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Date: Wednesday - 04.03.19
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Tulsa RFC took the pitch at a rainy, mud soaked Lewis Pitch in Fayetteville with energy and excitement based on the prospect of facing the number one side in the Mid-America South Division, the Arkansas Gryphons. It was an opportunity to prove our win in the Fall over the otherwise undefeated Gryphons was not a fluke and that this young Tulsa team was finishing up the regular season moving in the right direction.  Despite some impressive team defense on several goal line stands, Arkansas was able to hold off Tulsa 40 - 14 at the final whistle Saturday afternoon.
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Tulsa was plagued by injuries leading up to the match with several key players ruled out of the contest. The Injury bug continued to beset the side during the match. Explosive winger Parker "Moondoggie" Meyer went down in the first five minutes with an 
undetermined knee injury. Peter “Petey Pablo” Shipley, playing the best rugby of his life as of late, was caught with a dangerous elbow - in clear view of all those in attendence - at an early breakdown and was taken off as a blood sub. Sadly, the match was never the same after this point. Shipley was tended to by medical staff on the sidelines, and to his credit, returned to have another strong game. Do everything Center, David 'La Serpiente" Sandoval was lost after suffering a severe ankle injury 15 minutes in.  
In addition, flanker Britin “Stoney” Stone was shown a Red Card at the 25th minute in one of several melet's that were plaguing this match early on. 

Due to the Red Card, Tulsa was forced to play the remaining 55 minutes at a man disadvantage, 14 vs 15.  
As a result, Arkansas tacked on two more trys and Tulsa limped into halftime down 26 - 0. 

The 2nd half saw much of the same scrappy play in the rain. Early in the 2nd 
half, Tulsa had several opportunities in the Red Zone but were turned away each time. The Gryphons were able to capitalize on their man advantage collecting two more trys before Tulsa's Brandon Bob” Hancock finally found the Try Zone. 

Despite the high scoring effort from the Gryphons, flashes of strength on defense were on display Saturday as Tulsa showed resiliency on the goal line and grit to play through injuries all while a man down. 

"Really proud of the boys, really tough going down to 14 men early," noted Player/Coach Luke Turner, "They never gave up and showed signs of the side we want to be at points there in the 2nd half." 

Echoing those remarks, it's a shame we didn't have more consistency this Cup season, but building on this experiece is the name of the game as this notably young squad strides into Spring/Summer competition!
Congratulations to the Gryphons and best of luck as they take on Little Rock this weekend in the final regular season match and on their first run at the USA RUGBY D2 Playoffs.

Tulsa RFC hosts three (3) more home matches this spring before the focus shifts to 7s. 
April 14  vs   Washburn University
April 27  vs   Tulsa Old Boys
May 11   vs   Springfield




Starting XV
1. Austing Rude

2. Josh Kindis

3. Mason Lane

4. Logan Baker

5. Gaige Fuhrman

6. Britin Stone

7. Dakota Wilkinson

8. Brandon Hancock

9. Sadique Tiouti

10. Logan Singleton (C)

11. Parker Meyer

12. David Sandoval

13. Pete Shipley

14. Pierce Lindabald

15. Josiah Persinger


Replacements
16. Luke Turner

17. Kenny Brown

18. Cody West

Trys:
Brandon Hancock (2)

Conversions:
Logan Singleton (2)

Cards:
Britin Stone (Red)

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