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Charles River

RESULT North Shore 12–Charles River 10

October 17, 2015, 12:00pm @ 1005 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02127


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Referee's Official Match Report

This was a good hard fought game from both sides. Both teams had their opportunities. On the last play of the game, Charles River was kicking for points that would have put them up 13-12, but the strong wind and hard angle pushed it wide right and that was the game.

Referee: Matt Freund

Via the New England Rugby Referees Society

Our Match Report

The boys in blue showed up against Charles River this morning on the majestic pitch that is Moakley park. North Shore started the first half kicking into the wind, which was a huge factor in the game. The first fifteen minutes proved to be equal for both teams in the sense of field position and intensity; until NS committed a penalty just inside their own half which lead to an impressive 40 meter (with the wind) penalty conversion from the CR #15. North Shore fired back with a well formed maul off a line out on the opponents five meter that allowed James Sullivan, the stud, to cross the try line and convert the kick (7-3 NS). However Charles River was able to pin us deep our own end for the majority of the remaining time in the half. Despite some tough defense from North Shore, CR was able to score and convert, leaving a 10-7 half time score in favor of Charles River.

The second half proved to show more signs of an equal match. Even though NS was able to use the wind to their own advantage and win the territory battle, the first twenty minutes were scoreless. It was only until about the 65' when it was try time again for Sully, following some good support play from the pack, to make it 12-10 NS. The last fifteen minutes had NS on constant defense, including an impressive 5+ minute goal line stand. Within the last 8 minutes the CR #15 got two cracks at penalties for the win (both 27 meters+ into the wind) including one as time expired but to no avail.

The backs today were able to spread the ball quite well today despite the wind. Mr. de Leon also channeled his inner anti-Cutler and was spot on all day with his line out throws. The pack played solid, to no ones surprise CJ (stepping in for prop) and Ben played fantastic. The duck again went to Sully, the prick, as chosen by Charles River. . And the belt for B-side went to Jeb because he tried really hard.

North shore finds themselves back at .500 with a 3-3 record with four games to play. We will be hosting the Macabees at home next Saturday.

Tim Wilkinson