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Hurricanes over Jesuit, Louisiana Playoffs Set

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Hurricanes over Jesuit, Louisiana Playoffs Set

Bayou Hurricanes prop Kieran Webb was tough to stop, even from long range.

In a clash of the undefeated teams in the regular season in Louisiana, the Bayou Hurricanes traveled to City Park to play Jesuit of New Orleans.

The match wouldn’t disappoint the many fans in attendance with youth and middle school rugby on tap prior to the match (Hurricanes 13- 14-year-olds won handily) and the D3 Crescent City Blue vs Okaloosa following the match. The feature match of the undefeateds would see the the Hurricanes open up the scoring shortly after the starting whistle with freshman replacement hooker Corey Sazama touching down between the posts and Gabriel Cardenas converting. However, the hosts would answer with two tries of their own, neither converted.

Before halftime the Hurricanes would answer back with stalwart centers Zavier Triplett and James Williams each scoring. Cardenas converting one of the two tries to give the Hurricanes a 19-10 lead. Jesuit added a penalty goal for a score of 19-13 at the halftime break.

The second half again saw the Hurricanes open up the scoring. Big tighthead prop Kieran Webb took off from inside his own half and thundered 70 meters, shedding many tacklers, for the try under the posts. Cardenas converted for the 26-13 lead. Jesuit would answer back again with an unconverted try, and Cardenas answered with a penalty.

With the score 29-18 and with little time left Jesuit continued to pressure and would score the final try of the game, which was unconverted. And that's how it ended, 29-23. Jesuit continued to pressure and threaten with good ball retention and recycling, but the Hurricanes held on and finally nabbed the ball and kicked to touch to end it all.

The result meant the Hurricanes finish 1st in the regular season and take the #1 seed into this coming weekend's semis. Jesuit is #2. The NOLA Barbarians had a playoff spot sewn up, so the battle was for the other spot. Brother Martin took on St. Paul's, and while St. Paul's won, the 33-31 scoreline meant Brother Martin got a close-loss bonus point, which was enough to ensure Brother Martin made the semis.

Brother Martin and the Barbarians ended up with the same number of points, but because Brother Martin beat the Barbarians in the regular season, they take the head-to-head and 3rd place.

Louisiana HS League W L T Pf Pa Pd   BL Pts
Bayou Hurricanes 5 0 0 245 55 190   0 20
Jesuit NOLA 4 1 0 112 73 39   1 17
Brother Martin 2 3 0 133 145 -12   1 9
NOLA Barbarians 2 3 0 119 104 15   1 9
St. Paul's 2 3 0 120 147 -27   0 8
Capt. Shreve 0 5 0 22 219 -197   0 0


So that sets up the semis this coming Saturday, with the Barbarians at the Hurricanes (a game not played in the regular season due to the flu hitting the Hurricanes hard), and Brother Martin is at Jesuit (a matchup Jesuit won 19-10 a week ago).