UMBC Dominates JHU 39-12

Neil Hattrick Last Saturday, October 6, the Johns Hopkins rugby team travelled to Walker Field to take on the studs of UMBuC rugby. It was a windy, muddy day, and after losing to Hopkins in a tournament game last spring, UMBC was out for revenge. The game started out with UMBC controlling possession of the ball, keeping it on Hopkins' half of the field for the first twenty minutes.  Hopkins' defense remained stout against the waves of bruising runs delivered by forwards punches and back crashes.  Finally, set up by strong forwards runs, wing Neil Watson scored to put UMBC on the scoreboard.  UMBC picked up the momentum, finishing off the first half scoring three more tries, another by Neil Watson, and one each for Matt Parks and Tyler Tippett, leaving the score at 22-0 during halftime.

At the beginning of the second half, things started out sloppy until 8 man Mike Peuse broke free for a 60 meter try off of a scrum. A counter attack by the Johns Hopkins fullback gave them their first score of the game a few minutes later, but UMBC quickly answered with wing Joe Bieberich scoring in a dive to the corner of the try zone . Johns Hopkins added a second try late in the game, but it was in vain, as UMBC’s lead was too large.  Neil Watson finished the game with a hattrick as UMBC dominates Hopkins 39-12.

The B-side had another outstanding showing against Hopkins, led by scrumhalf Matt "Tinkerbell" Phillips.  UMBC had two great wins, although there are still many things to improve on as preparations are made to take on Towson on October 13th.

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