By Luke Swiatek ‘18
Brother Rice Rugby took a trip to St. Louis on February 24, 2018, to play an exhibition match against St. Louis University High. The featured matches included a full varsity game, a half junior varsity game, and a half freshman-sophomore game. Brother Rice defeated Billikens at all three levels, marking a successful day for the Crusaders. Although it was a long day, it was a good experience for players at all levels. It was a great way to kick off the season for the varsity and junior varsity to get them acclimated to playing again. It was also the first real rugby game for the freshman-sophomore team, so it was a useful learning opportunity for them going forward.
St. Louis University High is located in the middle of St. Louis. The school itself was massive, mainly because it is a feeder school to the college St. Louis University. Leaving at nearly 6:00 A.M. in the morning to go on a five hour car ride, the team had to stop at a truck-stop around halfway to St. Louis, which was very different from most places around Brother Rice. Besides the games themselves, the day was a very fun experience for all players in the program, no matter how tired they were from the long, eventful day.
Senior Joe Konrath said: “It was a really long day but I had a lot of fun. It was a good start for the season with wins for all the levels.” This is Joe’s fourth year playing rugby, and he looks to further his skills and make a championship run.
When asked about his experience in St. Louis, senior and JV captain Pat Bresnahan said: “We played well against a good team in St. Louis, but I think it built our team chemistry up a lot going forward in the season.
The rugby team kicked off their season in style and hopes to expand on that going forward. With leadership, skills, and determination, it should be a great season for the Crusaders.