Brown First XV v. Cornell First XV
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Brown Men, buoyed by a strong contingent of Parents and Brown Rugby alumni on this “Parents Weekend” took a first half lead it never relinquished and ground out a solid victory against Cornell.
The “Big Red” had defeated Brown soundly last spring in the Ivy Conference Playoffs and coach Laflamme was wary of Cornell especially given the field conditions on the day.
Torrential rain fell early in the day and didn’t subside until the match was underway. The weather then gave way to a strong westerly breeze which Brown had in the first half. The soft field conditions would seem to favor the size and strength of Cornell.
As the first half unfolded, however, Brown kept driving into the Cornell end only to lose possession due to inopportune penalties or handling errors. After three such drives, mixing back and forward attacks, the forwards were camped at the Cornell line, allowing nimble scrum half Joe Paolino’17 to see a gap off a ruck and dive over with the first try of the match, converted by center Pete McHugh’17.
Brown kept play in the Cornell end and 8 minutes later flanker Nkanyiso Nzimande’20 (just call him Nzim), caught the Cornell scrum half, stripping the ball at the goal line and scoring a try. McHugh missed the conversion but scored on a penalty kick 10 minutes later to give Brown a 15 point lead. But the comfort was ill advised as Brown gave up a long Cornell run, resulting in a try, ending the half with a Brown advantage but a nervous one.
With the wind behind them and the team energized, Cornell took the second half kickoff and drove the length of the field, notching a try at 46 minutes to reduce Brown’s advantage to 5 points. Brown was clearly on the back foot, struggling and also playing with a man down due to a yellow card issued by the referee.
With 15 minutes remaining in the match and Cornell attacking inside the Brown 22 meter line, a Cornell player dropped the ball which was alertly kicked ahead by fullback Mike Ball’19. Retrieved by wing Nick Hoynes’18 near mid-field, he passed to McHugh for 20 meters, who passed to Paolino and then back to McHugh. Brown won the ensuing ruck with passes from Paolino to Ball to fly half Alex Ogilvy’20 to Hoynes, who sidestepped two defenders to score, giving Brown a 10 point advantage. Five players handled the ball, some twice, for one of Brown’s finest tries of the season.
Cornell consumed 8 minutes to score again, but the effort had tired the “Big Red”. The remaining 7 minutes of the match were in the Cornell end. At a goal line ruck, hooker John Landers’17 took a pass, relentlessly driving several forwards back 4 yards to score at full time with McHugh converting.
Referee: Tom Zanarini
1. Kerim Saraoglu'20
2. John Landers’17
3. Henry Richardson '17
4. Graham Rotenberg’17
5. Francis Rosenberg’18
6. Nzimande Nkanyiso’20, replaced at 72 minutes by Matt Jenkins’18
7. Luke Hayhoe’18
8. Jae Kim’20
9. Joe Paolino’17
10. Alexander Ogilvy’20
11. Alan Swierczynski’18, replaced at 53 minutes by Placid Unegbu’17
12. Peter McHugh’17
13. Connor McDermott’18
14. Nick Hoynes'18
15. Mike Ball ‘18
Reserves: Michael Manning’17, Dakota Fenn ’19, Matt Jenkins’18, Thomas Kim’18, Federico Torti’18, Placid Unegbu’17
Brown Second XV v. Cornell Second XV
With several players back from injury and a good crowd to cheer on the Bears, the Second XV dominated the match, scoring at will in the first half. Although Oliver Herman’s alert interception of an errant Cornell pass gave the Brown backs the first try of the match, the rest of the scoring was by the forwards with the exception of the two conversions.
The second half was evenly matched and was an open and enjoyable contest for both sides.
Referee: Tom Zanarini
1. Paul Wallace’ GS
2. Michael Manning’17
3. Matt Dowling‘19
4. Quinn Larkin’18,
5. Scott Brown’18
6. Dakota Fenn’18
7. Alex Berman’19, replaced by Alex Hester’18
8. Matt Jenkins’18
9. Thomas Kim’18
10. Federico Torti’18
11. Placid Unegbu’17, replaced by Mitch Yeary’19
12. Zach Fredman’18, replaced by Danelo Jiminez’19
13. Vivek Pandit’20
14. Oliver Herman’19, replaced by Kevin Lin’20
15. Liam Campbell’17