Staples hosted Xavier this past Saturday in arguably the toughest conditions we've ever played or coached in - sub-freezing temperatures, snow and a crippling wind that made it feel as though it was below 0 degrees.
Both sides played with heart and extreme toughness, with Staples dominating possession and physically wearing down Xavier before taking control and ultimately winning 38-3. Given the extreme conditions both teams exhibited patience and did a nice job of taking care of the ball, surprisingly resulting in very few knock-on's. It was old-school rugby, with each team keeping the ball largely in the hands of the forwards.
When Staples did get the ball wide it was able to gain ground and recycle the ball, allowing it to repeatedly run multiple phases on offense. Line-outs were messy because of the high winds, scums were inconsistent and a number of newer players often found themselves out of position, so there's much room for improvement.
That said, all in all, it was a great first test for Staples, who nexts travels to Georgetown Prep this Saturday (3/19) for another major test. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm, for those who won't be able to travel to the game you can watch it live streamed at Little Barn on the Post Road in W'port.