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Undefeated Rucking Beavers Down Ontario Business, 22-10

By Mike Fife
team member

In the third game of the season, the men's rugby team beat Western Ontario Business School 2210 last Wednesday to stay undefeated this spring. Good downfield support and hard-smashing Beaver defense were key to the win.

MIT held Western back behind its 22-meter line for the game's opening minutes. The Beavers did an excellent job of fending off an enormous Western front row and delivered clean ball to fly half and Chemical Engineering Visiting Scholar Chistophe Bruneton.

Three MIT backs - Bruneton, Mike Fife G, and Visiting Scientist Chris Townsend - were then able to cooperate early for a lovely try set down by Fife.

Western retaliated with a try of its own after a long downfield boot and some excellent ruck-and-maul play by its solid forwards.

MIT scored again early in the second half with a weak-side breakaway by acting captain Jeff Bucci, brain and cognitive sciences technical assistant. Bucci busted through the Western defenses from his win forward position and found Townsend, who sped into the try zone with the ball.

John Higginson G used his foot well throughout the game, scoring one penalty kick and two conversions.

Western scored another try in the second half, again with their big forwards. Bruneton retaliated with beautiful high up-and-under which Townsend and wing Chevy Vithiananthan '88 ran down. Bruneton quickly got the ball back and scored the try.

The MIT-Western match is an annual event. Western travels to Boston every spring on its week-long rugby tour and plays Harvard Business School and MIT.

"Harvard throws an OK party," said Dolan Hinch, Western tour organizer and scrum half, "but nothing like we expect from MIT."

The day before returning to Canada, Western always culminates its experience with a good match against MITand festive post-game reception traditional to the Rucking Beavers.

"It was great to see our boys have a go at the feisty Canadians," said Coach Stephen Wilhelm.

The Rucking Beavers have qualified as a social club contender at the Regional Tournament in Newport, Rhode Island next Saturday.