Texas A&M and Texas meet Saturday in College Station, Texas to decide the inaugural Allied Rugby Conference championship. The Aggies finished the Allied regular season 5-0, and the Longhorns wound up 4-1, dropping their only loss to A&M.
Texas gave A&M its second-closest conference match of the season, but it still wasn’t all that close – 44-17. And, according to A&M coach Brett Mills, the game wasn’t as close as the score line indicates.
“Two of the tries they scored were in the last minute-and-a-half of the game. We’d been running in substitutes and everything. I think it would up looking a little closer than it was, because we dominated all game long,” said Mills.
“I have a huge amount of respect for them, because it’s a rivalry deal and they always step up and are ready to play in the rivalry game, and it’s round two, and we beat them in Austin, so I’m sure they’ll be ready to try and return the favor against us this week.”
Texas A&M’s play has been on a steady climb all season. They started off with a couple of tough losses against BYU and Life, but they appeared to climax last week with a 70-19 win over rival Oklahoma.
“I really think the way the guys are playing right now, and we’ve talked about it at least in conference play, we’re playing against ourselves in terms of we’ve got a game plan and if we do what we need to do we’ll be fine,” said Mills. “It’s when we start worrying about someone else that we don’t play well.”
The Championship isn’t the only game in College Station Saturday, as all the Allied teams are playing for some hardware. Texas Tech and Oklahoma are playing for third place and Sam Houston and Baylor for fifth.