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Thursday, October 20, 2016

ARP Blowouts, NYAC Beats Life


Changes to Life, with more emphasis on college players than club, saw them pull out of the ARP this year and instead change into the Atlantic Cup. That competition kicked off over the weekend with Life paying a visit to NYAC. It was a tense match that saw some of the best rugby of the year.

NYAC opened the scoring just four minutes into the match. The score advantage lasted for about ten minutes before Dave Gannon scored for Life. However, NYAC were able to convert pushing them ahead 7-5. NYAC would add a penalty before Duncan Van Schalkwyk scored another try for Life. That tied the match up at 10-10.

The home side would stay in it with another penalty but Life would take all the tries in the short-term leading to a 15-13 advantage. Van Schalkwyk would score his second try to make it 22-13. That's when NYAC made their comeback. First it was a penalty try, then it was two more to give them a 32-22 at the end of the half.

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Another NYAC try would push the score to 39-22. Life would respond with a couple more tries while NYAC added a penalty.

The Atlantic Cup continues next week with Old Blue playing Life.

In ARP player there were two big blowouts. Old Blue, with a number of star players in their line-up, beat the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 81-0. The domination was on early and often with the likes of Mike St. Claire, Bobby McMahon, Gavan D'Amore-Morrison, and Connor Wallace-Sims. In the other match in the ARP Mystic River defeated rivals Boston 87-0. Alatasi Tupou had a busy day as did Jared Collinson.

Old Blue now hold a lead in the ARP standings with 21 points, three more than NYAC. However, NYAC have a match in hand and should go atop once again. Mystic River are in third place at the moment with 17 points. They have played 5 matches along with Old Blue while NYAC have played 4. 

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