penalties. Despite the loss, it was an important day for our young team – they realized that they can stand toe-to-toe with a good team and be competitive. To top off the day, the “Killer B’s” prevailed in their match, 10-5 (tries by Keith Scruggs and Brain Chingono) and gained more valuable experience and playing time. We fielded 29 players on Saturday – which is great for the future!
*** Sorry for not being more up-to-date, but the Truman IT department inadvertently disabled our account access, and we only recently regained access. I will update the site and the results ASAP, despite not being what we had hoped for this fall. Thanks for your continued support! ***
September 10 – Scrimmage with Mizzou. Goods and bads … Good – we fielded 33 players, including 12 brand new rookies. Bad – we were defeated by a cumulative score (5 x 20 min periods) of 14-49. Good – some good passages of play despite only having 4 practices. Bad – execution by some experienced players was poor at times. Good – player fitness seemed good for this time of year. Overall, the feeling has to be positive. Despite being on the short side of the score sheet, we played OK (and can address some execution issues and strategies), and some rookies played extraordinarily well and really project. Next weekend – Lindenwood University – who will be a challenge as a brand new, varsity – scholarship program in St. Louis. It’s all about challenging yourself to play smarter and harder!
Captains for 2011-2012
Captain – Aaron Loida
Vice Captain – Jason Ralph
Spring 2011 Playing Award Winners
Outstanding Forward – Luke Wenger (Sr, #5)
Outstanding Back – David McDonough (So, #13)
Outstanding Rookie – Michael Kramer (So, #14)
Most Improved Player – Nick Koenen (So, #7)
– Luke Wenger
– Phil Powell
March 31, 2011 – Everyone was stunned to hear of Todd Phillips‘ death in a motorcycle accident. Todd was the director of the Truman Student Success Center, and a great friend of Truman Rugby.
Todd played rugby in Columbia, MO with Bill Sexton and the “Outlaws” in the early 1990’s. He then headed to sunny southern California in 1996, where he played for powerhouses clubs Belmont Shore and later the Huntington Beach Unicorns. While at Belmont Shore, Todd captained the team to a USA Rugby National Club Championship in 1998. Unfortunately, the wear and tear of high level rugby took it’s toll and Todd retired from playing a few years later. He did however, develop a passion for education and helping young people get back on track with their lives.
Todd returned from California and worked at East Central College in Union, MO before coming to Truman about 3.5 years ago to found the Student Success Center. In his role, he touched many Truman students.
Between his busy job and living in Macon, he wasn’t able to get to rugby practice as much as he would like, but his influence with players was strong. Most recently Todd succeeded in starting a physical education activities class in “touch rugby” which has been very popular. We hope that this class will continue in Todd’s honor.
Rest in peace, Todd!
View the Rugby Slide-Show taken at the Truman vs. Nebraska game, courtesy of Tim Barcus, Truman staff photographer.
Index Article on Graduating Senior – Josh Harris
(Index article – April 23, 2009)
Tribute to Truman Alumnus, Christian McKeel.
(Click here for more information and photos)
Ben Yarnell – on rugby practice (Index article – Thursday, November 9 2006)
Making a tax-deductible donation to Truman Rugby
You can now make your tax deductible donation to Truman Rugby online through the Truman State University secure website at Contribution Form. You can make donations using your MasterCard or Visa credit card. This form is also available through the Truman website, www.truman.edu – click on “Alumni and Friends” – then “Contributing to Truman” which will take you to the “Online Contribution Form“. Be sure to note that the gift should go to “Other – Men’s Rugby”. If you make an online contribution, please drop us a quick e-mail at email@example.com so we know you have done so and we can track the appropriate credits to our account (just to be on the safe side!).
If you prefer to donate the old-fashioned way – using a check – we are also happy to work with you! Simply make the check payable to “Truman Rugby” and mail to: Truman Rugby c/o 1409 East Meadow Lane, Kirksville, MO 63501.
Many thanks to those Alumni, Parents, and Friends who have contributed to Truman Rugby. All donations are deposited in the “Truman Rugby” account at the Office of Advancement (100 McClain Hall, Truman State University), and all contributors receive a letter of thanks from the university acknowledging their tax-deductible donation. Remember, we are eligible for matching donations from your employers and we can provide information if your company or business offers matching funds to non-profit entities.
Rules all players should know – A synopsis of basic rules all players should know.
Free subscription to RugbyeNews at www.rugbyenews.com/
Article by Brett Burdick on rugby fitness training Brett is a USA Rugby Coaching Instructor and Coaching Coordinator for the Virginia Rugby Union.
Rugby Primer at Scrum.com is a very good and brief introduction to rugby for both players and spectators.
Central Collegiate League Champions, Western Rugby Union – 2006
3rd Place West Collegiate Championships – 2006
Heart of America Rugby Union Collegiate Champions 2003-1994
Western Rugby Union Collegiate Champions 1999, 1997, 1996
USA Rugby Collegiate Sweet Sixteen Championships 1999-1996
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