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Men's Rugby Kills off Dinosaurs

By Chris Townsend
team member

In a clash to decide the winners of the Boston Social league last Saturday, the men's rugby team showed maturity beyond its years, defeating 2214 an experienced veterans' team from Beacon Hill in a hard-fought contest.

The pattern of the game was shaped by MIT early in the first half. Fired up for the occasion, the Engineers started with a mixture of running rugby and tactical kicking that surprised Beacon Hill and left them scrabbling for possession.

Five minutes into the game, John Higginson G opened the scoring for the Beavers with a penalty kick from 30 yards. Shortly afterwards Chris Kantner '97 scored the first try with a powerful run along the touchline.

A few minutes later the ball fell loose over the try line following MIT forward play, and visiting scholar Christophe Bruneton was able to touch down to increase the lead to fifteen points.

This provided the incentive to spur the Dinosaurs into action. Using to good effect the superior weight and height advantage of their forwards, they secured possession, and for the first time this season, the MIT defense was severely tested. A try looked likely and 25 minutes into the half the Beacon Hill fullback broke powerfully through the center of the field to score between the posts.

The second half started much like the first had ended. In the opening minutes, the Dinosaurs strung together a series of strong forward moves and were rewarded with a second try to reduce the deficit to just a single point.

However, this was the last time the team was able to breach the MIT lines. For the remainder of the half, MIT frustrated Beacon Hill with some stout defense and clever offensive play, utilizing a much quicker back division. On occasion, the opposition let their frustrations show with some provocative behavior and instances of bad sportsmanship.

MIT maintained discipline, however, and toward the end of the game, MIT began to reassert itself once more. In the last minute, MIT secured the game beyond doubt with a second try from Kantner following a clever kick out of defense to bring the score to 2214.