|Teams:||MIT vs North Shore|
|Played:||04/14/2012 @ MIT|
|Score:||27 - 15 MIT win|
MIT faced their toughest task of the season so far last Saturday with the arrival of North Shore at the Cambridge field. A glorious day and a sizeable crowd made conditions perfect for rugby and both teams and the referee contributed to a well fought and flowing game.
MIT started the first half well, with some effective carries by the pack resulting in a penalty which John G duly converted. North Shore soon forced their way into the game, however, and some strong running and neat passing from the visiting backline yielded two well worked tries. MIT responded with powerful running from the forwards and some slick passing in the backs which almost saw Niall cross the tryline in the corner. Further forward pressure by MIT and good lineout work crafted a close range try for number 8, Steve H. John G converted.
MIT turned at half time trailing their opponents by two points but rallied in the second half fixing some issues identified at half time. Clever tactical kicks, a well-structured defence, and strong carries from deep by Frank, Patrick and others put the pressure on North Shore from the start of the 2nd half. The pressure finally told when Oggy slipped a neat pass to Mike B who scored under the posts. North Shore came back into MIT territory but a well-drilled and committed defence across the field kept them away from the MIT line, though a penalty was converted. The game finished with MIT in the ascendancy. Frank spotted a gap in the North Shore line and sprinted in for a well-taken try. Both sides maintained the intensity to the very end and after more hard running by Mick and his pack, the platform was set for the backs to spin the ball to John LeB. He found Mike B with a lovely inside flick and a try was scored in the corner.
A fantastic day of rugby, with a special thanks for North Shore and the referee for contributing fully to a great game. We now look forward to our next home game versus Portland on Saturday, April 21st.