Schuylkill River Wins Battle of Historic Philadelphia Rugby Clubs
Skill Rugby’s D3 side (Troop) began a four match home stand in winning fashion with a victory over Blackthorn. Evan McKeever (wing) and Vito Nucci (prop) got things off to a good start with early tries and gave River a 12-0 lead 7 minutes into the match. Keeno Brown (wing) and Jabari Johnson (outside center) followed up with tries of their own to help the team build a 24-0 lead and take a 24-5 advantage into halftime following a try from Blackthorn’s fullback.
Jeff Hall (lock) got the second half scoring started with a try in the 57th minute which was matched by a try from Blackthorn’s fly half to make it 31-12. The teams continued trading tries throughout the half with River’s Bobby Collins (lock) scoring followed by a try from Blackthorn’s wing to make the score 38-19. Jabari Johnson continued his strong play with a 72nd minute try to make it a final score line of 43-19.
After the match team leadership stated that we started off strong running with the ball in hand, had a bit of a lull in the middle of the match, and then finished strong. When we ran our system we were successful and our defense was strong throughout. In particular, Bobby Collins, Matt Zebrowski (hook), and the backline played well defensively. Scrumhalf Ryan Tower ran a strong game and his kicking remained on point. The set pieces were also strong and thanks to the fact that we built a lead we were able to get a few young guys some playing time to finish off the match.
Jabari Johnson was named man of the match for his performance and James Lesniak (fullback) was also noted to have had a strong match.
This match also marks wing Scott Carter’s debut for Schuylkill River. Welcome to the Club Scott!
Troop and the Exiles return to action on Saturday October 26 with Friends and Family Day matches against Delmarva and Potomac.
Tries: Jabari Johnson (2), Keeno Brown (1), Bobby Collins (1), Jeff Hall (1), Evan McKeever (1), Vito Nucci (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (4)
Troop Season Stats:
Tries: Jabari Johnson (4), Vito Nucci (3), Bobby Collins (2), Dave Gross (2), Jeff Hall (2), Ryan McHugh (2), Alex Ruiz (2), Kevin Allison (1), Louis Baeza (1), Keeno Brown (1), Bryan McCorkle (1), Evan McKeever (1), Colin Sullivan (1), John “Cat Stevens” Vizzachero (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (15)
Pens: Ryan Tower (3)
Exiles Season Stats:
Tries: Cesar DaFonseca (5), Jack Ramirez (5), Rich Casey (3), Ben Janssen (2), Louis Baeza (1), Ryan Blythe (1), Brian Keown (1), Joe Midwig (1), Vito Nucci (1), Brad Volm (1),
Cons: Brian Keown (11) Alex Ruiz (2)
Pens: Brian Keown (2)