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MIT ruggers oversome Worcester team by 2

By Mike Murphy

MIT rugby's A team opened its league season with a 9-7 defeat of Worcester RFC at Worcester Saturday. The win raised the team's record to 2-0. The match, played in temperatures approaching the 90s, was marred by sloppy play and frequent penalties.

MIT opened scoring in the first half with a penalty kick by Rich Selesnick G to go up 3-0. Despite spending the remainder of the first half in the Worcester zone, MIT could not sustain the attack long enough to score.

Worcester opened the second half with their backs running aggressively and soon broke through for an unconverted try and a 3-4 lead. It did not last as MIT came back to score on two of three penalty kicks by Selesnick and take a 9-4 lead. A penalty kick by Worcester lead to the final score.

MIT's B side was not as fortunate in its season opener, falling 0-27 to the larger, more experienced Worcester side. Despite spirited play in the back line by John Tandler G, John Suber '87, Nader Fotouhi G and Chris Wolfe '87, inexperience in the forwards prevented MIT from sustaining an offense.

Both MIT sides play at home this Saturday.

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