Under the lights is traditionally when UR rugby comes out to play. Friday night October 30, 2010 was no exception. From the first whistle, UR pack took the game to W&L & threatened to finish the game in the third minute when 8-man Ricky Lottenbach crashed over for the first try of his well-deserved hatrick.
Starter fly-half, Josh (Ned) Flanders had to pull out in the warm-up with a strained quad, so senior Chad Crigger took he starting place with aplomb & started tearing the W&L backline apart with deft passing & an intelligent kicking game. W&L replied with a well worked try in the 8th minute but then the UR pack took hold. A push-over try scored by scrum-half John Ramirez saw the half-time score as 14 to 7.
The second half started with 2 injury-induced changes in the pack meaning that freshman Conner Boillat & Senior Damian Gibbs took the field. Straight away W&L had trouble dealing with the fresh legs. Further scores from Lottenbach (2), Sam Perkins, Rory Quinlan & Crigger who used his well-paid for bulk to force himself over the line, meant that UR were never really threatened. Although sterling defensive work from the back 3 of Pete Saulitis, Andy Krause & Jerone Schillings made sure the very talented W&L backline never got a sniff of the tryline. The score at no-side was 36-7.
So, onto the state championship next weekend. UR go into the play as the umber 2 seed. We shall see.