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1998 Western Championships - Lawrence, Kansas

posted Jul 16, 2012, 10:47 AM by Rice Rugby

Losing the players from the class of 1997 was a huge blow to the Rice team but they still managed to qualify for Westerns and were within one or two meters of scoring the winning try against CSU to grab the West number 3 seed to nationals. Lead by Captain Thomas Hutchinson and backed by 5th year senior Todd Haskins, the Owls turned a rebuilding year into a solid campaign.

In Westerns Rice beat St Louis University, lost to Truman State (MO), and then lost a heartbreaker to Colorado State University. It was sweet revenge to beat CSU in the Western Quarterfinals in 2000.

Fuentes, Woz, Haskins, Hammerick, Moreno, Shifflett, and Brown prepare for the lineout as scrumhalf Vaughan takes a breather. 

Steven calls Press B A for the Rice scrum against SLU

Captain Hutch sits back and watches Richardo and Joe play some defense

Steven attacks the weakside of the CSU ruck with Rene in support
Rice runs eighty-nine against CSU
The Rice forwards prepare to steal the CSU lineout