Rugby Club Can’t Lose, 6-0By Samuel D. Mertens
Last Saturday, MIT’s rucking beavers routed Dartmouth College’s grad school rugby team 42-22, extending their perfect record to six wins. Not the whole team managed to make the trip to New Hampshire for this game, forcing several people to play out of their regular position.
Adam Golden ’03 made his debut as a prop, while Benjamin Ross G again dominated the set plays. The game started perfectly for the men in gray, when William R. Kreamer G and James Partridge G finished a one-two-one combination with a try in the first minute.
Kreamer’s try was just the start of the flyhalf’s MVP performance. Dartmouth managed to bounce back quickly, though, as they managed two exploit two errors in MIT’s defense to score two quick tries. Thanks to the forward’s hard work, the Beavers kept up with the home team, giving Partridge a nice run through the middle with an assist to Cornelius O’Sullivan SM ’99 for the try.
Dartmouth reacted with powerful rucking resulting in a try, bringing them on top 15-14. After a great pass by Thomas Leurent G, O’Sullivan scored his second try to bring the Beavers back into the lead. Three conversions by Steve Murray PhD ’00 made the difference, keeping MIT in the game.
In the second half, the rucking beavers started hard and Alexandre Haag G dished the ball to Murray for a try, securing a lead for the visitors. Partridge, MITRFC’s top scorer, scored two tries on scorching runs through the defense to put away the game. The home team managed to soften the score by scoring a converted try at the end of the game. Murray remained perfect in the second half, converting all tries, for a 42-22 score.
Next Saturday, the first teams of MIT and Harvard will play each other for the first time in years.
IM rugby returns to MIT
On Sunday, the sevens rugby intramural tournament was held at MIT after more than a decade of absence on the IM schedule. The games were played with great enthusiasm by mostly novice teams. Teams from Burton-Conner, Chi Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Massachusetts General Hospital and the MIT Women’s rugby team vied for the cup. In the end, the men from Chi Phi won the cup after a thrilling final against Delta Kappa Epsilon. Related stories: