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|Truman State, Penn State Score Early Season Ws||15/09/04|
|Truman and Penn open season with winsAlthough they are just two weeks into the 2004/2005 school year, the Truman State University rugby team scored a first up 63-14 victory at the weekend over the University of Missouri-Columbia.
For both teams, errors crept into the game early and often, as neither side was match fit. Missouri fielded an athletic side, but on the day, they weren’t able to match it with their Truman State rivals. For Truman, flyhalf Sean Foley, an All-American, put in a solid game.
“We were doing a lot of good things, but not everything worked out properly,” said Truman coach Bill Sexton. “We had better go-forward rugby in the second period and we got good production from the guys coming back from last season.”
This weekend Truman is scheduled to play Nebraska, a team that competed at the Jackalope tournament in Wyoming last weekend, and Sexton is expecting a good test for his side.
Meantime, Penn State edged Ohio State 25-18 in an early season hitout for both colleges.
For Ohio State, which doesn’t return to school until September 22, the team had had only two practice sessions before going into the game.
“Not a crisp game by either side (it’s early), but a good game to get started with and build for the upcoming year,” noted Ohio State coach Tom Rooney. “Lots of good first phase rugby, fair amount of handling errors, and some indecisive defensive moments that led to scores. All in all, a fair beginning by both teams.”
By Brian Lowe