Buckeyes Take Care of Bearcats: Cincinnati No Match for Ohio State’s High Powered Offense
Ohio State’s Men’s Rugby kicked off their 2016 campaign on the right foot with a 59-5 victory over the University of Cincinnati. Ohio State never looked back after a 12-0 lead in the first five minutes. The Buckeyes scored eleven tries in the match led by the 2015 Big Ten leading try scorer, Jojo Eramo, contributing five. Captain Aaron Thomas, who was sidelined last year due to a shoulder injury, added three scores of his own in his first 15s action since 2014. Senior wing Jack Walsh added two tries and Junior 8-man Matthew Stauder topped of the match with his second try of the season.
Ohio State featured their new dynamic offensive scheme that was implemented with the help of PRO Rugby Ohio Aviators who remain in the Columbus area to train in the offseason. Cincinnati was unprepared for the Buckeyes’ fast paced ball movement from sideline to sideline. The Buckeyes hope to improve and perfect their new offense as they continue their non-conference play before heading into conference play against Purdue University on Saturday, September 24th at home.
The the Buckeyes travel to Lakewood, Ohio to play their in-state rivals Bowling Green at a neutral site in front of the ever lively rugby community in Northeast Ohio. The Buckeyes are looking for vengeance after both 15s and 7s side losses to the Falcons in the 2015-2016 campaigns. The A-side match kicks off at 2:00PM with a 3:30PM B-side kickoff to follow.
The Buckeyes will host the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 17th while celebrating the Club’s 50th Anniversary since a couple professors and eager young college students founded the Club in 1966. Do not miss your chance to join in on the festivities when the Panthers visit Fred Beekman Park for a 1:00PM kickoff followed by an Old Boys vs. B-side friendly.