SARFC to Host Teddington RFC

The San Antonio Rugby Football Club will once again host a touring side from the United Kingdom on Saturday, June 4. This year’s installment will feature the men and women from Teddington Rugby Football Club based in southwest London.

San Antonio RFC will share hosting duties with the San Antonio Riveters, the area’s premier women’s rugby team. The women’s match will kick off at noon, with the men’s match following at 2pm. Matches will be played in Olmos Basin Park, 651 Devine Rd.

Marcus Leming, SARFC Club President, shared his thoughts on this year’s event, “We are excited to be hosting another international team this summer. What’s even better is that 2016 will mark the first year that we will have the privilege of coordinating a women’s match. Rugby is on the rise in San Antonio and we are grateful to have the opportunity to share it with the San Antonio community.”

The international touring sides that San Antonio has hosted over the years include: Gilfach Goch RFC (Wales), Tonmawr RFC (Wales), Tata Steel RFC (formerly Corus RFC), Bedlinog RFC (Wales), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) British Army, Old Patesians RFC (England), and Old Illtydians RFC (Wales).

Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen as we are hoping to treat our British guests with hot and humid Texas weather. Matches will be followed by a barbeque and social. 

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San Antonio vs San Marcos Write Up

               On a cold and blustery January day the big men of SARFC showed up at a narrow and windy City Park pitch in the heart of downtown San Marcos to contend with the formidable I 35 corridor nemesis, San Marcos. The boys from San Antonio came prepared with a retinue of subs and supporters.

                The scoring started with the Greys being awarded a penalty try in the 15th minute, followed up by a successful conversion and a yellow card and sin bin for Tom Morell for a high tackle. San Antonio answered back with a penalty kick a short five minutes later thanks to the foot of Manuel Cuesta. Score 7-3.

                   San Antonio seemed very lethargic throughout the first half of the game, much to the delight of the Greys #3.  SARFC was given all it could take by him, his elbows, and ruthless running style. The Greys capitalized with a converted try off of him and his great support. Following that try, SARFC and the Greys exchanged blows with a penalty try, a converted try, and a penalty kick bringing the score to 24-10.

                    After a much needed rest and kick in the rear, SARFC came out a different team in the second half with a quick 3 points at the 42 minute mark. The game continued similarly to the first half, but with SA finally playing their game plan. Better late than never. Despite an outrageous 29 penalties by the Greys, SA wasn't able to fully capitalize with many points (as expected of a team with several new players). The game was within 9 points going into the final five minutes, 36-27, until the Greys #13 put the nail in the coffin, and their #9 converting the try. With a final score of 43-27, the Greys gain a bonus point and a tie for 1st place in the D3 Central Division. San Antonio moves to 1-2-1 and 4th place in the division.


San Antonio Defeats Galveston!

In the final regular season match, San Antonio traveled to Galveston this past weekend.  Despite the sloppy condition, SA played a solid game.  The official score will be 28-0 (including the bonus point) due to a last minute forfeiture by Galveston, in order to get some needed game time for new players who aren't officially CIPPed yet.  However, that was kept secret to most SA players in order to keep their heads focused and 'in the game' as we prepare for the playoffs.  We managed to get all players plenty of time on the field and gained some solid experience on the road.  At the end of the day, we won 41-17!

Next up is the Annual Team Banquet this coming weekend (2 May 7-11PM).  Please RSVP ASAP if you plan to attend and have not yet.  Then we have the playoffs in Dallas on 16 & 17 May.  This is an exciting time for the club.  Get up for it!


San Antonio Beat Corpus Christi!

11 April 2015

In the last home match of the season, at Olmos Basin Park, your San Antonio RFC hosted the Corpus Christi Crabs.  The match was dedicated in honor of the local Wounded Warrior Vets.

It was a hard fought match by the Crabs who were short in numbers but played the match anyways with only 14 men.  We appreciate their commitment to the game.  The final score was 58-17.

San Antonio plays one last regular season match in Galveston on 25 April (kick off scheduled for 2PM).  Then they will be preparing for the state playoffs in Dallas.


Last Home Match in Honor of Wounded Warriors

Saturday, 11 April 2015, San Antonio RFC will be playing its final home match of the season against visiting Corpus Christi RFC. As we take on this great challenge and look forward to the playoffs we are honored to play for some of our country's bravest. San Antonio will be hosting recovering veterans from SAMC's Wounded Warriors unit as a show of gratitude and respect in an effort to show these men and women of the Armed Forces a great time watching rugby on an April afternoon. BBQ and refreshments (both adult and otherwise) will be provided.  Family and friends are invited!

Please contact us with any questions you may have and let us know if any transportation or seating arrangements need to be made and we will do our best to accommodate them.

We look forward to seeing you out there!


SARFC Beats Lonestar, 38-14!

"The essence of rugby is a man becoming part of a team." 

In that light, Lonestar is a team cut from our own cloth. They play hard and they are friendly after the match. I think we've found a kindred spirits that we should look out for in the future and that we can party with in the present. 
- Coach Arbizu

Match Recap:
In the sixth minute, Kyle 'Nigel' Rogier scored the games first try, touching the ball down after a solid maul driven-in off a 5-meter line-out by SA.  The hard angle resulted in a missed conversion by Orlando 'O' Villegas (5–0).   Lonestar responded in the fifteenth minute and converted to take the lead (7–5).  Answering right back, and in true fashion, Cliff Davidson intercepted a Lonestar pass and took it to the house for five (18').  A converted try by O brought the score to 12–7.  In the twenty-sixth minute Sam Poindexter, the eventual man of the match, scored and O missed a rare second conversion (17-7).  O redeemed himself with a couple of penalty kick in the thirty-second minute and another in the thirty-fifth, making the score 23-7 at the half.

In the second half, Lonestar scored four minutes in and converted the try (23–14).  San Antonio answered back four minutes later when Tom Beers scored off a pick from a scrum down.  A converted try by O brought the score to 30-14.  A few minutes later O came out with an injury and a bell-rung Cliff attempted a penalty kick in the sixtieth minute that missed the mark. Two minutes later Ian Klaes attempted and converted the next penalty for San Antonio (33–14).  Sam managed to punch in a second try (74') and a missed conversion by Michael Villalobos made the final score of the game 38-14. The ref, Paul Purcell, was limited on the whistle and let a lot of things play and allowed the chippiness of the two sides get slightly out of hand from time to time.  Overall, it was a solid win for San Antonio.  Matalos!

SARFC vs Lonestar 3/28/15

Get ready for this week's game against Lonestar, this Saturday, 3/28/15.

**Attention** Kick off is 5pm, please remember that we are scheduled to kickoff at 5pm, plan accordingly.

Their field is located at:

Alden Bridge Sports Park
6445 College Park Dr
Woodlands, TX 7732

See you there. Matalos!


SARFC Defeats Austin Horde, 43 - 17!

The match was played in wet/sloppy conditions down on Brooks Field (Thank you AC) after a last-minute location change due to a flooded Olmos Basin.  The game opened with the first of several botched KO returns and subsequent early confusion on defense, Austin Horde took advantage of San Antonio's early mental errors with a quick score two-and-a-half minutes in, missing the conversion kick (0-5).   Six minutes late, Cliff "F You! Pay me!" Davidson answered back with a successful conversion by Orlando 'O' Villegas (7-5).  A penalty in the thirteenth minute gives SA a one-player advantage, sending the Austin #7 to the Sin Bin.  However, the ref, Sam Reagle, through a series of questionable calls, allowed SA to only get away with a successful penalty kick by O at 16' (10-5) before the Sin Bin was released.  Eight minutes later, Orlando scores and converts, making the score 17–5, SA.  San Antonio was attacking heavily and the side judge robbed Butcher Kitchen from a tip-toe corner try, but then, in the twenty-seventh minute, Ernesto 'Guz' Guzman pounded the ball into the corner.  O missed a tough kick from the left sideline (22–5).  Another defensive error gave the Horde an opportunity to score in the thirtieth minute, again missing the conversion (22-10).  O missed a wet penalty kick at 32' in.  James 'Junior' Hernandez scored the last points of the half in the thirty-seventh minute and O converted, bringing the score to 29-10.

Halftime subs included Avery Williams for Noel McCusker, Ausage 'Ito' Suiaunoa for Butcher, and Jordan Jahrling for Ian Klaes.

Just after the half (42'), a huge offsides in the line out is missed, leading to a 5 m scrum against San Antonio but an outstanding defensive stand keeps Austin from breaking the line.  Victor 'Vick' Zapata is subbed-in for Michael 'lobo' Villalobos (51').   In the fifty-fourth minute, Tom Beers scores on a long run and O converts (36-10).  Stephen 'Squatch' Poindexter and Brian 'Sunshine (Patricia?)' Leggett were subbed in for Vaovasa 'Vasa' Kuresa and Tom 'Tom Tom' Morell, respectively, in the fifty-eighth minute (five subs used at this point).  Kyle 'Nigel' Rogier scored off a great dummy pass (62') with another successful conversion by O (43-10).   At 65', Nicholas Kugel was subbed for Junior, Matthew 'Chunk' Green for 'Gorgeous White Marcus (GWM)' Leming, and finally, at 68', Jarrod Bueno for Guz (a final front-row substitution).  Austin scored again and finally converted at the 72'.  A long 87' match ended 43-17, in favor of San Antonio.

Match Writeup: San Antonio @ McAllen

"The sea was angry that day, my friends, but not as angry as the ref."
- Coach Jay Arbizu

San Antonio came out fast and played the first 15 minutes in McAllen's half with Lobos finally taking the first try over the line at the 16th minute.  McAllen cherry-picked an errant pass to tie the score 7-7 (23'). SA answered right back with a try by Chuy at the 27th minute.  At half, the score was 28-7 with two more tries by Cliff (37' and 40').

The second half was not as pretty.  Chuy scored a second time early on (44'), McAllen responded with a second try (52'), and a third try for Cliff at the 60th minute (with Orlando making his 6th conversion kick of the day) was the last time SA scored.  Two long yellow cards (Dell at the 67th minute and Tonga one minute later) left a lot of time for McAllen to attack against a 13-man defense.  McAllen managed to punch in three tries (70', 82', & 87') as the ref allowed the match to run almost ten minutes over full-time.

In the end, San Antonio secured the win with a final score of 42-31 and earned the needed bonus point. Overall, it was a solid victory on a long road trip and traveling a little light! Matalos!

McAllen Match Sheet