GAME WEEK - St. Edwards University vs. Stephen F. Austin University

St. Edward's University and Stephen F. Austin University met on an overcast and at times, dreary day in Austin TX this past Sat. SEU came in with a 2-0 Cup record after wins over the University of Dallas and SMU respectively. SFA has yet to play a cup game as the recent bout of flooding rain left their home pitch under water and not playable for the past few weeks.

SFA is a new-comer to the LSC playing previously in the SWC, a competitive D1-AA league. SEU is coming off of back to back LSC conference titles and a strong measure of exposure playing up against various D1 sides. If one word could sum up this match it would be "Physical",  SFA came with a clear plan of setting the tone and making the match a forward driven affair, relying on their advantage of size. While certainly not a small side, SEU typically wants to get the ball wide and play an up-tempo fast contest with lots of passing and quick ruck ball. 

Something had to give. SFA defended the ruck extremely well and did an excellent job of creating slow ball from the beginning. They excelled at holding the ball on offense for multiple phases and pressuring the ruck defensively. The difference in the match was when SEU had the opportunity to get the ball to the outside, they capitalized. Sophomore wing Austin Brass found space on the sidelines and scored 4 tries in the First Half. Senior Scrum half Connor McNally added one of his own as well. SFA responded with a try of their own and the score at halftime was SEU-27, SFA-7. 

The 2nd half saw much of the same. SFA held ball in SEU territory with several series of pick and drives as well as hard running off the ruck. They could not cash in the possession advantage however and SEU turned turnover's into points. SEU would score 4 more tries in the 2nd half, 2 by Outside Center Guillume de Reinach on long strikes off of turnovers deep in SEU territory. The final score was SEU-53-SFA-0.