Schuylkill River Rugby Newsletter, Week of March 27 2017
In Troop’s (D3) first game of the Spring we went up against North Penn and came up just short in a 26-20 loss on March 4. Tries were scored by Kyle King, Matt Angelluci (2) and Michael Bacon, with King taking Man of the Match honors. Coach Clark said it was wonderful to watch and the best rugby he’s seen this group of players play. Captain Callahan added that a combination of cold, wind, and a lot of rust had us lagging in the first half but we cleaned things up and outplayed North Penn in the second half. Kicking was an issue for us in this one but we’ve got a platform to build on.
Troop’s second game of the Spring took place this past weekend and was a 46-7 victory over Delmarva. Izak Du Plooy, Kyle King (2), John Hines, Mike Martino (2), and Rich Grand were the try scorers along with 4 conversions from Ryan Tower and a drop goal from Greg Mininger. For his efforts, Ryan Tower was named man of the match. Captain Citrone felt that overall D3 did really well on Saturday. We were able to utilize the defensive positioning that we worked on all week at practice to stifle Delmarva’s attack. We worked our offensive system well and were able to start working out the kinks which will greatly benefit us as we go into our next couple of matches.
Gary wanted to give special mention to Cat Stevens for willingly playing for Delmarva when they ran out of healthy players (this was a friendly after all) as well as David Gross and Ryan Tower who got some experience in new positions and looked like natural fits. Coach Clark felt that D3 came out of the gate ready to make up for the lack of rugby games over the past two weekends. It was a hard hitting game against a larger team and keeping to the game plan enabled us to pull away and be victorious.
On the D1 side the Exiles played their first league match this weekend after warmup games against Monmouth and Old Blue. The Monmouth game was a 63-19 victory for the Exiles while the Old Blue match was a 53-15 defeat. The two matches showed us what we are capable of when everything is clicking for us and also gave us a glimpse at what we need to work on in order to play at the highest level consistently.
In their most recent game the Exiles defeated Wilmington 54-17 with tries coming from Dan Deal (3), Brad Volm, Cody Bukowski, Owen Jones, Chase Haberstroh and Steve Cragg with Matt Chiaramonte providing 16 points with the boot. After the match Coach Tom told me “managing several availability issues, the Exiles’ strong depth was showcased as the side came out firing on all cylinders and got out to a 42-5 halftime lead. Sharp execution in the midfield opened up holes on the outside and much improved tackling ensured we got the ball back quickly. In the second half, we began to throw 50/50 passes, didn’t commit to recycling clean ball, and tried to get the ball wide too soon, too early. As a result, we didn’t widen our lead from the first half. Overall, the tackling was much improved, our maul defense took a step forward, and our defensive structure was more sound. Lot’s to build on for our match next week against PAC."
With the win the Exiles move into 3rd place in the MAC and sit only 3 points behind the Pittsburgh Harlequins with a game in hand for 2nd.
On April 1 Troop travels to Wilkes-Barre and the Exiles travel to Potomac.
On the youth level the Narberth Otters won a well deserved 24-10 victory over the Kutztown Silverbacks yesterday. Tries were scored by Nate, Luke, and Jhamir with Nate also kicking 3 conversions and a penalty. This was a good start to league play for the Otters who previously won the Frostbite tournament in Lancaster a few weeks ago by winning 5 matches in two days. The scores are below:
Mt St Joe’s High School (Baltimore, MD) W 3-0
North Bay, Aberdeen, MD W 12-7
Carlisle HS, PA W 15-0
Calvert Hall College HS (Baltimore, MD) W 12-7
Hempfield HS, PA W 45-5