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Rugby Beats Babson, 21-17

By Mike Fife
team member

The men's rugby club edged the Babson Old Boys by a narrow margin Saturday in its third match this season. With decisive wins against the University of New Hampshire and Harvard Business School earlier this year, the Rucking Beavers are undefeated in spring play.

MIT scored first with a five-meter scrum push directly into the Babson try zone and a quick touch down by Aeronautics and Astronautics Lecturer Tienie Van Schoor. Van Schoor also scored later in the first half by cooperating with Toshiyuki Hino G on a clever quick-lineout play at the Babson one-meter line that took their opponents totally off guard.

The mood of the game was bitter, and the score was greatly influenced by penalties, which allowed Babson to kick four goals from MIT territory. MIT retaliated by kicking two goals of their own, with Jon Higginson G doing the honors on both scores.

With MIT ahead 1612 in the second half, Babson began to drive downfield by effectively using the speed and quickness of their scrum half and flankers with inside play. This allowed them to catch the MIT backs entangled in a ruck, and place down a try to lead the game with four minutes remaining.

The Beavers quickly rallied behind Brain and Cognitive Science Technical Assistant and Team Captain Jeff Bucci, and pushed Babson back to their own try zone by implementing the 10-man rugby technique. After a two-minute goal-line stand, Jeremy DeBonet G was able to break free of a would-be Babson tackler on the weak side of a scrum. He carried another tackler into the try zone with him as he placed down the ball for the 2117 victory.

Coach Stephen "Willy" Wilhelm said of the game, "The MIT pack produced excellent ball, and the backs were very useful with it." The Rucking Beavers hope to learn from their narrow win on Saturday, and to capitalize on that experience Wednesday when they face Western Ontario Business School on Briggs Field.