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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Trio Start Off With Wins In Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic kicked off over the weekend with the Norfolk Blues, Potomac Exiles, and the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies all started with wins. The closest match of the round was Norfolk beating the Pittsburgh Harlequins 34-29. Pittsburgh have been coming off a couple of down years so it was solid to see them improve this year while for Norfolk it was the first step in a return to the playoffs.

The Harlequins took at 14-0 lead with tries from Greg Genovese and Greg Chinchilla. Norfolk then put things close with tries from Sam Johnson and a penalty try. At the half Norfolk led 14-12. The second half was similar to the first with Pittsburgh getting the first try, this time via Zack Schell. John Cameron had a penalty for the Blues before Inosi Kau scored for Pittsburgh.

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It wasn't all good for Kau as he was shown a yellow card not long after his try. That allowed Kevin Marley to score to pull Norfolk back to within two. Pittsburgh then went down two men when Simione Taufa was sent off. Norfolk would go on to get tries from Herman Sandoval and Kevin Marley to take the lead. Kau would get one last try from Pittsburgh.

Last year's winners, the Potomac Exiles, also started off the season well with a 33-10 win over the Raleigh Vipers.  Chris Saint, Aaron Dann, Jovilisi Fotofili, Josua Lewanituva, and former Eagles Jake Sprang scored for the Exiles.  In the last match the Brumbies beat NOVA 28-14.

Next week NOVA will host Potomac, Pittsburgh will host the Brumbies, and Raleigh will host Schuylkill River.

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