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This Saturday, October 12, the St. Paul Bombers will take on St. Thomas in an exhibition at 11:00 am. The St. Paul Jazz Pigs will follow at 1:00 pm against the Chicago Blaze. Matches will be held at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic Fields. Throw on your red and black and come support your Piggies, and hey, you’ll even get a chance to hang out with Kato!
The St. Paul Jazz Pigs headed down to Waverly, IA to take on the Bremer County Bucks. The Pigs were looking for some payback after the Bucks forfeited what should have been their first match in MN. However, the day ended in disappointment after flat play from the Pigs (and some questionable calls) allowed the Bucks to score two quick tries with less than 5 minutes remaining in the match. The Pigs tried to rally back, but couldn’t string together enough good ball movement to score again. The Pigs lost with a final score of 18-24.
The Bomber posted another win, due to a forfeit from the Rochester Rogues.
The St. Paul Jazz Pigs traveled to Chicago, IL for the second time this season to take on the South Side Irish. The Pigs were looking for another big win to push them even higher in the standings, but as usual, luck was not on their side. Continuing on with the theme this year, South Side got off to quick start, scoring quickly and easily off of broken plays. Rather than gathering themselves and attacking back, as we’ve seen them do in every other game this season, the Pigs seemed slow and almost willing to adapt and react. Eventually, the Pigs did change some things around, and put together some truly smart looking rugby. It was a case of too little too late, though, and they suffered a very tough loss. Final score 24-68, SS Irish. The only highlights were that the Pigs did manage to secure a bonus point for scoring 4 tries, and that every other team in their group suffered shut-outs, so there was no real loss in standings.
On a positive note, the Bombers took on the Minneapolis Mayhem at Lexington-Diffley, and absolutely crushed them. From what little I heard of the game, there was excellent rugby played by the Bombers. Which really showed how the team is coming together as a unit, and learning how to play with each other. Final score was something like 110 or 120 – 0, Bombers win.