Match Report: Tough Belmont Loss to St. John’s Prep Side

 

 Belmont Falls Short Against St. John’s Prep

Date of Contest: 5/11/17

 

Varsity (1st XV) Score:   Belmont 10                 St. John’s Prep 19

Belmont travelled to St. John’s Prep (SJP) for a division 1 league match and the visitors got off to a great start and jumped out to a 5-0 lead within the first 7 minutes of the match.  This was in contrast to some slower starts recently and the team was looking good out of the gates.  From there they executed a beautiful cross-field kick from Nathanael Taylor to Laurent Brabo who made an incredible play to out jump a SJP player for the ball and to continue the drive.  Unfortunately Belmont conceded a penalty in the ensuing breakdown and SJP kicked deep into Belmont territory.  The SJP lineout was stolen by Belmont’s captain, Dan Hurtubise, and Belmont cleared the ball from their own end.  SJP then mounted a steady attack and sent wave after wave of runners which eventually ended with a strong Belmont defensive stand and clearing their lines again and being awarded a penalty.  They attempted a quick tap, which was halted by the home side and they used this to launch another attack into Belmont territory, eventually resulting in a SJP lineout.  They brought this down and were able to get a nice driving maul to score the try and take a 5-7 lead with the conversion kick.    As the half continued Belmont had a number of great attacking opportunities deep in SJP territory, including one apparent try which was not awarded, another runner tackled out of bounds on SJP’s goal line and a kick for points that sailed just left of the uprights to keep the score at 5-7 at the half time whistle.

During the 2nd period, Belmont made a number of costly mistakes in their set piece and lost their lineout and scrums on multiple occasions giving away valuable possession to SJP.  One occasion led to a SJP attack with multiple phases leading to a try for the hosts and a 5-14 lead.  Between their inability to control their own set piece and a number of penalties and missed tackles, Belmont allowed SJP to work another try and take a 5-19 lead with 17 minutes to play in the game.  With fresh legs on for Belmont and a sense of urgency the team mounted a strong comeback and scored a try to bring the score to 10-19, but the conversion kick was no good and they needed 2 scores with minutes to play.  SJP was penalized multiple times and were given 2 yellow cards in the final minutes of the game and Belmont appeared to score a 3rd try, but the referee judged it was not grounded in goal and the game finished at 10-19 to SJP.  A hard fought match on both sides and ultimately SJP made better use of their possession and committed fewer errors and missed less tackles allowing them to take the victory.  ‘Man of the Match’ for Belmont was Ben Jones whose presence was felt all over the field and he had somewhere in the vicinity of 20 tackles.  Laurent Brabo was also acknowledged as the ‘Jackal Award’ winner for his strong play, his ability to play multiple positions as his team needed him to and for a strong defensive showing. Other standouts on the day for the 1st XV team were Vice-captain Eli Gullage, Michael Rodriguez, Sam Sagherian, and Nathanael Taylor. Belmont moves to 3-2 in league play with one to go against Needham High School next week, while SJP moves to 3-1 with 2 matches to play in league competition.

 

JV (2nd XV) Score:   Belmont 33            Opponent 7

In the JV match both sides fought hard but Belmont proved too much for the host team.  Bryson Lipson was outstanding and scored 3 tries in the winning effort and earned the ‘Man of the Match’ honors.  Joe Altomare also was excellent stepping up from the Developmental team and earning the ‘Jackal Award’ on the day for his great passing, timely defense and quick thinking throughout the match.  Other standouts on the day for the Belmont team were Anders Lawrence, Ben Adams, Michael Rodriguez, Daniel Sokol and Matt Donovan.  The 2nd XV (JV) is now 5-1 on the year.

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