|Teams:||MIT vs Portland RFC|
|Played:||03/28/2015 @ MIT|
|Score:||37 - 24 MIT win|
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, MIT kicked off their spring season with a dominant win over Division 1 side Portland RFC. MIT and Portland met on a beautiful spring day on the wonderful artificial turf at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT showed no signs of rust as they exploded with intensity from the opening kickoff. MIT controlled possession in the first half and did not make a single handling error or miss a tackle, possibly aided by the perfect weather conditions. The scrums and lineouts were in mid-season form. MIT’s fast start was a surprise, as they were basically playing an away game due to Briggs Field not being ready for action.
Despite the strong start, MIT’s lone highlight in the first half came when KatieNMarc fed Oggy off the side of a breakdown. Oggy found a hole which led to a long run reminiscent of Nick A circa Springfield 2014. Unfortunately Sione was nowhere to be found in support and MIT was unable to capitalize.
MIT’s scoring opened in the second half, when James L took a quick tap off a penalty and spun the ball wide. The backs broke the gain line, but as usual the forwards took all the credit for the backs’ hard work. Natal, who returned to the team after remembering that he lives across the street from the rugby pitch, touched down for MIT’s first score of the season. With their star kicker being Edward Snowden’d from the country, MIT was unable to convert for the extra points.
MIT and Portland were having such a good time playing in the New England weather that they decided to play a third half, as any MIT student can tell you: 3 halves equal a whole. Portland made a significant amount of substitutions and MIT upped their scoring rate. MIT worked together several phases, and Cody dove over for a try in the corner. Galen took the ball from the kickoff and then shed tacklers as if he had just gotten Star Power in Super Mario. The Star Power eventually ran out and Toro took the ball in from 5 meters out for the try. James L followed with a snake like run through the defense for 5 points of his own. Another long run from Hacksaw led to a try for man of the match Frank. Jake M and Alex A finished off the scoring for MIT.
After the game, Coach Sean commented, “I have absolutely no critique of the team. They played a perfect game and have nothing to improve on. I actually learned a few things from them today about the game of rugby.”
MIT travels to Saratoga for their next match on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
Man of the Match: Frank (despite not being man of the boat race)
*MIT wishes everyone a happy April 1!