MIT Rugby Club Destroys Elder Boston RFC at Rogers FieldBy Samuel D. Mertens
The men’s rugby team won their first away game of the season this weekend against the Boston Brahmins 31-0. The rucking beavers played the curtain raiser to the Boston-Washington D.C. superleague game at Rogers Field.
Their opponents were the old boys team of Boston RFC, New England’s top club. As in the past weeks, the rucking beavers controlled the complete game, with hard forward play and an incisive backline. The forwards had a great day as they dominated the larger and more experienced Boston pack. This was capped by the performance of the MVP beaver second row, Benjamin Ross G and Niall Phelan ’00, who won almost all the set plays for MIT.
Two minutes into the game, MIT’s top-scorer James Partridge G already scored his first try of the game after a beautiful combination with Daniel Anello G and Steve Murray G. After some nice rucking at Boston’s tryline the ball ended up in the hands of eightman Thomas Leurent G, who ran in the try. Later, Partridge scored another try on a 90 meter dash through Boston’s backline. To end the half, Leurent scored his second try, when the very mobile forward received the ball on wing. At the start of the second half, the ball was picked off from the scrum by Gavin Braithwaite G.
He almost reached the tryline himself, but managed to give the assist to Marc Ueberle G. This was the end of the game as the Beavers did not seem too eager to run up the score. Three conversions by Murray made the final score 31-0.
Harvard ties game in last seconds
MIT’s B-side played a scrimmage game against Harvard University’s second team last Friday at the school up the road. It was decided to play a four-quarter scrimmage without kicking. This made the game an exercise in rucking and mauling. MIT was not prepared at the start of the game.
The rucking beaver remained scoreless during the first three quarters, while the crimson scored three tries. During the final quarter, the beavers found their game. Samitha Samaranayake ’02 scored his first try of the day. Immediately followed by Scott Lieberman ’00 who scored off a nice pass from Romain Alleaume G. Samitha then scored the equalizer after some nice rucking by the forwards. MVP Alleaume then scored the final try to put the Beavers ahead. In the last seconds though, Harvard managed to tie up the game to four tries each. This was a fair final score as both teams could look back to a good, hard game.
These games formed the ideal preparation for MITRFC’s own 50th anniversary celebrations this weekend at MIT. The festivities will include alumni games on Saturday and an Easter Egg hunt for the MIT community on Sunday. Related stories: