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MIT B’s take down Springfield

Teams:MIT vs Springfield Rifles B's
Played:10/10/2015 @ MIT
Score: 15 - 5 MIT win

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the MIT B’s defeated Springfield 15-5. With both teams hurting for numbers, the teams agreed to play shortened halves. MIT were looking to work on some of the mistakes that were made in the A-side match, particularly on defense. The scoring started when scrum-half Diego (not to be confused with winger Diego) kicked from behind a breakdown. The ball bounced around until flanker Clay pounced on it for his first career try with MIT. Chris L. had another strong day at center as he had a long run fending off Springfield players for the second try of the game.

MIT claim first place with win over Springfield

Teams:MIT vs Springfield Rifles Rugby Club
Played:10/10/2015 @ MIT
Score: 44 - 17 MIT win

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, MIT hosted the Springfield Rifles Rugby Club on a beautiful fall day at Briggs field. With injuries and illnesses starting to take a toll on the team, Coach Sean put out a lineup with 9 changes from the New London match the week before. MIT was confident with their depth that the squad still had enough talent to get the job done.

MIT B’s comeback falls short vs. New London

Teams:MIT vs New London County Rugby B's
Played:10/03/2015 @ New London, CT
Score: 20 - 30 MIT loss

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the MIT B’s took on New London in a 10’s match due to low numbers from the host side. MIT was aggressive from the start, with center Chris L. stealing the ball in a tackle. New London were flooding people into the breakdowns and were able to turn the ball back over. Not long after, scrum-half Chandler had a long breakaway run, but found no support and the ball was again turned over. The New London winger kicked the ball into the try zone and chased down his own kick for the first score of the game.

MIT secure rare road victory at New London

Teams:MIT vs New London County Rugby
Played:10/03/2015 @ New London, CT
Score: 9 - 0 MIT win

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, MIT traveled to New London, CT to take on the New London County Rugby club. New London had proven to be one of the toughest road matches in the league, as MIT were 0-3 in the last 5 years when traveling there. Prior to kickoff, New London put together a last minute DIY goal-post project that was only half successful. With only 1 goal-post erected, the referee adjusted the rules so that any penalty kick would automatically be a dead ball and teams would have to switch around in order to kick at the only post.

MIT rally from behind to defeat Wolfhounds

Teams:MIT vs Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Played:09/26/2015 @ MIT
Score: 24 - 22 MIT win

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, MIT hosted the Boston Irish Wolfhounds on a beautiful but slightly breezy fall day. With their last 2 matches with the Wolfhounds having going down to the wire, MIT knew they were in for an 80 minute battle. MIT struggled in the first half as they squandered precious possession and were unable to put multiple phases together. The Wolfhounds came out the aggressor, with strong runs from their #7 and #8. MIT matched their hard runs with excellent defense from Marc, Alex, James and Jake S. (who was running around making tackles like he was still in his 20’s).

MIT defeat Framingham for first win of the season

Teams:MIT vs Framingham Exiles
Played:09/19/2015 @ Marlborough, MA
Score: 71 - 5 MIT win

On September 19, 2015, MIT traveled to take on the Framingham Exiles, who have apparently been exiled to Marlborough, MA. Coach Sean, having just returned from vacation, stressed during the week that the team did not have enough “Christmas” at practice. Although Sean’s brain was clearly still on holiday, the team was able to decipher that what he actually wanted was more “crispness” from the team. While the team certainly could have been crisper, they did take a step forward from the prior weekend.

Newcomers help lead MIT B’s to victory

Teams:MIT vs Old Gold B's
Played:09/12/2015 @ MIT
Score: 25 - 5 MIT win

MIT were able to show the depth of the club as they put out an entirely different roster for the second match of the day (much to the delight of Toro and other front rowers). Despite little playing time together, and having to deal with slug-ref John G., the MIT B’s came together to put on an entertaining performance. Reluctant front-rower Martin led the forwards as they were able to give clean ball for Chandler to feed the backs. Chandler did an excellent job managing the forwards and backs up and down the field. The scoring for MIT started when flyhalf Aaron broke through the line.

MIT fall to Old Gold in opener

Teams:MIT vs Old Gold
Played:09/12/2015 @ MIT
Score: 18 - 24 MIT loss

On September 12, 2015, MIT kicked off the 2015 fall season at home vs. Old Gold. A last minute kickoff change left both teams with an extra hour of anticipation on the beautiful sunny day. Once the game began both teams showed signs of offseason rust. MIT’s defense was put under pressure early, but was able to stop a threatening attack inside their 22. MIT got on the board first after an Old Gold penalty led to 3 points from flyhalf/slug/fullback John G. About 5 minutes later, another Old Gold penalty led to another 3 points for John G.