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New York Moves to 3-0

Saturday Sep 26, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division I Clubs

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The New York Rugby Club remained undefeated in MetNY DI play after a difficult 16-7 victory over Long Island Saturday in Massapequa, New York.

Long Island had started the season with an impressive victory over Morris and were eager to prove they were a league title contender. In an intense matchup, Long Island’s powerful forwards consistently won good ball, but were frustrated to see those good efforts fizzle due to poor handling in the backs.

New York remained patient and their structured approach began to create gaps. That pressure earned a penalty, which New York captain Matt Venzin turned into a 3-0 lead.

The battle up front was a big one and Long Island held sway in the scrums, while New York was better in the lineouts. That evened out the possession battle, which began to turn New York’s way.

After a few kind words from New York head coach Drew Fautley at halftime, NY put the pressure on and that resulted in two more Venzin penalty kicks. Then a well-worked try by flyhalf Walter Imo put New York ahead 16-0.

"Long Island never gave up and they kept pushing our line," said Fautley. "Our lads defensive fortitude held until the very end, but I a very proud of their effort."

Long Island scored late, but were unable to close the gap further. New York is now 3-0 and virtually assured of the top spot in the MetNY league.

"I believe that we might get a rest for a couple of weeks if we beat the Yankees and that
would give us more time to prepare for another fixture against Old Blue or Long Island, two teams that are definitely hunting for our scalps," said Fautley.

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