Despite leading the game at half and tying it up in the second half, the Brujos failed to come away with any points in a very hard fought battle against a much improved El Paso team, falling 34 to 22. El Paso edged away from the the draw in the last 20 minutes of the game with a very controversial try that looked to clearly have been knocked on from 10 yards out. Then sealed the deal 5 minutes later with an excellent break away score that no-one could complain about. Despite setting up camp on the opponents 5 yard line multiple times in the last 15 minutes the Brujos could not find a way to come away with points as El Paso made several goal line stands.
Jeff Smolensky earned the "Hammer" award for a great try saving tackle that drew gasps from the home support and the Brujos front row / forwards turned in another top shelf performance in the scrums and lineouts.
Scoring / Substitution Log:
6 min: El Paso Try / Conv
15 min: Brujos Pen (J Smolensky)
22 min: Brujos Try (J Smolensky), Conv (J Smolensky)
24 min: El Paso Try / Conv
26 min: Brujos Try (J Smolensky)
1/2 time: Brujos: 15 - El Paso: 14
43 min: El Paso Pen.
48 min: El Paso Try
55 min: Brujos Try (Tom Cloonen), Conv (J Smolensky)
65 min: El Paso Try
67 min: El Paso Try, Conv
Final Score: El Paso 34 - Brujos 22
Next up for the Brujos, a match with the Santa Fe Santos this Saturday, March 4th at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park.
In other rugby news around New Mexico, The Albuquerque Aardvarks were victorious Saturday with a 62-12 victory over Las Cruces Horny Toads .