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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Mizzou vs. Illinois


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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.

2014-2015 Season Recap


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.