Santa Fe Rugby Football Club Drops to 2 – 1
June 5, 2021
Santa Fe’s Santos Rugby Football Club dropped their home opener Saturday, 34-31 to the New Mexico Brujos RFC at the Municipal Recreation Complex. The Brujos tallied a five-point try five minutes into the match after a pass intercept but Santa Fe responded five minutes later when Daniel Rayes touched the ball down to draw the score at 5 points apiece. Two-point conversion kick attempts following both tries failed. The teams traded tries throughout the remainder of the match with Santa Fe finally going ahead 31-24 on a try by David Jondreau with 13 minutes remaining in the 80-minute encounter. The Santos retained a 31-29 lead despite DeSante Brown’s try at 74 minutes but couldn’t hold out Patrick Sarson’s 5-pointer as time ran out.
The Brujos scored six tries to Santa Fe’s five, scored by Rayes, Brandon Rey (2), Jonathan Lithgow, and Jondreau. Tanner Graham kept it close by connecting on three two-point conversion kicks for the Santos while Leon Wilson and Sarson managed one each for the visitors.
Combined with earlier road wins over New Mexico Tech and El Paso Scorpions, Santa Fe’s covid-reemergent records stands at two wins against one loss. The Santos will briefly transition to golf next weekend in the Santos Classic before tackling longtime rivals Albuquerque Aardvarks at home on June 19.
BRUJOS 5 min Try Josh Aranda / conv Leon Wilson 7
SANTOS 14 min Try Daniel Rayes / conv Tanner Graham 7-7
BRUJOS 28 min John Johnson – 12-7
SANTOS 31 min Brandon Rey – 12-12
BRUJOS 39 min Aranda – 17-12
SANTOS 43 min Jonathan Lithgow 17 -17
BRUJOS 46 min Leon Wilson / conv Patrick Sarson 24-17
SANTOS 60 min Brandon Rey / conv Graham 24-24
SANTOS 67 min David Jondreau / conv Graham 31-24
BRUJOS 74 min DeSante Brown 31-29
BRUJOS 77 min Patrick Sarson 34-31