Old Gold Rugby pounded a depleted Burlington, VT team 38-14 on Saturday at Moakley park. Having played down a man for 70 minutes and without 4 proven starters versus Hartford the week prior, Old Gold came out gunning, consistently making the last pass out to the wing. Burlington, having traveled close to four hours to play, spilled out of their vans to see a much more focused Old Gold team than what showed up to play Hartford. After receiving the opening kickoff, Old Gold was able to keep the ball out of their half, rarely allowing Burlington inside their 22. Score at the time 12-0, but Old Gold does its best work when faced with adversity. Old Gold stepped up to the challenge and did not fold as they went down a man. With great defensive pressure, Old Gold punished Burlington, highlighted by a hit by Captain Jon-Luc Dupuy on Burlingtonâ€™s #14 winger. After the game he readily admitted he realized that he was going to be ineffective after the hit. Great Stuff Gold!!! Great ball movement in the back line on broken plays and second phases helped Tomasi Kongaikka and Sam Berry for two long tries! Also scoring (rather, attempting to) in the first half was John Beatty, who made a strong push on the far side of the field to cross the try line for the first time this Fall Seasonâ€¦. Fortunately for Burlington, Beatty, being a prop, did not recognize the oblong object in his hands and promptly threw the ball away on his way to the ground. We also had several other scoring opportunities in the first half, but whose to say that Samâ€™s hands or Sisi ability to rollover would come into question, as they each played great gamesâ€¦three tries scored, two thrown away, one held up. Halftime 19-0 Old Gold Old Gold wasnâ€™t done scoring though, as they were able pound several tries in early in the second half. With the new NERFU scoring system, not only must we win, but we also have to put up multiple tries for that elusive bonus point. The second half had Burlington feeling a little more recharged though, as they found their way into Old Goldâ€™s twenty-two consistently. Despite booming kicks to keep Burlington on their back foot and consistent victories in the lineouts with the help of hooker Ryan Sutton, Burlington got the ball out wide following a 5 meter scrum and punched it in outside. The next Burlington possession found Old Gold aggressively pressuring the backline of Burlington, forcing a bad pass into the hands of an anxious Jamaican, Chris Gayle, who took the ball from mid field all the way in for a score. The aggressiveness of the backline did come back to sting OG as again Burlington, off of a 5 meter scrum, took advantage of a gap inside for their fullback to score from. Old
Gold buckled down, taught youngster Craig Welton the ideal way to chase a kick and when the final whistle blew, Old Gold was the winner 38-14. Man of the Match: Masi Kongaikka Goat of the Match: Sisi Kongaikka (duly noted) B Side Man of the Match Joe â€œdonâ€™t call me Millsâ€ The Rookie B Side match was a quick contest that had not much to do with fundamental rugby or fitness. For those who got a run in, we will look to play 15â€™s consistently for an extended period of time so that you get practical playing experience and can improve your game! After the game it was party time for Old Gold!!!!