Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wins For Life, Old Blue, & Mystic River

Life picked up their first win in the Atlantic Cup over the weekend as they edged Old Blue 18-15 in Georgia. With Life shifting their emphasis away from their men's club and more to the college level the team is a combination of a few club holdovers but mostly college players and their outing against Old Blue showed how strong the Running Eagles should be this year. Old Blue have looked like one of the top clubs in the country this year but the trip to Georgia proved too much for them.

A maul led to hooker Neethling Gericke scoring a try with Duncan Van Schalkwyk then adding a penalty. Van Schalkwyk is going to be one of the cornerstones of the Life team this year and with a big showing could be moving up a level or two.

The match was dominated by defense with each team having opportunities but ultimately settling for kicks more than anything else. Stephen Rossouw and Van Schalkwyk traded penalties to end the half at 11-3 for Life.

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In the second half Old Blue was the best at adjusting and when they saw Alex Schwarz cross over and Rossou convert they were back in it. Later Rick Kirkland would score to put Old Blue in front 15-11. However, Life held on and using their home field advantage kept Old Blue off the board the rest of the way. When Mitch Wilson scored late in the match that was enough to give Life the win.

In the ARP there were another pair of lopsided results. NYAC was the latest to hand Boston a big loss with a 74-0 result. For Boston they have now lost by a combined score of 336 to 0 in their last four outings and they sit firmly at the bottom of the table.

The match between Mystic River and the Boston Irish Wolfhounds was closes but Mystic River still pulled out the 36-16 win. Things were close early as the Wolfhounds went ahead on a Daniel Collins try. A pair of penalties from Patrick Owens then put them up 13-0 with 20 minutes played. However, tries from John Sullivan and Diego Maquieira cut the gap to three at halftime. Owens would have another penalty but tries from Chris Frazier, Vini Daley, Maquieira again, and Robbie Malneek would finish out the day.

NYAC and Old Blue will face each other next week in a big match.

1 comment:

  1. Way to go, Duncan and Life! But we'll have none of this "moving up a level or two" anytime soon. We need him as the head coach for Atlanta Youth Rugby's U14 side. Kidding. We're all looking forward to DVS' climb up the rugby ladder.