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Rugby club defeats Boston Minutemen, 26-11

By Mike Murphy

The MIT Rugby Football Club opened its season last Saturday on Briggs Field with a 26-11 defeat of the Boston Minutemen. The game was part of the Boston Rugby Club's 25th anniversary celebration, which was hosted by MIT.

Sloppy play marked MIT's efforts in the early part of the first half. Boston quickly took advantage of MIT's play to score a try and go up 0-4 after five minutes. A penalty kick made it 0-7 before MIT began to settle down and assert itself.

Solid play on loose balls with aggressive rucking and running put Boston under heavy pressure as the half wound down. The payoff was a try under the posts as the clock ran out by Rich Selesnick G. The conversion made the halftime score 6-7.

MIT came out in the second half fired up and Boston was soon reeling. Continuous pressure off the kickoff led to an apparent try in the corner by Leo Casey G. MIT drove in another try a minute later under the posts on a pass from Casey to Chris Kuszmaul '86 to make it 10-7.

Boston struck back with a try on an MIT breakdown to go up 10-11. Captain Joe Goss G made a fine run leading to a try by Casey off a pass from Dave Simson '86. Selesnick converted and then scored again to run the score to 20-11. Scoring was wrapped up with two penalty kicks by Selesnick.

(Editor's note: Murphy is President of the MIT Rugby Football Club.)