Irish and Lions Battle in the August Heat

August 27, 2012Sean O'Leary

Chicago Lions

The Chicago Lions visited the campus of Our Lady on Saturday to scrimmage the Irish Rugby Program. The Lions arrived on campus with over 30 players, coaches and medical staff.

A huge effort! Thank you Lions!

The scrimmage started at 1pm with 7s instruction and expertize from the Lions 7s coaching staff and players.   Then the Irish played two five-minute periods of 7s. 3 scores each were recorded in the 10 mins of play.

After a brief (very brief!!), interlude the teams moved to 15s at 2pm. The teams worked on 1st Phase, exchanging offensive plays from scrums and lineouts. The Lions certainly dominated the scrums but the Irish dominated the lineouts.

The afternoon finished off with a 20-minute period of rugby, which was intense and offered both coaches an opportunity to evaluate their respective squads. Asked if they had gotten something out of a scrimmage with a college side, the Lions coaches, who are preparing to play their rivals, The Chicago Griffins next week, stated that it was a huge success.

Marty Wiggins, Lions Head Coach, stated, "I have been involved in rugby a long time and can state that what we experienced yesterday left an impression that we will not be forgotten quickly. Notre Dame Rugby has a very rarely found quality and class to it. Not only in how you play the game but also how you go about doing it.”

Notre Dame Head Coach, Sean O’Leary, stated that “this was a massive opportunity to have one of the best Men’s Teams in the country come visit and help us prepare our players to be better players and better ambassadors of the game. We can’t replicate that speed in practice right now, nor the intensity of the collision area. This was great for our young men and no injury concerns.”

Next up for the Irish is a trip to Bowling Green this weekend to compete for a spot in the 7s National Championships later this year.