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Doylestown, Richmond Win in MARFU

Sunday Sep 13, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division II Clubs

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The Roses dropped their opening Div II Mid-Atlantic league match Saturday to Doylestown RFC 17-12. 

Wet conditions played heavily on both sides in the low scoring match.  Doylestown opening the scoring with a penalty in front of the post, but the Roses responded immediately off the kickoff, setting up close support springing rookie wing forward, Tristin Peterman for his first try as a Rose.

Doylestown adjusted their game plan with some very effective tactical kicking and exploited their superior defensive lineouts to keep the pressure and ball in the Roses end.  They would catch the Roses defense unorganized on the back foot and found seems for two converted tries before half.

The teams switched sides and the Roses had an uphill battle facing a 17-7 deficit.    But, the backs began finding space outside, despite the poor footing.  Using close organized pick and go rucking, attacks on the wing and a number of Doylestown penalties, the Roses rucked to the 2-meter line.  Lancaster forwards captain, Kyle McAllister was able to create a little daylight in the Doylestown line and dove over for the try.  The conversion, however, went wide.

The Roses looked to take momentum into the last 20 minutes of the game and were aided by a Doylestown yellow card.   Again, the Roses used close rucking and attempted to swing it wide.  They were able to make breaks in the line, but at crucial moments, turned the ball over.  Each time, Doylestown was able to gain possession and clear their line.  From there, their dominant lineout jumpers disrupted the Roses throw-ins time and time again.  Sweeping kicks made the Roses begin their attack again and chewed up a great amount of time. 

In injury time, Doylestown were put under great pressure in the scrum by the solid Roses pack. But in a desperate scramble behind the set piece, they were about clear the ball out of play, ending the game.

 

“We knew this game is always tough, especially in Doylestown,”  Laporte told the team after the game.  “We have another tough game at Reading next week.”

 

“We had a scrimmage last week, the really helped us get things together,” said Doylestown hooker, Mike McCandless.  McCandless, whose family was just profiled in Rugby Magazine, had an added thrill as his 13-year-old son was the guest referee for the B-game.

Also this weekend in Mid-Atlantic DII, Wilmington defeated Blackthorn and Richmond In that match both teams had difficulty capitalizing on the few first-half scoring opportunities on the small Washington pitch. The first 40 minutes came to a close finding the Lions with a meager 3-0 advantage.

The second half began somewhat auspiciously as an early penalty allowed the Irish to tie the game at 3-3. The Lions soon returned to their try zone with a hard won try from Billy Tilson. The half continued at 10-3 until the final play of the game where Phil Perrault robbed the Irish attack and scored the final try of the match.

Matt Nicholas earned Man-of-the-Match honors for his excellent defense and his work in the kicking game, both fielding them and sending them, on a very windy day.

 

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