Match Report: BRFC Defeats Lincoln-Sudbury Sides


Belmont Emerges the Victors Over Lincoln-Sudbury

Date of Contest: 5/3/17

Varsity (1st XV) Score:   Belmont 42                 Lincoln-Sudbury 19

Belmont hosted Lincoln-Sudbury HS for a division 1 league match and the visitors got off to a great start and jumped out to a 0-14 lead within the first 13 minutes of the match.  They were a big and physical side and the home team struggled to contain their hard running outside center to start.  After a deep kickoff Ben Jones made a great tackle which lead to a turnover by Lincoln-Sudbury (LS) and Belmont moved the ball quickly to the wide side of the field where Laurent  Brabo was able to score the try, which was converted by Marvyn Dorchin to bring it to 7-14.  LS responded and drove down the field with the assistance of multiple Belmont penalties and scored again, but missed the conversion to make it 7-19 24 minutes into the match.  Belmont kicked deep from the next restart and LS attempted to run it out of their end but knocked the ball on.  From the ensuing scrum Belmont ran a set piece move that saw Sam Harris go over for the try and with Dorchin’s conversion the score was 14-19 where it stayed until the half time break.

At the break the team acknowledged their missteps in the 1st half and committed to correcting them in the 2nd, and they did just that.  The Belmont boys came out firing in the 2nd period and quickly took the lead after a great Pat Cleary run where he took on 2 defenders and beat them both for the try and with the kick made the score 21-19.  From the next kickoff LS knocked the ball on and Belmont moved it wide, chipped ahead, which was caught by Sam Harris, and then Joe Viale recognized a hole in the defense on the blind side of the breakdown and exploited it for a 50m try and a 35-19 lead after Dorchin’s conversion kick 13 minutes into the half.  Then there was a period of back and forth with both teams having successful phases only to be undone by penalties or handling errors.  Toward the end of the match Belmont had a lineout just inside LS territory and had a beautiful set piece move that saw the ball move through Dan Hurtubise, Joe Viale, Nathanael Taylor, Laurent Brabo and then into George Fitzgerald’s hands who took it in for the final try of the day and a 42-19 scoreline with the conversion.  LS mounted one last drive and got deep in Belmont territory, but the home side mounted a strong defensive stand and the game finished with a Belmont player stealing the ball and Brendan Walsh having a great clearance kick to end the match.

Overall, a game of two halves and despite being down 0-14 to start the match Belmont kept their composure and finally settled into their game plan and was able to execute it well to win the match.

JV (2nd XV) Score:   Belmont 22            Opponent 5

In the JV match both sides were very competitive and there was some excellent rugby on display.  Belmont ended up winning the game 22-5, but Lincoln-Sudbury played hard throughout.  Stanoduts on the day for the home team were Daniel Sokol, Max Murphy, Ryuichi Ohhata, Ben Adams, Bryson Lipson, and Muhammad Hamza who put in one of the best performances on the day for either match.



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