Road Dogs Move to 2-1
Rugby United New York tasted their first conference win of the season on Sunday, beating Rugby ATL 22-19. After a slow start to the match, the Rooster attack scored 19 unanswered points before halftime. A Cathal Marsh penalty in the 74th minute proved to be vital in sealing the win.
RATL’s Zander van Schalkwyk opened up the scoring in the first fifteen minutes of the match. Seemingly every time a ball is kicked Ben Foden’s way this season, it takes an absurd bounce (s) and somehow the other team ends up scoring. Goalpostgate in Las Vegas Week 1 still hurts my brain. Try-Star got his revenge though, scoring a try of his own just a few minutes later. Marsh proved he was human by missing his first kick of the season in the conversion attempt.
Minutes later, RUNY had a line out deep in Atlanta’s end of the field. After securing the line out, the forwards repeatedly attacked the line. Flanker James Denise worked his way over from a few feet away. He scored seven tries last season, and continues to turn back the clock. The vet loves scoring tries. Marsh connected on the conversion and it was 12-7 after just about 25 minutes.
RUNY managed to find the try zone one last time before half time- and it was a wild one. The Roosters were attacking just inside the Atlanta half. Hooker Dylan Fawsitt, wing Mark O’Keeffe, and center Troy Lockyear were stationed on the weak side. A Marcus Walsh pass from the base of a ruck found Fawsitt, and after identifying space in the Atlanta backfield, the Butcher sent a chip kick over the line. After some time in the air, and a perfect bounce, the ball was in O’Keeffe’s hands. After some work breaking a tackle, he was over for the third RUNY try. The road dogs went into the locker room leading 19-7 after a successful Marsh conversion.
The second half was primarily a defensive battle. There were periods of time where the kicking abilities on both sides were displayed. Some volleys went on for minutes. Atlanta managed to score a try in the 50th minute, the second row Momsen barreling over the line. The conversion was successful and it was 19-14 Roosters with roughly half an hour to play.
The defensive battle ensued for another 20 minutes. RUNY opted to kick for posts after being rewarded a penalty. Marsh sunk the three pointer in the 74th minute to bring the lead up to eight. It turned out to be the deciding factor in the victory. If not for that kick, the Van Schalkwyk brothers could have pulled off a Winklevoss-esque robbery in the dying minutes of the game. The little VS brother found the big VS brother for a try on the last play of the game.
15. Foden 14. O’Keeffe 13. Lockyear 12. Mattina 11. Wallace-Sims 10. Marsh 9. Walsh ; 1. Rochford 2. Fawsitt (c) 3. Ryan 4. Hewitt 5. Brakeley 6. Sumsion 7. Denise 8. Bastareaud ; 16. Brown 17. Parry 18. Hamilton 19. Irimescu 20. Germishuys 21. Petri 22. Bennett 23. Pradere
- min 47: Pradere for Lockyear
- min 50: Germishuys for Denise
- min 54: Bennett for O’Keeffe
- min 62: Hamilton for Ryan
- min 62: Petri for Walsh
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