Pushed in the first half of Saturday’s DI-A quarterfinal, St. Mary’s rebounded nicely to defeat Colorado 65-25.
Head Coach Tim O’Brien found his players’ reaction curious.
“You score 65 points and the players are pissed off,” said O’Brien. “They weren’t happy with their performance.”
St. Mary’s scored within the first 90 seconds, and kept the ball moving quickly, looking like scoring almost every possession.
The Gaels scored ten tries from eight different players, but overall the players did feel a little pressed by Colorado. O’Brien implied his players might be a bit hard on themselves.
“I think sometimes we get caught up in the sense that some teams are naïve about college rugby, but you look at some of the teams at this point in the season, and there are some good teams out there,” he said. “A lot of these teams are getting better. You’ve got a lot of smart, hard-working kids who are listening to their coaches and trying to improve. So when we play Cal Poly we will go into it expecting them to be a better team.”
The Gaels had some very good moments, added O’Brien, but he also said, “we know we can be far better. We are evolving.”