Belmont drop to 3-1 (2-1), edged by BC High. 2nd XV draw.

 

April 15th
Dorchester, MA

Belmont lost, for the first time this season, to a very well drilled Boston College High School team 7-20.

The game, competitive and physical from whistle to whistle, was close until the Eagles put in a late try with roughly 5 minutes left and sealing the match.

Belmont never lead in the game and played behind while suffering several injuries to starters and a depleted reserve panel.

The game began with a strong period of possession for the hosts as they capitalized on two early Belmont penalties at the breakdown (an issue that plagued the Marauders all day). The Eagles spent the first 7 minutes of the match in Belmont’s half. The visitors were able to defend and parry each of BC’s attacks.

Eventually, however, fissures in Belmont’s defense began to open and Boston College High School were able to score in the corner after a clever attack on the weak side. The conversion was caught in the wind and the hosts were up 5-0.

Belmont, now playing from behind for the 2nd time this season, responded immediately and marched the ball into BC’s half using strong attacking runs from Bryce Christian, Nick Ryan and Marco Perrone. Senior captain Darren Chan distributed ball quickly, but BC’s commitment to the counter ruck was, at times, too much for Belmont to handle. The visitors struggled for consistent secure ball and inhibited their fast, open style of play.

Belmont made five trips to the hosts’ 22, but could not walk away with points until Chan grabbed the ball from the base of a ruck in the midfield, dummied and scampered for a 25 meter try. The conversion, by senior fullback Luke Gallagher, was good, and Belmont was up 7-5.

The first half became a back and forth affair after Belmont scored with each side adjusting to the wind and trying to put the ball in their opponent’s half. BC High’s lineout was read and dismantled by senior lock Peter Durkin. Belmont’s lineout was hitting on all cylinders throughout the match providing the backs with clean attacking platforms.

It was the breakdown, however, that cursed Belmont the full 70 minutes. BC High was impressive in their commitment to both attacking and defending rucks, pouring players in to counterruck or immediately having their +1 defender on the ball looking to poach. Belmont struggled to keep clean ball and this was surely one of the key reasons they lost the match.

As the first half wound down BC High again threatened Belmont’s line as, as time expired punched in another score, unconverted, to retake the lead 7-10.

The halftime message was simple for Belmont. Secure the rucks. Keep making tackles.

Belmont threatened in the 2nd half often, but BC High had the wind in the 2nd stanza and used it to keep pressure on Belmont’s back three of Gallagher, junior Swapnil Thapa and sophomore Marvyn Dorchin. All three played brilliantly, but were under constant pressure from clever box kicking from BC High scrumhalf Billy Connors.

BC High scored their third 5-pointer with time clicking down because of their kicking pressure. Going up 7-15 Belmont were urgent to get back on the scoring line. The visitors threatened often with the infusion of tactical subs like scrumhalf Mateo Saint-Ourens. The French import played tough, dynamic rugby and helped Belmont get back into BC territory. Awarded a penalty Belmont elected to tap and go instead of taking the 3. An unfortunate knock-on, another issue that kept Belmont from playing consistent rugby, turned the ball over and BC were able to relieve their lines once again.

As time ran out BC punched in their 4th and final score.

Belmont look to regroup as they depart for their 3rd international tour in club history. This year’s journey sees the club travel to Lisbon & Monte Gordo, Portugal where they will enjoy plenty of sun, beaches, sightseeing and rugby. Training sessions will be held at the University of Lisboa Stadium, with matches against Sintrense Rugby Club in Sintra and Evora Rugby Club. The boys will also be performing community service with Communidade Vida e Paz in Lisbon.

The next game is Wednesday April 29th as Belmont host St. John’s Prep High School. Kickoff is 7pm on Harris Field.

Final Score Belmont 7 (7) Boston College High School 20 (10)
Scorers
Belmont High School
Tries – Chan
Conversions – Gallagher
Pens –
Cards -

In the 2nd XV game Belmont punched in a try early through the clever counterattacking of sophomore lock Brendan Walsh.

The sophomore pairing of Saint-Ourens and Luis Valanzuela played dynamic rugby, moving the ball well. BC scored an equalizer through the use of their pick & go punch ball and the teams drew 5-5.

The match was physical and back and forth with senior Rashunda Webb carrying the ball often and with chutzpah. Senior wing Tom Martin was dynamic in the counter attack, as was his fullback partner Alex Berets. Their ability to neutralize any BC attempts at finding space assured Belmont front foot ball.

But the breakdown, and some unlucky bounces, again prevented Belmont from clinching a win, though they had their chances.

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