Queens Men’s rugby faced the Clemson Tigers this past weekend in a thrilling home opener, although it unfortunately resulted in a 19-12 loss.
Queens drew first blood with a try from John Monroe, and Stanton Johnson followed it up with a successful conversion to create an early 7-0 lead. Clemson’s Drew Dommel closely followed with a penalty kick, try, conversion, and another penalty kick to put the Tigers ahead 13-7 at the end of the first half.
Dommel dominated again in the second half as he scored a further two penalty kicks, making the score 19-7 before Queens got the final points of the game off of a try from Lebo Ngwenya.
“We played good in defense until the second half when we ran out of gas,” said flanker Cord Richardson. He also addressed the fact that Queens should be very proud, since “it gave us a good idea of what we can do as a team, because Clemson is a Division I team and we are Division II”.
Prince-Louis Bush, a prop, said it was a hard-fought game. He suggested that for future games he felt the team could work on their communication and defense. When asked how the game was for him personally, he said that he “enjoyed the game” and that it was “a new experience entirely.”
The Royals traveled to Raleigh today to play North Carolina State University. Bush looks forward to getting better as a team and preparing to be ready for NC State. Queens can take a lot of positives and confidence from this game and use them going forward.
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