Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wolfhounds Continue Tradition of Halftime Entertainment

Last Sunday's football game was a sad state of affairs for many citizens of Cincinnati. One bright spot was the halftime entertainment, when the Cincinnati Wolfhounds faced off against the University of Cincinnati in an entertaining scrimmage to showcase the sport of rugby.

The tradition of the Wolfhounds taking the field at halftime dates back almost ten years, but up until this past weekend those appearances had all been during preseason games. According, to the head Coach from the University of Cincinnati, Nick Lauterbach, his team was brought on board a few years ago as competition but the atmosphere was different from previous matches.

"This was the first year that we played during a regular season NFL game," he said. "It was very exciting for the players to get out and play in front of a sold-out NFL stadium. Although the halftime game only lasts for about six or seven minutes, it is always in intense six or seven minutes out on the field, and the players from both teams did a great job."

Despite the shortened period of play, both teams put on a show that entertained the crowd. According to Lauterbach, the hard-hitting action brought fans to their feet and players' long runs towards the try line kept them there. Despite being unable to score and conceding a pair of tries, Lauterbach said the event was a positive experience for everyone involved.

Aside from a way to scrape out a few more minutes on the pitch before the winter sets in, this match was a acted as a means of gaining more exposure for the sport in a positive way; and remind fans that rugby is played in Ohio.

"People are becoming more aware of the sport, with the game being televised more often," Lauterbach said. "It allowed us to remind those in Cincinnati that rugby is played at all levels - in high schools, universities and men's and women's club sides - so there are places to play or support as a fan of rugby."

Thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Wolfhounds and University of Cincinnati were able to continue the tradition of showcasing rugby at Paul Brown Stadium.

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