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Men's Rugby Team Defeats BU Gents

By Chris Townsend
Team Member

Last weekend, the men's rugby team chalked up their fourth straight win of the fall season, beating the Boston Gentlemen 385 under difficult wind conditions.

MIT won the toss and decided to start the game with their backs to a strong wind. They used the gusty conditions to their advantage, with Visiting Scholar Christopher Bruneton kicking tactically to pen the opposition deep into their own territory for most of the half.

The forwards played well, with rookies Fernando Vargas and Tim Braier adding solidity to the attack. Possession was efficiently used by the back line, which by half-time had run in four tries and amassed a twenty-six point lead.

In the third minute of the game Bruneton received the ball and managed a beautiful shot into the corner of the opponent's try area. Left wing Chris Kantner '97 gave chase and outsprinted his opposite number to touch down for the opening try.

On the fifteen minute mark the ball moved to the MIT back line following some blind-side forward driving, and Huw Price charged over the try line to score.

Mike Fife G gave the team its third score with a darting run at the opposition's 22-meter line.

Just before half time right wing Will Logan '97 added another tick to the score sheet, running over in the corner following a scrum.

After the break the Boston Gentlemen came out fighting. With strong ruck-and-maul play they put MIT under a lot of pressure and were rewarded with a push-over try after just a few minutes.

They were not able to sustain this level of play, however, and for most of the remaining half the game was fairly even with a tit-for-tat exchange of possession. Just before the end MIT stepped up a gear once more with Price running in two more tries following excellent second-phase play from the forwards.

After the final whistle, the Gents captain said ruefully that clearly gone were the days when his team could always look forward to winning at MIT.

Beaver coach Stephen Wilhelm was pleased with the team's performance. "At last we are combining intelligent forward play with real style from the backs," he said.

This coming Saturday, the Beavers will defend their record against the Dinosaurs in a match that will decide the winner of the Boston social league.