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Charles River

RESULT North Shore 12–
Charles River 7

October 27, 2018, 1:00pm @ GEAA Field, 663 Summer St, Lynn, MA 01905

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Referee's Official Match Report

Cool, rainy, windy conditions. Charles River lead at the half with a converted try to an unconcerned try. In the second half, North Shore scored a converted try.

Referee: Arden Herrin

Via the New England Rugby Referees Society

Our Match Report

North Shore faced their heated (and hated) rival Charles River over the weekend. No rain or wind could stop this showdown from happening, though it tried. After careful planning by Match Secretary, Timothy Wilkinson the Reds were able to secure a field that would not flood and ensured the game would occur. North Shore headed north to New England Sports Park in Amesbury. The tropical storm felt less than tropical as the game kicked off, speeding sideways rain and unpredictable winds. From the first minute it was clear that this would be a battle of will and a slower forward game. Charles River was able to capitalize off of a penalty early (9 minutes in) and sneak into the try zone for the first score of the game. The Reds trailed by seven but recognized that a fast paced defense was really wearing Charles River thin, Charles River’s backs rarely got their hands on the ball and when they did they were met instantly by a red jersey. The game was knock on after knock on and scrum after scrum but North Shore recognized that they were close to putting a score in. The Reds were barking at the door as the half was coming to a close, an offsides penalty by Charles River gave Justin just the space he needed to break a few tackles and get North Shore on the board. This ended the half with a huge swing of momentum for the boys in red, even though they were down 5-7.

The second half saw more of the same; a wet sloppy ball, knock ons, scrums and rumbling forwards. North Shore had several big breaks that eventually went no where because the ball was so tough to hold onto. Possession switched sides, over and over again. Early in the first half Charles River ran phase after phase from 10 meters out of North Shore’s try zone, to get stuffed over and over again. Conrad had a huge defensive stand, standing up one of Charles River’s biggest runners and stripping the ball right out of his hands, taking the wind right out of Charles River’s sails. 20 minutes into the second half North Shore was knocking on the door and after some great runs by the backs, Ben was able to touch the ball down to get North Shore the lead. With a converted kick from Timmy North Shore led 12-7. The dog fight continued for the last 20 minutes seeing Charles River keeping possession of the ball for the majority of the last quarter of the game. North Shore’s relentless defense continued until the last minute, when North Shore received an offsides penalty and Charles River had one more chance from 15 meters out. They took a crash ball right into CJ who collided with their pig and forced him to knock the ball on, giving the Reds a huge victory in the storm.

North Shore Blues quickly took the field after the Reds to warm themselves up, and they were ready to hit. The Blues played 10s and the conditions did not improve for them. The back and forth nature of the first game continued into the second. Some highlights include some huge runs by Mike “Sunday” Sunde, a big try by Jerry "Ineedmotime BJ" Calixte and John "El Prez" Rice finishing the game with a huge run into the defense laying the hurt on an unsuspecting river rat. The boys in Blue finished in a tie.

Both teams were able to warm themselves up in the "clubhouse" above the pitch. Man of the Match awards went to Sully for natural ability to cut up defenses and Conrad for some punishing runs and his goal line stand. We are on to next week, looking forward to one of our toughest match ups against top of the table Providence. With a win the North Shore boys can guarantee a spot in the playoffs.