Match Reports & Videos: 2017
RESULT North Shore 45–
September 23, 2017, 1:00pm @ 72 Carpenter St, Keene, NH 03431
Referee's Official Match Report
No report on record.
Our Match Report
North Shore brought a solid line-up of 18 players up to Keene, NH this weekend to face-off against Monadnock Rugby Club. It was a great day for rugby, clear skies, temps in the 80's, and the pitch was perfect (there was grass and had rugby lines).
North Shore started off a little slow, giving up a penalty early in the 1st half, allowing Monadnock to take the 3-0 lead. However, once the Red's got in their groove, it was clear who the better team was.
Monadnock played a forwards focused game, using seemingly endless crash phases to try and wear down the North Shore pack. However, the North Shore forwards showed superior fitness, and were able to keep their heads on defense, forcing mistakes and turn-overs. When the ball got spun out to the back line the Red's dominated with speed on the outside, scoring (5) try's from the back line on the day.
As we got into the second half, rucks started to get sloppy, and things started to get a bit chippy. However the red's were able control the pace, and utilize human centipede calls and forward crashes to punch in (2) try's from the forwards. Towards the end of the game exhaustion started to kick in for many of the starters, but luckily we had some solid substitutions, and were able to get some fresh legs in the game to close out the win. Final Score NS 45 - Monadnock 15.
Men of the match go to Nick "Hung Daddy" Messier and Shawn Nicklas. Nick tore it up at fullback, running solid lines, and making huge plays with Garrett and Tommy MacRae in the back. While Shawn had another strong performance this week, quickly adapting to a new position at lock, and scoring a try in the process.
Shout out to Mahoney and Arif who played out of position in the back line this week, showing that we can adapt and still win games, when needed. Hartigan and Mahoney worked well together at 9 and 10, sticking to our game plan and controlling the pace of the match, while Arif provided us with some great field position with beautiful spiral kicks to touch. Also shout out to Garrett who consistently bails everyone out of fuck-up's with try saving tackles.
Good match overall, as always, there is a lot of room for improvement. So lets all get out to practice on Tuesday and Thursday this week, as we prepare for a huge match against New London on Saturday.
Captains Jeb & Tom
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