MIT Defeats Boston RFC After Strong Second Half

Teams:MIT vs Boston RFC
Played:10/11/2014 @ MIT
Score: 61 - 10 MIT win

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, MIT continued their unbeaten streak with a victory over Boston RFC. With the forecast calling for rain, Coach Sean took a page out of Shooter McGavin’s playbook and invited the team to “join him at nine o’clock on the 9th green.” The MIT players, much like Happy Gilmore, discovered that this meant practice under the sprinklers as preparation for the wet conditions. Fortunately on game day the rain stopped prior to kickoff and Thursday’s wet practice served as more of a soggy punishment than preparation for Saturday’s match.

Hooker Toro, coming off his man of the match performance from the previous week, set the tone for the game with a long breakaway run off the fringe of a ruck. The backs eventually spun the ball wide to winger John L, who committed Coach Sean’s cardinal sin of offloading in the tackle but luckily found outside center James, who touched down in the try zone. Boston RFC’s fullback tied the game at 5-5 after some poor tackling from MIT. MIT regained the lead when winger Bobby broke through the defensive line off a beautiful pass from flyhalf John G. Bobby then fed James for his second try of the game, making the score 10-5. A scrum inside MIT’s 22 led to Boston RFC’s second and last try of the day, as their scrum-half took the ball and drew in the defender before passing to their wing, who broke a tackle and scored. MIT fired back as inside center Alex B broke through the line and looked for support before realizing that he had shed all his tacklers and no longer needed support. Alex’s score put MIT up 17-10. Second row Alex A then said, “He’s not the only Alex who can break tackles and score” and touched down for his own try. MIT went into the half leading 24-10.

After a fiery speech from Coach Sean at halftime, MIT came out determined in the second half. Second row Brendan helped MIT win several lineouts. Flanker Frank also helped gain MIT possession with his work off the back of the lineout. Frank also had several hard runs and offloads. Scrumhalf KatieNMarc did a great job organizing the backs and forwards which led to prop Jarrad channeling his inner wing and scoring in the corner. Alex B, playing against his former club, then picked up turnover ball in Boston’s half and fed winger Bobby for another score in the corner. Alex B continued his solid performance by smashing through the defensive line and feeding James for his 3rd try of the game.

The scoring continued as John G spotted the Boston defense playing in too tightly and kicked over their heads. The ball took a favorable MIT bounce right into winger John L’s hands and he scored under the posts. John G followed this up with a try of his own as he picked the ball up off the back of a ruck and found the Boston defense asleep on the right side. Despite John G leaving his right boot on the try line the referee used his footprint in the mud as evidence that he stayed inbounds and awarded the try.

Some fresh legs led to more scoring for MIT as substitute Thomas made a breakaway run on the right wing. Despite carrying the ball in one hand like he was running through the streets of France with a baguette, Thomas was able to offload to fellow wannabe Frenchman Alex B, who again did not need any support (despite forward sub Alan running the length of the field) and scored the try.

MIT is off next week and then travels to North Shore for their next match on October 25, 2014.

Man of the match: James, who scored a hat trick after taking a few weeks off with a tummy-ache