Spring Tour: Dartmouth 31, Austin 17

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club kicked off its traditional Spring touring season this week in Austin, Texas where the men in green outplayed a very physical men’s club, the Austin Blacks, to notch a 31-17 victory. Such a tight game was new territory for the DRFC, which had outscored regular season opponents by an average of over 20 points per game and ended this past season as undefeated Ivy League champions.

“We were able to pull it out due to our ability and speed with the ball,” said DRFC captain Mike DiBenedetto ’10, of the Texas victory. “It was nice to see the team hold off the Austin surge and score a couple of late-game tries.” Dartmouth’s victory was the first time the Blacks had lost to a collegiate side in 20 years.

The Dartmouth first XV will take on the University of Texas next on Friday, March 26th at 7:00 pm with a 2nd XV match to follow at 8:30.

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club, left.

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