Rugby Records First-Ever Win Over Old Gold RFCBy Darryn Waugh
The men's rugby club continued its good start to the fall season Saturday with a 15-10 win against Old Gold RFC. The victory was MIT's first ever over Old Gold, a first division men's club.
The atmosphere for the match was set by bagpiper Charles Hardy '94. But the first half was a very stop-start affair. The referee called an incredible 20 penalties in the first half time, 17 in favor of Old Gold.
Neither team could settle into a pattern and control the game. Just before half time, Old Gold finally broke the MIT defense and scored a try to take a 7-0 lead into the interval.
MIT started the second half with a lot more aggression and began to control the match. On an Old Gold infringement, MIT scored a penalty goal to narrow the deficit to 7-3. For the next 15 minutes MIT dominated their opponents, and play was confined inside the Old Gold half.
During this period, Ben Paul '88 and Darryn Waugh drove over for tries to make the score 15-7, MIT. The backs kept the pressure on Old Gold with some excellent tackling and running, with Kofi Amankwah '94 making a couple of crashing runs down the left wing.
Old Gold came back strongly in the final minutes, converting a penalty to close the gap to 15-10. But MIT held on to record a historic victory.