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.