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NERFU Championship vs. Providence

RESULT North Shore 40–
Providence 47

April 28, 2018, 1:00pm @ Marvel Field, Providence, RI

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Referee's Official Match Report

Providence v North Shore was a NERFU Div 3 Club Men's 3rd Place match. It was played on a grass field that was a bit soggy from the previous night down-pour. It was one of the best rugby-days in April with temperatures in the low-70s, a decent amount of sun, and a lite breeze.

As the final scoring indicates, this was a very competitive match with both teams playing very hard throughout. Providence took an early lead with tries at the 3rd & 8th minutes (12-0). North Shore answered with two quick tries of their own at the 10th & 13th minutes (12-14). Providence regained the lead with a try at the 19th min and lost it when North Shore converted their 3rd try at the 27th minute (17-21). At the end of the first half there were three events that put Providence in the lead for the remainder of the match.

First. Providence converted at try at the 36th minute. (24-21).

Second. At the 38th minute, Providence was attacking at the North Shore 5m. A North Shore player deliberately didn't roll-away and killed the ball. Allowing for Providence to take quick advantage of the penalty, I let the quick tap happen instead of stopping play and applying sanction for a professional foul. Providence took the quick tap and the ball-carrier was immediately tackled by a North Shore player who didn't retreat at all. Play was stopped, there was a conversation with the North Shore Captain regarding the entire incident, and the offending player (Red #4) was suspended (Yellow Card) for a professional foul (not retreating).

Third. Providence elected to take a scrum instead of a PK. The ball was spun out to the right wing ... who was horse collared as he was going in for a try. The offending (Red #8) was suspended (Yellow Card) for a dangerous tackle and a Penalty Try was awarded.

Half: 31-21.

The second half started as one might expect with a team down 2 players. Providence extended their lead with a try at the first minute (36-21). What happened next was not expected - North Shore scored two converted tries at the 5th and 8th minutes (36-35). Give them a ton of credit for their hard work. Providence scored shortly after (16th minute; 41-35). For the next 20 minutes the match settled down for a lot of back-and-forth play. Then things got exciting again.

First. Providence extended their lead with a try at the 35th minute (46-31).

Next. North Shore scored a try at the 38th minute (46-40).

Lastly. North Shore drove down the left side to within 10 meters of being a conversion away from winning by 1, when the ball carrier was taken into touch.

Final. 46-40.

Thanks to both teams for an exciting match.

Referee: Sean McKenna

Via the New England Rugby Referees Society

Our Match Report

For a second consecutive weekend the Red's made the trek down to Marvel Field in Providence for a friendly match against Providence Rugby. Both teams having suffered first round playoff loses were looking to bounce back to winning ways, while experimenting with line ups and getting plenty of time for new players.

It was a brilliant day for rugby, although the rain earlier in the week made sure the field was wet and muddy. North Shore came out a bit flat in the first ten minutes giving up two quick scores, putting our selves in a 12-0 hole earlier. It was apparent that we were getting used to the new lineup. Once we woke up we began attacking the gain line with pace, using forward crash balls to get the Providence defense on their back foot, and exploited the space with nifty back line plays, quickly taking a 2 point lead by the 15th minute. A back and forth scoring affair does not reflect the commitment to defense by the Red's, a much improved effort on the defensive side of the ball from last week was really encouraging.

Towards the end of the half we took 2 yellow cards, one for cynical play/hands in and a subsequent not retreating on the penalty, followed shortly by a try-saving high tackle at the 40th minute. North Shore started the 2nd half with 13 men, but were able to outscore 14-5 with the 2 men in the sin bin. Final score on the day was 47-40 in favor of Providence. While the scoreline didn't end up in our favor, there was a lot of positives to take away from this match, and a lot of stand out performances from a number of players. Mike Wilson getting his first start at 9 and Hartigan sliding back to 15 to name a few. Credit to the new guys who stepped in also played well, and got valuable minutes.

Men of the Match
Jeb Nicklas - casual 4 try performance, nobody was at all impressed *yawn*
Shawn Nicklas - hard running crash balls, and defensive plays all over the field, also took the first yellow card which was very trendy on Saturday

Next weekend the Red's will be heading to Newport with hopes to take home the NERFU cup.