New Mexico Tech kicks off rugby season

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The New Mexico Tech Pygmy Rugby Club kicked off their spring 2014 season at home Saturday with a scrimmage against men’s club side New Mexico Brujos.

Under cloudy but relatively windless conditions, the visitors led 20 to nil after two of a total of four periods on the strength of four five-point tries.

Tech rallied to score two tries in the third period to pull within six points before the Brujos slammed the door with two more tries in the final stanza to outscore the students 27 to 14.

By mutual agreement the teams played four twenty-minute periods instead of the regulation format of two forty-minute halves.

This allowed Tech to try different player combinations ahead of the competitive schedule which starts on the road against the University of Texas at El Paso on Feb. 15.

Former U.S. Marine Moises Veleta played in his first-ever rugby match, as did Carl Peart, a freshman out of Rio Rancho High School.

Returning for a guest appearance after a year with the Coastal Rugby Club in New Plymouth, New Zealand, was Socorro native James Chavez.