Match Reports & Videos: 2018
RESULT North Shore 29–
Mad River 28
September 8, 2018, 1:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905
Referee's Official Match Report
An awesome match that was extremely competitive and well played. There were some issues with diving over the rucks, and hands in the ruck. Both teams were also issued warnings for high tackles, but after the warnings both teams were disciplined and no cards were issued. Overall, a textbook example of why rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen.
Referee: Mike McConnell
Our Match Report
This past Saturday Mad River Rugby Club traveled down to GEAA field to face off against North Shore for the first game of the 2018/2019 Season. With two teams that have been eager to face off against each other, the friendly rivalry certainly lived up to the hype. The reds headed into the game with some fresh faces in the starting line-up and some guys playing in new positions.
The game opened up with Mad River gaining the early momentum, crashing their forwards, and rolling in for a converted try within the first 5 minutes (NS-0 MR-7). This was an early wake-up call for the Red's, however the attitude stayed positive, and adjustments were made. North Shore adapted and a few minutes later Conrad Bzura stormed in for a try, which was converted by Tim Wilkinson (NS-7 MR-7). After tying it up, the teams seemed to be deadlocked, with several minutes of play happening between the 22's, until Tim Wilkinson opted to take advantage of a Mad River penalty and slotted it (NS-10 MR-7). As the game approached half-time North Shore found themselves, once again defending their goal line, after several unsuccessful phases by Mad River, their #9 made a clever pick and go play to dot one down and re-gain the lead (NS-10 MR-17). Just before the half North Shore took the momentum, and though they were unable to score, they seemed to be finding their rhythm.
At the start of the second half, The Red's came out the aggressors, unfortunately this led to a couple of early penalties both of which Mad River slotted to extend their lead (NS-10 MR-23). Instead of dwelling on the score deficit, the boys seemed to wake up, and the North Shore back line took over. With some smart decision making by new fly-half Justin Melvin, they were able to get the ball wide and win with speed on the outside. One converted score by Nick Messier (NS-17 MR-23), and 5 minutes later another unconverted score in the corner by Chris Felde (NS-22 MR-23). Unfortunately the momentum did not last long, and the back and forth trend continued, with another unconverted Mad River try in the 60th (NS-22 MR-28).With about 20 minutes remaining in the game, North Shore made some substitutions to get fresh legs on the field for one final push. That decision proved to pay off as the forwards marched their way into the Mad River end, with big runs by new prop Sama Fuimaono and Diego De Leon. The charge was capped off by an easy try on the outside in the 75th minute to give the Reds the lead (NS-29 MR-28). After that, the last five minutes were perfectly played by North Shore, maintaining possession, and killing the clock.
Overall this win came from the effort of every player on the field and the sidelines. We proved that this team has real depth, and we can win games despite losing starters.
Let's use this and keep the momentum rolling. UPSHORE!
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