Homecoming weekend was sweet to the Highlands rubgy club as well.
The Vatos improved their 2010-11 season record to 5-1 with impressive 44-7 “A” side and 26-14 “B” side wins over a tough Western State College Rugby Club this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.
“The Vatos seemed to embrace a running, open rugby with wonderfully supported gallops into open space and across the goal line,” said adviser Dick Greene. “The space was created by the hard-working forwards who won clean, forward moving ball in the difficult close contact areas. Rugby is not a game for the timid.”
Fullback and junior Adrian Mc Duff and graduate student, flanker, and ex-NMHU football standout Andy Entemann, were especially dominant.
“It was very encouraging rugby from a fine group of over 30 young players who are becoming gentlemen,” said Greene. “I was pleased with their efforts but more importantly with their unselfishness and sportsmanship. We have a very long way to go to maintain the solid national reputation on NMHU Vato Rugby. We will be confronted by much more difficult opposition. Our goal is always to play the game at the highest level of our division and to graduate well-balanced and trained individuals who are dedicated to lifelong learning, fitness, and good citizenship.”
The Vatos travel to Adams State College this Saturday to support the NMHU football team and to confront the ASC Rugby Club, which recently lost to WSC. The Vatos have never lost to ASC rugby team in more than 20 games over 10 years.