2016 Award Winners

Mizzou Rugby Award Winners – Spring 2016

Back MVP – Shane Glascott

Forward MVP – Mickey Watson

Impact Player – James Glavin

Rookie of the Season – Ryan Stuckey

Most Improved – Corey Bach

Fall 2016 Captains

Backs Captain – J.T. Schlegel

Forwards Captain – Mickey Watson


Congratulations to these men and the entire Mizzou Rugby team on a successful season.

HOA 7s Tournament

Tigers sweep pool, but fall in semi-finals to take third place

The Mizzou 7s team traveled to Kansas for the second time this year, this time along with the other six teams in the Heart of America. Tigers swept their pool as the defense remained strong allowing no points in any of the three games. After losing senior back Colin Kreager to a broken ankle in pool play, the Tigers missed his presence on the field. Here are the results of the day:13001132_1713855458863857_559016298419993535_n

vs. Oklahoma State W 57-0

vs. Truman State W 45-0

vs. Kansas W 26-0

vs. Kansas State (semi-final) L 24-17

vs. Kansas (3rd place game) W 24-5

Mizzou sends off three outstanding seniors whose leadership has been an excellent example for Mizzou Rugby. 5th year senior Shane Glascott will graduate with a degree in FullSizeRenderaccounting and start work for KPMG in St. Louis after completing the CPA exam. Senior Colin Kreager will graduate with a degree in strategic communications from the School of Journalism and has plans to travel all over the world immediately after graduation. Connor Fairfax has one more semester to complete in the Nursing program at Mizzou and will be graduating in December of this year. Thank you to these men!


Mizzou vs. Arkansas

Tigers struggle to find offensive consistency against Razorbacks, finish second place in Heart of America
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In the Heart of America Conference championship matchup last weekend, Mizzou fell to Arkansas 38-7. A large crowd came out to support the Tigers in the final home 15s game of the season. The Razorbacks jumped out to an early lead scoring two quick trys, stifling the Tigers’ confidence early. Mizzou’s offense struggled with turning the ball over early in their own end, leading to the quick scores by Arkansas. Mizzou’s offense was not stagnant, however, but could not finish long possessions with points. On multiple occasions the Tigers positioned themselves deep in opposing territory, but committed a penalty or had the ball stolen by Arkansas.

The Razorbacks’ kicking game helped win the battle of field position, which led to many of their scores. The Tigers’ main deficiency in the match was their tackling. Broken tackles allowed offloads and long offensive runs for the Arkansas players. Defensively, the Tigers were also hurt by playing a man down for 10 minutes when Adam Cooley was sent to the sin bin for an illegal hit. Late in the game, Mizzou finally broke through with a run by sophomore 8-man James Glavin for a try. Gareth Jones converted. With the loss, Mizzou finishes in second place in the Heart of America  with a 6-1 record.

Mizzou vs. Truman State

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Tigers shut out Truman State, look to conference championship against Arkansas

Snow started to fall as Mizzou kicked off to Truman State, but the cold and flurries wouldn’t stop the Tigers’ offensive attack on Saturday. The offense caught fire early, when sophomore 8-man James Glavin crashed the line and broke through to find open space and a try from nearly 40 meters out. Prop Connor Fairfax converted to give them an early 7-0 lead. Mizzou positioned themselves deep in Truman territory just minutes later. A Truman State penalty had the defense on its heels as junior lock Mickey Watson quick-tapped and powered through a defender to score. 12-0 Tigers.

The Mizzou defense held strong during the game, surviving multiple goal-line stands with strong tackling. After gaining possession near the opposing 5 meter line, the Tigers used multiple phases to draw the defense towards the ruck then swung the ball to the backline where inside center Colin Kreager beat a defender with a ball fake and scored. Fairfax was true for his second conversion, giving Mizzou a 19-0 lead. Kreager found space again only 5 minutes later when he broke a massive run from the opposing 22 meter line. He passed to Mickey Watson who was supporting his run, who then dumped the final pass to wing Ty Nash for the long try. Fairfax’s conversion before the half was good to make it 26-0.

Switching ends of the field had no effect on the Tiger offense as J.T. Schlegel started up the offense quickly out of the half. The scrumhalf picked the ball from a ruck and beat a defender from 20 meters out. Add the Fairfax conversion and a penalty kick just a few minutes later to give the Tigers a 36-0 lead. Shane Glascott, playing flyhalf rather than his usual fullback position, broke loose later for a very long try to put the score at 43-0 after the conversion.

After multiple Truman penalties, Mizzou set up a lineout on the Truman State 5-meter line. Glascott received the ball from the lineout and dished to sophomore flanker Adam Cooley who broke a tackle and scored. Fairfax’s conversion put the count at 50-0. Near the final whistle, with a ruck set inches from Truman’s goal line, James Glavin picked from the ruck and dove forward for his second score. 57-0 Tigers. The Tigers received the ensuing kickoff, set up a ruck and passed to Glavin once again. He broke multiple tackles on the way to a score of over 50 meters as time expired. Sean Gonzalez converted his first of the year to make the final score 64-0. An additional try by J.T. Schlegel put the Tigers at 69.

The Tigers look forward to April 9th against Arkansas in Columbia. That match will determine the Heart of America conference champion and offer an automatic bid to the National Tournament.

Mizzou vs. Nebraska

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Mizzou takes care of business against Nebraska in Lincoln, Glascott leads the way with a hat-trick.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, a newcomer to the Heart of America this year, hosted Mizzou last Saturday in the first matchup between the teams in over 5 years. A rainy day stifled the offenses a bit, but the Tigers still managed to put up 41 points as opposed to Nebraska’s 12.

The hard rainfall during the first half of the game caused a significant portion of the offensive phases to include forward play. Mizzou scrumhalf J.T. Schlegel directed the forward’s offensive game plan as he dished the ball out of the rucks to crashing forwards. Nebraska’s forwards, on the other hand, picked the ball directly from the rucks and powered ahead for 4 and 5 meters at a time. After the Tiger forwards sucked in the Nebraska defense, the backline swung the ball out to wing Kellen Shockley, who made a break and quickly offloaded to Shane Glascott. Glascott used his speed to beat the final defender down the sideline from 20 meters out, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

After receiving the ball back, the Mizzou offense drove their half of the field to position themselves 5 meters out from the try line. Off a penalty, Junior forwards captain Mickey Watson took a pass from Schlegel and powered between two defenders across the try line. Gareth Jones missed his first two conversions, giving the Tigers a 10-0 lead.

Near the end of the half, Glascott broke through the back line for a long try, his second of the game. Jones converted to take a 17-0 lead. Nebraska’s forward pack, which was much larger than Mizzou’s, powered the ball down the field, one phase after another, to put Nebraska on the board before the half, still trailing 17-5. The second half began with Mizzou quickly positioning themselves deep in Nebraska’s end. They swung the ball into the backline where senior inside center Colin Kreager ran through the tackle of Nebraska defender to finish the try. After the Jones conversion, the Tigers led 24-5.

Another penalty play deep in Nebraska’s territory led to a try by senior prop Connor Fairfax and Glascott finished his hat-trick later on with a fake pass to the outside and beating a defender from 10 meters out. Near the end of the game, sophomore flanker Adam Cooley took a ball from Schlegel on the weak side of the ruck and scored the try from 25 meters out. Nebraska got on the board once more before the final whistle, making the final score 41-12 Mizzou.

The Tigers now are 5-0 in the Heart of America and trail Arkansas (also 5-0) by a bonus point. Mizzou has a third consecutive road game as they travel to Truman State next Saturday, March 19th. Then its back home to face Arkansas, likely for the Heart of America Conference championship.

Mizzou vs. Kansas

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Seniors lead the Tigers to outlast Jayhawks, take Heart of America record to 4-0.

There’s a lot to be said for a leader who motivates his team with words. However, there’s something about a leader who’s primary inspiration to his teammates comes from his play on the field that gets people fired up. In the biggest game of the season thus far, senior prop Connor Fairfax delivered a strong performance with two trys and multiple big hits, while senior fullback Shane Glascott cemented the Tigers’ win with a 70 meter try as time expired.

The Tigers offense started the game strong as they capitalized on Kansas penalties to drive the ball into opposing territory. Keeping possession and recycling the ball through many phases, Mizzou set themselves up 5 meters out from the goal line. After a few phases of getting stuffed at the goal line, Fairfax powered through the Kansas defense for the try giving Mizzou an early 5-0 lead.

After receiving the kickoff, the Tigers forwards moved the ball for a few phases before swinging it to the back line. Glascott broke the line with a dummy pass and passed to Ty Nash who beat the final defender down the sideline from 20 meters out. Gareth Jones hit the conversion to give the Tigers a 12-0 lead. The Tigers offense remained strong as James Glavin received the ball at midfield, stepped a defender breaking the line, and taking the ball 50 meters for another Mizzou try. Jones knocked through another conversion to put the Tigers up 19-0.

Kansas finally started to mount some offensive attack as they drove the ball deep into Tiger territory and scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the half, making the score 19-14. The two teams battled back and forth for the first few minutes of the half before Mizzou established ground in Kansas’s end. Tigers’ flyhalf Gareth Jones received the ball off a lineout and attacked the defense. Jones dished the ball to his outside to Farifax who ran through a tackle and finished with an emphatic try and celebration. Tigers led 24-14.

With under 10 minutes remaining, Kansas added another try and conversion to tighten the game to 24-21. After winning the ball back, Mizzou ran several pick-and-go’s and secured possession in their own end with solid rucking and ball placement. The ball was then swung into the backline out to Glascott. Using a ball fake, he broke through the defensive line down the sideline. Glascott outran the defender on his heels and then crossed fields to beat the final defender, scoring an incredible 70 meter try. Jones kicked the final conversion at the final whistle. 31-21 Tigers. Glascott pumped his fist repeatedly in celebration of the huge win.

Mizzou travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers next Saturday with an undefeated Heart of America record on the line.

Mizzou vs. Iowa State

Tigers struggle to finish off Cyclones, win close (23-22) on the road

Mizzou Rugby traveled north to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State in their last game of the fall season. The Tigers had been talking about the importance of this game for weeks as it was their final game of the fall season and an important Heart of America Conference matchup. The offense started off slow, but got the Tigers deep into Cyclone territory 15 minutes into the matchup. After a 5-meter scrum and multiple failed attempts to break through the defensive line, Senior Prop and Captain Connor Fairfax rumbled through 4 defenders from 15 meters out, and dragged them into the try zone for the score. After the conversion was missed, the Tigers led 5-0 early. The Cylcones answered quickly as an Iowa State maul set up off of a lineout brought them near the goal line. The Cyclones forwards picked off the back of the ruck repeatedly with no budge from the Tigers defense. Finally, after eight or nine phases, Iowa State was able to squeak through the defense for the score. The ensuing completed conversion gave Iowa State the 7-5 lead.

After a few changes of possession, the Mizzou back line set up the team near the Iowa State goal line with a long break and good rucking. The forwards picked off of the ruck quickly a few times before flyhalf Gareth Jones received the ball to the right of the ruck at full speed and busted through the defense for the try. He missed the tough conversion that followed to give the Mizzou a 10-7 lead. The Cyclones quickly got the ball back into the Tigers’ half of the field, and when Mizzou was penalized for a rucking infraction, they set up a penalty kick which was converted to tie the score at 10. At the very end of the first half, Mizzou set up a 5 meter scrum on the left sideline, and swung the ball through each back’s hands before wing Kellen Shockley beat the defense on the edge and touched it down. The Tigers led 15-10 at halftime.

The Tigers seemed to dominate the first part of the second half, keeping the ball in their possession and spending a lot of time in Iowa State’s half. 10 meters out from the try line, James Glavin picked the ball out of a ruck and, realizing there were no defenders towards the sideline, took the ball to the weak side and dragged a defender with him into the try zone for the score. After another tough placed conversion that was missed, Mizzou seemed to be pulling away 20-10.

The Tigers seemed to get lazy, or maybe became complacent with their lead, because in the next 6 minutes, Iowa State scored two tries, running easily through the Tigers’ back-line for scores. After converting one of the two scores, the Cyclones led 22-20. Mizzou seemed to refocus, realizing their season was on the line. They kept the ball in hand and ran hard, yet conservatively down the field and got into Iowa State’s half with good runs and secure rucking. In the middle of the field, Iowa State committed a penalty, setting up Gareth Jones for a penalty kick from about 25-30 meters out. Jones shook off the tough missed conversions and nailed the penalty easily. The Tigers received the ball on the kickoff knowing they had to maintain possession to win. With under a minute left, Iowa State stole the ball off a pass on the wing and took off down the sideline. The Cyclone player kicked a grubber and attempted to beat the defense with his speed. Mizzou wing Shockley got to the ball first and kicked it out of bounds ending the game. The Tigers celebrated the win, but knew that they didn’t play their best rugby that day.

Mizzou finishes the fall season undefeated in the Heart of America Conference and looks to be a better team in the spring. The spring season begins February 27th against Oklahoma State at home.


Mizzou vs. Kansas

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Mizzou Rugby traveled to Kansas City for a friendly against the University of Kansas. The game was hosted by the men’s club Kansas City Blues in their complex, Swope Park. Kansas controlled the offensive possession for a large majority of the first half. The Tigers couldn’t seem to get the ball out of their own territory as they committed unforced turnovers and penalties when they gained possession of the ball. Kansas got on the board first as their forwards punched in a score from close to the try zone with pick-and go’s. The Tigers offense answered back as a break off a lineout set up the Mizzou forwards deep in KU territory. After a few pick and go’s by the forward pack, sophomore 8-man James Glavin picked the ball and drove through a defender to touch it down for the try. Gareth Jones’s conversion tied the score 7-7. A few minutes before the half, the Mizzou defense allowed another Kansas try to make the score 12-7 KU at the half.

The Tigers started the second half hot as the forwards drove down the field and, again, positioned them near the goal line. Sam Upman picked the ball out of a ruck and drove through two defenders, carrying them with him, and scored the try. The Tigers led 14-12 before the defense seemed to get lazy. They struggled to keep the Jayhawks out of the try zone as KU put up two more tries quickly to make the score 26-14. Mizzou tried to rally to 12191125_10205592808485581_3796002433264636775_ocome back, but each time they gained possession they turned the ball over and couldn’t capitalize. They managed to drive down the field and position themselves close to the goal line near the end of the match. Flyhalf Gareth Jones received the ball from the scrumhalf out of the ruck and darted the defense from 10 meters out for the try. Down 26-21, the Tigers got the ball back and drove down the field using their forwards, but had the ball stolen off the ruck and kicked out of bounds to end the game.

The Tigers look forward to playing Kansas again March 5th for a very important conference matchup. Mizzou ends its fall season November 7th at Iowa State for a Heart of America Conference matchup.

Mizzou vs. Kansas State

Ty NashTigers defense shines in 21-3 defeat of Kansas State, gain momentum in Heart of America Conference

The Mizzou Rugby team went into their match against Kansas State knowing that it would be extremely important in determining the winner of the Heart of America Conference at the end of the year. After last year’s loss to Kansas State, in which the Wildcats kicked a penalty kick as time expired to beat the Tigers by one, ultimately keeping Mizzou from the national tournament, the Tigers were focused and motivated to avenge that loss.

It was an extremely physical and hard fought defensive game from both sides. The Kansas State forwards ran a lot of pick-and-go’s off of the the rucks, forcing the Tiger tacklers to hit low and hard. The majority of the first 10 minutes were spent in Mizzou’s defensive half as the Wildcats kept solid possesion and slowly advanced the ball down the field with runs by forwards and occssionally swinging the ball out to the backs. After a Mizzou ruck penalty, Kansas State lined up a penalty goal from about 20 meteres out that was missed low and left. After a few more changes of possesion, Kansas State found themselves in the same position, lining up a penalty kick. This time it was converted, putting the Wildcats up 3-0.

GJonesThe Tiger offense started to take off shortly there after. Off a scrum in their offensive half, the Tigers swung the ball to the inside center before the weakside wing Ty Nash crashed from the inside, shook a defender, and dragged one more into the try zone for the score. Gareth Jones converted to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead. A few minutes later, Mizzou found themselves deep in Wildcat territory. After forcing Kansas State into a penalty, Prop and captain Connor Fairfax alertly quick tapped the ball just a few meters from the goal line, then passed to flanker Adam Cooley who ran over one defender and finished for a try. Jones converted to give Mizzou a 14-3 lead headed into the half.

Kansas State’s offense was completely shut down in the second half thanks to the Tigers’ stingy defense. Mizzou’s forward pack led the way with mulitple big hits by James Glavin and Connor Fairfax, while Marc Makovicka and Mickey Watson strongly contested rucks and contributed to the stingy defense near the rucks. After having stressed finishing strong and being physically fit for this game, the Tigers were extremely happy with their second half performance. Captain Shane Glascott said before the match, “This game will be won in the second half.” The Tigers seemed to have taken that to heart with their physicality during the final 20 minutes of play. Although defense was the highlight of the second half, near the end of regulation Glascott made a break off a counter attack run before dishing it to Blake Ollar who beat Kansas State defenders down the sideline for the score. After Jones’s third conversion, Mizzou finished with a 21-3 win over the Kansas State. After the game, 5th year senior Glascott said, “In my eight years of rugby, I have never seen a team want to win that badly.” The Tigers played inspired, and physical defense and provided enough offense to take down the Wildcats and stay on track in their quest for nationals.

MIzzou plays a friendly against the University of Kansas next weekend (10/24) in Kansas City, MO (Swope Park). Game time is 3:45pm.

Glascott in the Spotlight

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After Missouri’s 61-24 win over the University of Illinois on September 12th, 5th-year senior captain Shane Glascott was honored by Gift Time Rugby as a Spotlight Player of the Week. The Tiger fullback dedicates time to rugby not only on the field, where the captain leads the Tigers in tries, but also off the field, where he handles the team’s finances as Treasurer. Under Glascott’s leadership, the Tigers hope to bring home Missouri’s first national championship in his final year playing Mizzou Rugby.

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