Match Report: Belmont Boys Defeat Needham HS

 

The Pieces All Come Together for BRFC Against Needham HS

Date of Contest: 5/17/17

 

Varsity Score:   Belmont 49                 Opponent 0

Belmont High hosted Needham High School for a D1 league match on Wednesday May 17th.  The Belmont Boys started strong from the opening kickoff and John Campbell dotted down for the teams first try and a 7-0 lead 3 minutes in.  Belmont kept the pressure on and after a Laurent Brabo run, Nathanael Taylor spotted an opening along the blind side of a ruck and scampered in for a try and a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the match.  Credit to Needham they fought hard and there was a lot of back and forth over the next 20 minutes until the ball moved through John Campbell’s hands to Laurent Brabo who went in for the 3rd try and a 21-0 lead 30 minutes in.  The home side wasn’t done there however and Brendan Walsh had a great take on a kickoff, the ball was moved to Vice-Captain Eli Gullage for a quick run, and then back to Walsh who dashed through the defensive line and ran for a 60m try and a 28-0 half time lead.

In the 2nd half the subs starting rolling on for Belmont, but the pressure continued as Will Lozano had a huge run off the kickoff.  Moment’s later captain Dan Hurtubise had a big tackle which lead to a Needham turnover and again it found Walsh’s hands and he broke the defense for another long range try, this one from 45m out and a 35-0 lead.  At this stage Needham seemed to pick up some steam and Belmont had multiple big defensive stands, one of which was on the goal line and they refused to allow Needham into the try zone.  With 10 minutes remaining in the game Pat Cleary had 2 great runs, the second one being passed to Brabo who then hit George Fitzgerald who was streaking down the side line and he beat the defense wide for a try and a 42-0 lead.  As the game wound down, Walsh again had a big play as he stole the ball from a Needham runner, ran toward his goal and as he was being tackled found his teammate Chris McMullin in support and offloaded to him for the final try and a score of 49-0.  The score line flattered the home team, but it doesn’t say enough about the visiting Needham Rockets and their continuous effort throughout the match on a very hot day.  Standouts for Belmont included Nathanael Taylor, Chris McMullin, Max Murphy and John Campbell.  The jackal award winner was Pat Cleary for his opportunistic play throughout the match and Brendan Walsh was the Man of the Match for his excellent performance.

In the JV match, a deficiency of reserve players impeded the ability to hold a regular game, so Belmont shared players with Needham and played a 10’s scrimmage which Belmont won.

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