J & I headed out to beautiful San Diego last weekend to watch the national Mexico U19 rugby team take on University of San Diego. I became a fan of Mexico when I saw them play at the iRB 7’s at Petco Park many years back; they were considered the “underdogs” of the tournament and I will never forget how kind, gracious, and fun their fans were!
It was great to see Mexico’s young, fit, and quite quick squad tear it up on the field. It was even more of a treat to see our dear friend Andres (who J played for Black Thunder and the Mexico U19 national team years ago) dominate not only as scrum half, but as “El Capitan”.
Mexico’s back line excelled with quick feet, powerful runs, and crisp passes. Although their average size was smaller than USD’s, they used it to their advantage. Mexico scored within the opening minutes and went on to dominate San Diego with a point differential of 65 points at 74-19. To be fair, it must be noted that USD’s squad was made up of newcomers and freshmen; without a doubt, the score would be much closer if Mexico played USD’s starting squad. There were some wonderful spurts of brilliance from USD’s side, and I’m sure that with practice and some more game time under their belts, their rookies will become more confident and rugby-conscious.
I’m eager to see how both teams develop throughout their season and expect nothing but great things from them both. Here’s to a successful day of rugby (and the beach, too!).
Check out some of my favorite shots below; more snapshots from the game can be found here.