New London County
RESULT North Shore 7–New London County 12
April 4, 2015, 1:00pm @ Hormel Stadium, Locust St, Medford, MA 02155
Referee's Official Match Report
No report on record.
Our Match Report
An almost perfect early spring day...if only the wind cooperated. Low 50s, sunny, nice new turf field in Medford, a great day to be a rugger.
Under the guidance of new coach Arturo Bravo Nuevo, North Shore hit the pitch ready to showcase a new commitment to defense and right off the bat the New London club had North Shore on their heels, keeping the ball in their attacking half for much of the first 20 minutes. Communication and defensive intensity were up and the Reds fought off an aggressive New London offense, but penalties would push North Shore back to their try line, where we saw a nice defensive stand, but it eventually broke down and New London capitalized for a 7-0 lead.
Right from there the Reds broke out and took over an the ensuing kickoff. With the wind not giving the back line much to work with the Reds relied on their forwards with a glut of pick and go, crash ball, mauling lineouts, and pods on penalties to march down the field to the attacking try line. After a near try by Ox was held up, the Reds, led with their now famous 'Red Rocket' 2nd row, drove in a 5 meter scrum to the try line, where they went weak side to Tommy Macrae for a score. Sully made a tough conversion from the side to make the score 7-7.
North Shore subbed out several pieces of the pack and moved players around in the back line for the 2nd half, which changed the tune of the club. The flow of the backline improved and we saw some excellent rugby from the backs, but the larger and more experienced New London side began to take over the scrums (of which there was a ton) and lessen the amount of chances the Reds would be able to get the ball out. However, the defense never relented and a see-saw 2nd half saw only one unconverted try go the way of New London, ending the match 12-7.
A-Side Man of the Match was Chris Shatswell, who went the full 80 and had the unenviable task of throwing a few dozen lineouts in the driving wind, but somehow made it work.
Ian "Juggernaut" Nichols
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