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Tulsa RFC Men Outpace Ft. Worth Back
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Date: Saturday - 12.03.16
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The men of Tulsa RFC hosted Ft. Worth on a chilly Saturday afternoon at RiverParks' Tulsa Rugby Pitch. It was the opening Red River Rugby Conference (RRRC) cup match for each team and the game started off as you can expect, with a bit of back and forth, figuring each other out. 20 minutes in a Yellow Card was issued to Tulsa's, Josh Kindis for repeated infringement at the breakdown. With Tulsa playing a man down Ft. Worth was able to capitalize scoring a quick TRY. The conversion was missed leaving the score 0-5 in favor of the visitors.

While still at a man disadvantage, Tulsa scrumhalf, Louie Vuocolo was able to exploit the blind side off the set piece and race in for a corner flag TRY to knot the score at 5 a piece. When Kindis' time in the bin expired he was replaced by Levi Grogan. Back at full strength, Tulsa winger, Dillon Kreiling was able to dot down in the corner a few minutes before half time to give Tulsa a 10-5 lead going into the break.

Tulsa came out of the shed with momentum and started things off on the right foot with a TRY from blindside flanker, Colby Myers. Conversion from Brett Stremme was good stretching the Tulsa lead to 17-5. Not to be outdone by another flashy forward, Dakota Wilkinson, appearing in his first match for TRFC, scored a nice try just two minutes later. Dakota brought the wood in his first full match in 4 years and set the bar for intensity and physicality throughout the day. Stremme again converted to push the score to 24-5.

Referee, Wendy Young was again forced to penalize Tulsa for lack of discipline in the breakdown, which led to a kick-able opportunity for Ft. Worth. This was easily within the range of flyhalf, Jacobus Smit, who knocked it over to close the gap to 24-8 Tulsa. After multiple opportunities for each team on the other side's try line  resulted in no points for either team, Ft. Worth's massive forwards were able to put together a nice stretch of play which resulted in a try scored by Matthew Stephens. The conversion by Smit gives us a ballgame at 24-15.

Tulsa answered right back with a bit of individual brilliance from Captain Brett Stremme, who was able to dance and dart his way around through the heart of the Ft. Worth defense to score a beautiful 50 meter try. Flyhalf Daniel Cook took over kicking duties for Stremme and slotted the conversion. In the dying minutes of the match, Levi Grogan dotted down with a flying center post TRY to cap off the match. Again Cook converts to make the final score Tulsa 38 Ft. Worth 15.

Overall, it was a nice first match for both teams, and a strong win for Tulsa!

Tulsa Try Scorers:

Louie Vuocolo
Dillon Kreiling
Colby Myers
Dakota Wilkinson
Brett Stremme
Levi Grogan

Conversions:

Brett Stremme (2)
Daniel Cook (2)

Man of the Match:
Dakota Wilkinson

First XV:
1 Brian Ferguson
2 Josh Kindis
3 Geoff Brilhart
4 Austin Rude
5 Dakota Wilkinson
6 Colby Myers
7 Evan Nichols
8 Brandon Hancock
9 Louie Vuocolo
10 Daniel Cook
11 Mark Cuenca
12 Luke Turner (wearing 25)
13 Clark Oakey
14 Dillon Kreiling
15 Brett Stremme

Impact Subs:
16 Zach Pritchett
17 Julain Montes
18 Levi Grogan
19 Nick O'Brien
20 Rob Fraser
21 Trent Taber
22 James Fife
23 Stephen Lee

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