On a perfect Saturday at the Tulsa Rugby Pitch on 37th and Riverside, the Men's Tulsa Rugby Football Club played a hard fought match against arch rival Little Rock Stormers. These teams have battled each other since the mid 1970's and while bitter rivals a mutual respect and apreciation exists between the two clubs. Little Rock has been the standard bearer of D2 RRRC for the past few years and it is always a huge challenge every time we face them on the pitch.
The Stormers took an early Lead in the match after a Tulsa infraction led to a penalty kick by Stormer #12, Chance Hugh. 3 minutes later Little Rock was on the board again when Michael Oliver was able to touch down in the corner, the conversion from Hugh was no good, and Little Rock was up 0-8. Tulsa answered back with a try from a defensive lineout when flanker, Evan Nichols took an arrant throw in for the score. Tulsa captain, Brett Stremme was able to slot the conversion cutting Little Rocks lead to 8-7.
10 minutes later Tulsa was able to put together a 10 phase movement with some nifty ball handling and hard runs that paid off with a try from the prop with the great beard, Geoff Brillhart. Again Stremme was true with the conversion kick and Tulsa took their first lead of the game at 14-8. The back and forth nature of the first half continued but Little Rock was able to take momentum with two tries late from flyhalf, Ronnie Parkinson and 2nd row, Win Noble. Little Rock went into half time with a 14-20 advantage over the hosts, Tulsa RFC.
After the half Tulsa took over ball control and was able get on the board early with another penalty kick for Brett Stremme. Little Rock answered back with a PK of their own to push their lead to 17-23. Two long distance tries from Tulsa winger, Nick O'Brien and flanker, Britin Stone put Tulsa up for good and they came away with a big win 32-30.
Tulsa Trys: Evan Nichols; Geoff Brillhart; Nick O'Brien; Britin Stone
Penalty Kicks: Brett Stremme (2)
Conversions: Brett Stremme (3)
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