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Borer, Army, Beat Oklahoma in Varsity Cup

Borer, Army, Beat Oklahoma in Varsity Cup

by Brett Anker

Army cruised to the second round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup with a 55-10 victory over Oklahoma. Led by a three tries from flyhalf Andrew Borer, the Black Knights jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Borer opened the scoring with a penalty in the minute and backed himself two minutes later for an early 8-0 lead. The flyhalf added his second of the day five minutes later. Until recently, Borer had been playing fullback. The back has made the transition to first receiver and is coming into his own. In all, the newly minted flyhalf tallied 30 points on the afternoon.

“He had a good day. He is a good all round player…. I thought he had his best performance running our attacking 10 of the year,” Army coach Matt Sherman said of Borer. “

Before the 20-minute mark, Torran Raby had extended the Black Knights lead to 18 nil. West Point would add one more score from Logan Weiland to increase the lead to 23-0 at the break.

“I thought when we stayed composed everything worked. We had some nice tries from set piece, from attack and created some tries through defensive pressure,” said Sherman.

Borer added another penalty and completed the hat trick at the start of the second half. The home side added two more tries before Oklahoma would get on the board with a penalty. After another penalty from Borer, Oklahoma notched its first try and the match ended 55-10.

Although Army controlled the match for most of the game and everything seemed to go its way, the team let emotion get in the way of things at times. As the Black Knights progress in the tournament, they must maintain the discipline that the service academy is well known for.

“The down side was we lost our composure. We were pretty emotional throughout the day. We were intermittent with that sort of focus throughout the day,” critiqued Sherman of his team’s performance.

Army continues to ride a hot streak but will face its toughest test since losing to BYU. After beating Utah, Navy and Oklahoma, the Black Knights will host Cal in next week’s quarterfinal action.

2016 Opening Round Match Schedule | April 9th

2016 Opening Round Match Schedule | April 9th

VARSITY CUP OPENING ROUND MATCH SCHEDULE | APRIL 9TH:

Army vs. Oklahoma

Location: Anderson Rugby Complex, River Rd., West Point, NY 10996
Time: 3:00 PM EDT
Webcast: Army “Knight Vision” (http://goarmywestpoint.com/watch)

Arizona State vs. BYU

Location: ASU Poly Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212
Time: 7:00 PM MST

Arkansas State vs. Clemson

Location: ASU Rugby Pitch, 501 Red Wolf Trail Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72401
Time: 1:30 PM CDT

Cal vs. Texas

Location: Witter Rugby Field, 210 Stadium Rim Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Time: 12:00 PM PDT

CWU vs. UCLA

Location: CWU Wildcat Rugby Field, Ellensburg, WA 98926
Time: 1:00 PM PDT
Webcast: Wildcat “Event Zone” (www.wildcatsports.com)

Dartmouth vs. Penn State

Location: Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, 9 Reservoir Rd., Hanover, NH 03755
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Webcast: Live on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EIwkyCQ3AI)

Navy vs. Notre Dame

Location: Naval Academy Brigade Sports Complex, 64 Greenbury Point Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Webcast: TBD

Utah vs. Air Force

Location: McCarthy Field, 76 S. Wasatch Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Time: 12:00 PM MDT
Webcast: KUTE Radio (http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/h06yz)

Army vs. Oklahoma | 2016 Opening Round Preview

Army vs. Oklahoma | 2016 Opening Round Preview

Oklahoma will travel to West Point to take on Army in the first round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. The Sooners will be looking to leave a mark on this year’s Varsity Cup after missing out last year due to a suspension.

The Midwest school has bounced back nicely after undergoing a coaching change after returning from suspension. The Sooners have only lost two games this season, both coming to undefeated teams, LSU and Tennessee.

Finishing second in the Red River Conference, Oklahoma beat the likes of TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. Along with a successful tour in Jamaica, the Sooners are ready to travel to West Point. While the weather in Jamaica and Oklahoma has been extremely warm this time of year, the Sooners are headed for a cold northeast spring.

“I tell you right now it is 86. I think the guys will be welcoming the cooler temperature. Although, it is a little bit of a shock…..We toured Jamaica over spring break and it was hot there so I think the guys are probably going to be happy that its not 85 or 90,” said Oklahoma coach Doug Neubauer.

Even with the cold weather, Oklahoma is excited to make the trek to West Point. With one member of the team being an ROTC member and the women’s team being coached by a West Point grad, the team is looking forward to a tour of the facility and a matchup with the cadets. The Sooners know it will be a tough task to come across the country and win but believe they are up to the challenge.

“There coach is well qualified. They are well drilled. They are very disciplined. We are going to have to match it and hopefully make better decisions to come out on top,” Neubauer said.

Army has been on a streak of late, knocking off rival Navy and Utah in consecutive weekends. After losing to BYU on the road, the Black Knights came back to beat the Utes and carried that momentum into a road victory over Navy.

“We have been an improving team recently and that’s been the most pleasing thing to us,” said Army coach Matt Sherman. “We have been improving in moments on the field and improving with our resilience and our composure as well.”

The loose forwards drive the Army team and along with the halfback combination of Jake Barnahall and Andrew Borer, allow the team to effectively run its pattern. Peter Basnight captains the team at number 8 while Ben Lemon and Andrew Irwin lead the way defensively.

“Our back row as a whole has founds its form recently,” Sherman commended.

Army is hoping to come away a victory in its first ever Varsity Cup game. Playing an unfamiliar opponent, however, provides an opportunity and a challenge.

“It is exciting and it’s daunting at the same time. It is exciting to play a name brand school from the Midwest and a program that has been strong for decades,” said Sherman. “They are a reputable program…They have beaten very good teams and we expect a very strong opponent.”