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Willamette University defeats Oregon State University in Seaside Mayor’s Cup

Anthony Rimel | Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:30 am

A late surge by the Oregon State club rugby squad in the Seaside Mayor’s Cup was thwarted by a timely interception by Willamette University. Willamette turned the interception into a try, and won the second Mayor’s Cup on Broadway field 20-10 on October 20.

During the game, the announcer took the time to explain the rules and action to the crowd. Oregon State Coach John Queen said that this was unusual, but was a good idea for the Seaside crowd.

Queen said normally they have crowds that are a little more familiar with the game. Queen said that rugby is like chess – on steroids.

“It’s a thinking man’s game. It looks rough, but there’s a pattern and a process we’re trying to achieve. Queen said that rugby has been around in the U.S. for more than a hundred years and OSU’s team has a 52-year history.

Queen said he thinks that Americans will see more of the sport in the mainstream media in the future.

After the match, players from OSU and Willamette University compared tips and techniques – some even apologized for battering their opponents unintentionally.

Queen said the sport has a unique culture because players will compete hard for the 80-minute match and then have strong camaraderie with their opponents off the field.

“Both these teams went out there and knocked each other senseless, and then they’re going to go have a root beer and a sausage roll together,” he said.

The Seaside American Legion hosted both teams for a barbecue after the match.

Queen, who is has been an assistant coach with the team for 4-5 years said Oregon State’s team had many freshmen and new rugby player for the Mayor’s Cup because their most experienced players were competing in a tournament in Seattle over the weekend. Rugby is a club sport at Oregon State, so the players have less funding than other university sports. However, Queen said the rugby team’s alumni are strong supporters of the team and their donations help fund their travel costs.

Lois Larsen, Seaside Mayor Don Larsen's wife, said credit for the event goes to Mike Scott, Willamette's coach. She said he is responsible for making the Seaside Mayor's Cup happen.