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2002-2003 Match Results

Fort Worth vs. Houston Athletic RC

March 8, 2003 - Fort Worth


HARC stands in second place in the TRU standings.  The match in Houston in the Fall was a close 4 point loss for Fort Worth.  The matches begin at 2:00. Maps to pitch (Rolling Hills) and pub (The Mule Pub)

Fort Worth vs. Woodlands RFC

March 1, 2003 - Fort Worth

Fort Worth A - 37  Woodlands A - 12
Fort Worth B - 22  Woodlands B - 27

Fort Worth vs. Dallas Harlequins

February 15, 2003 - Fort Worth

Fort Worth A - 10  Harlequins A - 45
Fort Worth B - 5  Harlequins B - 17

Fort Worth vs. Dallas RFC

February 8, 2003 - Fort Worth

Fort Worth A - 17  Dallas A - 24
Fort Worth B - 30  Dallas B - 24

Fort Worth vs. Austin RFC

February 1, 2003 - Fort Worth

Fort Worth A - 10  Austin A - 25
Fort Worth B - 17  Austin B - 17


2002 National Finalist Austin RFC comes into this match as the clear favorite.  Austin has strung together 5 straight victories in cup matches and is atop the Texas Premier table for Division 1 sides.  A close loss to the Dallas Harlequins is the only recent blemish to their record.

The first XV match begins at 2:00, and the second XV follows at 3:30.  The after-match party will be at The Mule Pub, and will begin around 5:30. Maps to pitch (Rolling Hills) and pub (The Mule Pub)

Fort Worth vs. San Antonio RFC

January 25, 2003 - at Fort Worth

Fort Worth A - 10 San Antonio A - 3

Man of the match flanker Brian Edmonson led Fort Worth to victory in this defensive struggle.  The first half ended in a scoreless tie as a dozen first half penalties stopped Fort Worth from scoring.  San Antonio had little possession, but were still able to manage a few good threats on Fort Worth's line.

Early in the second half, inside center Josh Jones broke around the left side and set up wing Al Christian for a try.  Emmett Holmes kicked the conversion, and then added a penalty 10 minutes later to finish Fort Worth's scoring.

San Antonio added a late penalty to get within 7, but had few opportunities with the ball to add to their tally.

Fort Worth B - 12 San Antonio B - 15

Fort Worth started strong, led by Ryan "Buddy" Love to 2 early tries.  San Antonio rallied for 3 scores to take the match late.


Fort Worth vs. Arlington Mavericks

January 18, 2003 - Arlington

Fort Worth A - 69 Arlington A - 3
Fort Worth B - 0 Arlington B - 7

Fort Worth vs. Austin RFC

December 14, 2002 - Austin

Fort Worth A - 15 Austin A - 31
Fort Worth B - 18 Austin B - 46


Austin began 2002 with a surprising loss to San Antonio, but has rolled off three convincing victories to set themselves atop the Texas Premier Table.  Fort Worth looks to build on last week's victory over cross-town rivals Dallas.  The matches begin at 2:00 at Burr Field in Austin.

Fort Worth vs. Dallas RFC

December 7, 2002 - Dallas

Fort Worth A - 17 Dallas A - 8
Fort Worth B - 19 Dallas B - 29

Fort Worth vs. Dallas Harlequins

November 23, 2002 - Dallas

Fort Worth A - 25 Quins A - 42
Fort Worth B - 17 Quins B - 32

Fort Worth vs. San Antonio

November 16, 2002 - San Antonio

Fort Worth A - 21 San Antonio A - 26
Fort Worth B - 15 San Antonio B - 26


San Antonio is looking to improve on their 5-5 premier league record of a year ago.  This year they're officially in the first division, winning an impressive victory over Austin in October.  However the fast start was short-lived as rain slowed their fast paced game down and HARC stole a match in San Antonio 2 weeks later.

Recent match between the clubs have been hotly contested and this one will be key to either club's ability to earn a playoff spot in the spring.

Fort Worth vs. Houston Athletic Rugby Club

November 09, 2002 - Houston

Fort Worth A - 19 HARC A - 23

Fort Worth began under a great deal of pressure for the first 15 minutes of the match.  Solid defense and some lucky breaks kept the score at only a 0-6 deficit on 2 penalties by HARC's fullback.

Flyhalf Emmett Holmes kept Fort Worth in the match with 3 penalties as the half ended with Fort Worth up 9-6.

Shortly into the second half HARC scored on the first sign of first division rugby in the match.  The missed conversion left HARC leading 11-9.

Fort Worth's captain, James Walters took advantage of a floating pass from HARC's flyhalf to run 60 meters untouched for a try. With the Holmes conversion Fort Worth was in the lead 16-11 at 10 minutes into the half.

HARC put another try and conversion on the board at 22 minutes to regain the lead 18-16. Shortly thereafter Fort Worth again had the lead at 19-18 on a penalty from Holmes.  Finally, at 36 minutes HARC took the lead for good with a try in the corner.  Fort Worth attacked with ferocity in the final  minutes, but HARC held on for the 23-19 victory.

Fort Worth B - 38 HARC B - 20

Fort Worth traveled without enough B side players to make it official, so the match was awarded to HARC.  Standouts Brian King, Jerry White, Kevin Edmonson, and Brian Edmonson countered a fine match from HARC's hooker to lead the B side to victory anyway.  Try scorers were Josh Jones with 2, Trey Harlin, Kevin Edmonson, Thad Hill, and Jerry White. Emmett Holmes converted 4 of the 6 tries.


HARC is back on track after a disappointing finish in the TRU last season.  With a victory over the resurgent San Antonio, they've started strong and will be a difficult challenge in Fort Worth's first cup match.

2002 Heineken Cowtown Tournament

October 12-13, 2002 - Fort Worth, Texas

For complete details on the biggest Cowtown ever, visit the Heineken Cowtown Information Page.

Fort Worth vs. Kansas Jayhawks

September 07, 2002 - Lawrence, Kansas

Fort Worth MLR - 15 KU Jayhawks MLR - 7

Fort Worth traveled to the Westwick Rugby Complex in Lawrence, Kansas for the first time.  The Jayhawks have a very impressive facility, although a harsh summer drought left them unable to water their playing fields.  This left an extremely hard pitch that, combined with the 101 degree temperature, resulted in some of the harshest conditions Fort Worth had seen in years.

The first half was a mostly even affair, with KU retaining a slight territorial and possession advantage.  The Jayhawks were close to the Fort Worth line at least twice, but Fort Worth weathered each attack to keep them from any points.  The halftime score remained 0-0.

In the second half, Fort Worth started stronger than KU, and within 5 minutes a long possession from the Fort Worth pack finally sprang scrum half Theo Van Wyk across the goal line for the first points of the day. At 15 minutes, the Fort Worth momentum continued with an Al Christian weaving score into the right corner.  Both conversions were missed and the score was now 10-0 in Fort Worth's favor.

KU replied with a score of their own at 25 minutes, to reduce Fort Worth's lead to 10-7.  Finally, with 10 minutes remaining, Christian collected his second try of the game to seal the victory.  On this try, fly half Emmet Holmes chip kicked into the goal area, with a KU player in a good position to collect it and ground the ball.  Al hustled in front of the player, picked the ball out of the air and grounded it just before going into touch.  The missed conversion left the final score at 15-7. 

Fort Worth B - 17 KU Jayhawks B - 12

KU jumped to a very quick 12-0 lead without much resistance from the Fort Worth team.  After this wake up call, Fort Worth played better defense for the remainder and retained a large possession advantage.

Fort Worth got on the board with a push over try late in the first 20-minute half.  The front row of Rusty, Skip Miles and Mac Robertson controlled virtually all of the scrums on the day.

The second Fort Worth try leveled the score at 12-12, with some nice handling work from the Fort Worth pack.

With 5 minutes remaining, Fort Worth took the victory with a try from high school winger Colter Smith.  Colter took a pass from Al Christian and finished in the corner just as he was being tackled for his first try ever.


Fort Worth and the Jayhawks meet for only the second time in their collective histories.  Both clubs are looking to finally earn some victories in the MLR and play in the MLR Championship in October in Las Vegas.  The previous meeting between the clubs was in a hangover-laden altitude-sickness-suffering match in the 2000 Aspen Tournament, which was won by Fort Worth.




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