RESULT North Shore 33–Springfield 5
April 23, 2016, 1:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905
Referee's Official Match Report
No report on record.
Our Match Report
The Reds hosted Springfield RFC this past Saturday for their Spring 2016 home opener at GE. Some precipitation and women's rugby in the Saturday AM left the field conditions a little mucky, but clear skies and a one year old's birthday kegger were both present for kickoff. The opening minutes of the match were uneventful for the most part, only advantage appeared to be that North Shore's pack had Springfield's pack on their heels a bit in the scrum...that would change. The critical moment of the match came in the fifth minute, NS ball at midfield created an absolute mess of piled bodies that was supposed to be a ruck. NS second row Clive politely attempted to assist a Springfield player move out of the way by using his boot; his manners awarded him a red card, and NS would play the remaining 75 minutes a man down.
Undaunted by the challenge ahead, the Reds were able to jump out to a 6-0 in the next ten minutes off of two converted penalties committed by Springfield near their own 22. The remaining 7 forwards really had to buckle down in the scrums just to hold their own against Springfield's full pack, and the backs had to be organizationally sound on defense so as to not allow Springifield's backs to exploit an overload. The first real break in the game came about 20 minutes in off of a breakdown just inside Springfield's half. Clean ball out to Hartigan ran like clockwork through the backline to finally find Jeb who snapped off a 40 meter run for the opening try, 11-0. The score gave NS some confidence and played downhill in attacking territory for the majority of remaining first half. Once we were able to retain the ball within 10 meters of the try line, we were highly effective at punching in scores. NS was able to tack on two more unconverted tries before the close of the half. Recurring Reds player Anthony Schepsis was able to split Springfield's defensive line for the score after receiving a well tossed skip pass from Hartigan, and turnover ball by Springfield on their own goaline on the last play of the half allowed hooker Diego to create space for CJ to fall into the try zone, 21-0.
The second half was not as eventful as the first half, but more of the same for North Shore. CJ Palmer opened up the scoring by touching one down under the posts for his second try of the match, 28-0. Despite still playing a man down, North Shore's defense was able to prevent really any of Springfield's balls to go to the outside, which can be attributed to our centers and pack players clogging up the center of the field. Around the 60th minute we were able to start subbing in some B side guys to get some experience, who were collectively able to hold their own and showed great commitment to maintaining the shut out. Jeb capped off the scoring for NS with a final unconverted try that came off of a 5 meter penalty spun wide to the backs. In the last two minutes, Springfield was finally able to get on the board with an unconverted try for a final of 33-5. Jeb was given the duck for A side Man of the Match, Clive was named Asshole of the Match for his landscaping skills.
A great decisive win for North Shore who played with 14 men for a full 75 minutes. The Reds hope to build off this momentum by hosting Syracuse next weekend at home, 2:00 pm kickoff.
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