Schuylkill River Rugby Newsletter, Week of April 3, 2017
The Exile game against PAC that was scheduled for last Saturday ended up not happening. We are working with the Union to figure out the plan moving forward and once we’re sure of what our schedule is going to look like as a result we’ll be sure to get the word out.
The Troop was able to get a match in but unfortunately it wasn’t the result we were looking for. In one of those classic mud-pit rugby matches Troop fell to Wilkes-Barre on the road 22-5. Our try was scored by Joey Rufo. Coach Clark chose Ross McMonigle as his Yards Brew Man of the Match for his tough running with the ball in hand and his physical defense in the face of a much larger pack.
Gary Citrone was voted as the Brawler of the Match by his teammates for his strong play in the set pieces and for some really great open field running including two runs of at least 50 meters in the second half, the first of which set up Joey for his try and the second of which almost got Dave Gross over the line. Dave Gross also deserves a mention for playing strong defense at both the outside center and flanker positions while Greg Mininger and Ryan Tower deserve recognition for their intensity and toughness in the backline.
After the match Coach Clark complimented Wilkes-Barre for being well coached and sticking to their system. Playing defense for most of the game really cost us but this match showed us what we need to work on going forward. Captain Callahan added that Gary Citrone had a stand out performance on both sides of the ball. His consistent tackling and hard running kept us competitive and that we need to stay disciplined in order to have a chance to win. Two yellow cards were very costly in this game and prevented us from being able to adapt to our opponent until the game was already decided.
Up next is an away game vs Reading.
On the youth scene it was a tough day for the young guys but hopefully it was a good learning experience. The Narberth Otters traveled to Media for a U-19 match and ended up falling 50-19. A bright-spot for the Otters was senior Isaac Martin who broke off two try scoring runs from inside his own half and almost added a third before offloading the ball to Adam Judkowski when he ran out of gas. Nate Nagvajara added two conversions.
For the Nomads it was a 40-20 defeat at the hands of Blackthorn. Scoring tries for the Nomads were Michael Carter and Pablo Berrios-Cruz. Alandy Fleury went 2/2 on conversions and 2/2 on penalty kicks. Nomads of the match were Minh in the backline and Hamir in the pack. Coach Brunson stated that both young men gave terrific efforts in the match.