5th Year Senior Glascott Honored as a Spotlight Player of the Week
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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Mizzou Downs Illinois in First Match with Impressive Offensive Attack
The Tigers’ first match of the season was a neutral site matchup in St. Louis for a friendly against the University of Illinois. They came into the match hoping to make a statement against a D1-A opponent out of the traditionally very strong Big Ten Conference. Mizzou’s starting 15 was comprised of 11 returning starters from last years team. The Tigers started fast, scoring in the first 6 minutes on an interception by wing Ty Nash on which he beat 2 defenders down the sideline and finished for the try. The Tigers got the ball back and swung it to the back line where fullback Shane Glascott dummy passed to the wing and took it 50 meters for a try. The Tigers led 12-0 before the Illini answered with an interception of their own for an easy score. On the next possession, the Tigers used a few breaks to possession themselves near the Illini goal line before scrumhalf J.T. Schlegel quickly picked the ball from the ruck and dove in for the short try between the posts. The Tigers found themselves in the same position on the Illini goal line just a few minutes later. A penalty set up the Tigers 10 meters out before flanker Adam Cooley ran over an Illini defender for the try. The Tigers led 26-7 before Illinois answered with two quick tries of their own courtesy of some lazy defense from Mizzou. At the half, Mizzou led Illinois 27-17.
Shane Glascott opened the second half with another long try making multiple defenders miss along the way. The Tigers controlled possession extremely well in the second half, getting the ball deep into Illini territory before J.T. Schlegel showed off his awareness with another quick pick from the ruck and dove in for the try. Mizzou began to pull away as inside center Colin Kreager broke free for one of his many long runs in the game before outside center Blake Ollar alertly secured the ball and dove into the try zone to put the Tigers up 47-7. After an Illini try and conversion, flyhalf Gareth Jones made a long break supported by Mickey Watson who ultimately powered it in for the try. Again on the opposing goal line, James Glavin ran through an Illini defender for the final try of the game. Gareth Jones completed an impressive 8 of 9 conversions for a final score of 61-24 Tigers.
The St. Louis Bombers who hosted the game at Lucier Park hope to make the Mizzou vs. Illinois game an annual rivalry. The bombers handed out the following awards at the end of the game: Back of the Match: J.T. Schlegel; Forward of the Match: Adam Cooley; Honorable Mention: James Glavin; Overall MVP: Shane Glascott
The Tigers begin preparing for their first Heart of America conference matchup on October 17th against Kansas State.
The 2014-2015 Mizzou Rugby season was one of many highs and lows, as the team finished ranked 37th in the nation for Division 1 but suffered many heartbreaking close losses. The Tigers brought a young team into the season, returning only 4 senior starters and starting up to 7 freshmen at one point in the season. Led by coach Don Corwin and captains Luke Rosner and Connor Fairfax, the Tigers finished 4-1-1 in the Heart of America Conference, good enough for a second-place tie with Kansas State, behind only conference champion Arkansas.
Here are the results for the Mizzou Rugby 15’s season:
L vs. Oklahoma 15-10
L @ Kansas State 25-24
W vs. Iowa State 45-15
L @ Notre Dame 32-31
W vs. Kansas 26-10
T @ Arkansas 24-24
W vs. Truman State 71-12
W vs. Oklahoma State forfeit
The Mizzou Tigers competed in the Heart of America Rugby 7’s tournament in Lawrence, KS in the spring where the winner qualifies for the 7’s national tournament. They finished second to Arkansas again, losing in the championship game. The Tigers will return 11 of their 12 players on the 7’s roster in the upcoming 2015-2016 season, losing only captain Luke Rosner.
Here are the results for the Mizzou Rugby 7’s tournament:
W vs. Kansas 24-7
W vs. Iowa State 28-15
W vs. Kansas State 36-7
L vs. Arkansas 14-10
Mizzou Rugby is very optimistic moving forward into the 2015-16 season as they return many starters and other contributing players and look forward to a talented incoming freshman class. The Tigers consider themselves the team to beat in the Heart of America conference this upcoming season. Stay tuned for rosters, schedules, scores, photos, and more on the new Mizzou Men’s Rugby Club website.