BRFC Kicks-off Season with Two Friendly Victories


The Belmont High School Rugby Football Club (RFC) 1st XV team opened its 2016 season with an impressive win over Arlington Catholic (AC), 43-0, in a Friday night game on the turf under the lights on Harris Field. Following the first game, Belmont’s 2nd XV took on Cambridge  Rindge and Latin’s 1st XV, coming away with their first win, 26-5.

The game began with multiple handling errors and penalties from both sides, but in the 6thminute, Belmont’s Captain Lowell Haska opened the scoring with a try off the back of a 5-meter scrum. After an unfortunate injury to starting fly-half Nathanael Taylor, the game went into a period of back-and-forth phase play interspersed with dashing runs from both Belmont and Arlington Catholic. Belmont’s forward pack did a great job of holding up AC’s
ball carriers and did well in the scrums. Just before half time, Vice-Captain Grant Gilbert broke through AC’s defense with a great running line and scored a try, making the score 12-0 with the conversion by Owen Loveluck.

In the start of the second half, Haska again scored a try off the back of the Belmont scrum, this time from 15 meters out.  Belmont went up 19-0 with Swapnil Thapa’s conversion. Belmont squandered a number of their chances early in the second half off handling errors, but after a Belmont steal and subsequent AC penalty near their own try-line, Thapa slotted a penalty kick,
upping the score to 22-0.

Halfway through the second half, Lamarr Axell cleaned up a messy Belmont lineout,
running the ball in for a try.  Thapa again made the conversion bringing the score to 29-0. Shortly after, Haska was sent off with a yellow card for a high tackle, although many felt it was an unfair call on the referee’s part as the player was seen ducking under the tackle of the Belmont Captain.  Regardless, Belmont remained strong keeping AC off the scoreboard.  Brendan Walsh was able to burst through the defense and dive in for a try after a big run from Gilbert and a quick punch up the field from Axell. Thapa again made the conversion pushing the score to 36-0 in favor of the hosts.

As they game wound down there were strong runs from Pat Cleary and Malik Williams
late in the second half, as well as a 30-meter tackle-breaking run and try by Eli Gullage off a stolen AC lineout in the final few minutes. The match ended with a final score of Belmont 43, Arlington Catholic 0.

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