River heads into bye week on a positive note!
It was another good day for Schuylkill River Rugby on Saturday October 6, 2018 as both the Exiles and Troop were victorious for the second weekend in a row. The Exiles travelled down to Washington DC and earned a 37-26 victory over Potomac while Troop hosted the Gryphons in the first of their four consecutive home matches and 33-12.
Following the Exiles match Coach Burch said “We stuck with our defensive structure and showed composure in our attack. With 27 points Brian Keown was a force from the 10 spot. Our forwards’ ability in the set piece put us on the front foot. Overall, a great team win.” Director of Rugby Pat Boyle added that the guys played a really solid game for the first 70 minutes to build a 37-5 lead but when you play a great team like Potomac you can never let your foot off the gas and that showed when Potomac scored 3 tries in the final 10 minutes to make it a 37-26 final.
Fly half Brian Keown played a strong match, scoring 2 tries and making 4 conversions and 3 penalty kicks. Other try scorers included Matt Henderson and Sean Barnes. Coach Burch also praised the play of John McCurdy, Joe Midwig, and Geoff Matthes. Boyle also gave a shout out to Henderson for a making a brilliant play to beat 3 defenders for his try and to Barnes for running good lines both with the ball, and in support. Matt Zebrowski was named man of the match by Coach Burch for his performance from the hooker position.
Tries: Keown (2), Barnes, Henderson
Cons: Keown (4)
Pens: Keown (3)
Despite Troop earning a bonus point victory against the Gryphons, Coach Pierce wasn’t satisfied and focused on what the side needs to do to reach their potential. “We were not able to display patience when required and requested. However, we increased our focus for 60 of 80 minutes and our last 20 minutes were our best” according to Coach. Izak Du Plooy was named man of the match in his return from the homeland and other strong performers included Ross McMonigle, John Hines Jr, and Brad Selman.
Tries were scored by Tom Stenberg, Dave Hilley, McMonigle, and Hines (2) while Ryan Tower added a conversion and 2 penalties. The penalties were particularly important given the difficulty of kicking on the muddy field and they helped us maintain a cushion when a couple of lapses in our play allowed the Gryphons to bring the score to 16-12 before a strong finish.
Tries: Hines (2), Hilley, McMonigle, Stenberg
Cons: Tower (1)
Pens: Tower (2)
Season Scoring Totals:
Tries: Jabari Johnson (3), John Hines Jr. (2), Dave Hilley (2) Michael Bacon (1), James Brunson (1) Cody Bukowski (1), Ed Carter (1) Matt Hughes (1), Ross McMonigle (1), Tom Stenberg (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (8)
Pens: Ryan Tower (3)
Tries: Sean Barnes (4), Randy Helsman (3), Brian Keown (3), Joe Midwig (2), Dan Deal (2), Pat Boyle (1), Jeff Hall (1), Matt Henderson (1), Dante Jacquet (1) Brad Volm (1)
Cons: Keown (12)
Pens: Keown (5)