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The MCRC 77 – 0 UNH

Despite scoring an early try Middlebury starts off this game looking lacklustre–hurried in their decision making, hectic around the rucks. However, it does not take too long for the Blue to find their groove and from then on the points just keep rolling in. The Middlebury scrum absolutely abolishes the UNH pack, winning almost every ball and even in the few defensive scrums Middlebury does not win they blast UNH back. This forwards domination leads the way for The MCRC to win 77 – 0.

UNH barely touches the ball and may have only been on the attack in Middlebury’s 22 once in the entire game. 12 tries for Middlebury with Sirkia converting 7  and going 1 for 2 from penalties. Still the Blue will feel like they left 4 or 5 more tries begging but it’ll be hard to lament a big win like this away from home. Outrageous workrate by the Middlebury forwards, particularly blind side flank Zach Bills ’11 who finally stays on the field for more than the first 20 mins of the first half. Bills is a powerhouse in the tight play, dominating the contact area at all times and picking up a try at the close of the first half.

The clean ball won by the forwards is put to good use throughout by Sirkia and co. in the backs. Middlebury rests top try scorer Kennedy Mugo ’12 and can easily afford to do so when they have Allan “The Natural” Stafford ’13.5 returning from injury. Stafford picks up 2 tries, as does fullback Geoff Kalan ’12.5, who continues to impress and improve each week. With hat-trick  Mugo out Chris “Calves” Vandergrift ’11 takes this opportunity to become Middlebury’s leading try scorer adding a pair to his brace last week.

Scoring summary (time of try in brackets):

First half: Campanella ’12 [4], Marshall ’11 [18], Vandergrift ’11 [24], Berriman ’12 [34], Kalan ’12.5 [35], Bills ’11 [40]

Halftime score: 36 – 0 Middlebury.

Second half: Stafford ’13.5 [44], Kalan ’12.5 [49], Marshall ’11 [55], Powers ’11.5 [64], Vandergrift ’11 [68], Stafford ’13.5 [70]

Sirkia completes the scoring for the day with a penalty kick in the 77th minute.

In the final twenty minutes of the game Middlebury makes 6 substitutions including a debut for London educated blindside flanker Devin “Fingers” Risinger ’14, a ferocious ballmonger, always quick to make the steal at the ruck, and now reunited with his former high school rugby captain, Middlebury forwards captain Rowan Kelner ’12. Other substitutions include Ben “Sturgees” Stasiuk ’13.5 in the centers, Sebastien Damberg-Ott ’12.5 in the loosies, Luke Dauner ’13 in the second row, Michael Hodge ’11 at scrum half and Mike “Big” Pappa ’11 at prop. Solid performances by all the subs all putting in good bids for more A side playing time; 1st cap of this fall for “Sturgees”, Damberg-Ott and Hodge.

Lineup: Wilson, Powers, Vandergrift (Pappa), N. Kelner, Harasimowicz (Dauner), Marshall (Damberg-Ott), R. Kelner (c),  Bills (Risinger), Berriman (Hodge), Sirkia (c), Stafford, Harrison, Cmejla (Stasiuk), Campanella, Kalan

Points:

  • Tries – Vandergrift ’11 (2), Stafford ’12.5 (2), Kalan ’12.5 (2), Marshall ’11 (2), Bills ’11, D. Powers ’11.5, R. Berriman ’12, Campanella ’12,
  • Conversions – Sirkia ’12.5: 7 for 12
  • Penalty Kicks – Sirkia ’12.5: 1 for 2

Milestones:

  • 1st cap (competitive): Risinger ’14
Middlebury 2nd XV

The MCRC B-side also pulls off a convincing win 37-0. The game is limited to 25 minute halves and depowered scrums to accommodate for the injuries to UNH’s front row but there are still some great performances by the Middlebury 2nd XV. Tries by Hodge, Dylan Whitaker ’13, Stasiuk, Dauner, Charles Wemyss-Dunn ’12 and in the second half Stasiuk picks up his second and Risinger finishes off the scoring. Wemyss-Dunn goes 1 for 4 converting, Hodge misses his 1 attempt and Jebb “The Febb” Norton goes 0 for 2 converting.

B-side Lineup
: Pappa, Sun, Hanich, Lynch, Dauner, Risinger, Brown, Damberg-Ott, Mahoney, Hodge (Maher), Hawley (Steel), Stasiuk, Charlie (Tabb), Dylan, Jebb

One Response to “The MCRC 77 – 0 UNH”

  1. bogo says:

    go blue. keep up the good work killer b’s.

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