Brown First XV v. Yale First XV
Saturday, November 4, 2016
New Haven, Connecticut
Brown scored in the first two minutes of the match and cruised to a 38-12 victory in New Haven on Saturday. Yale came out with nothing to lose and played very physically at the outset with aggressive tackling and challenging scrum and lineout work. On this picture perfect fall day, the somewhat undersized but solid Brown front five took the Yale pressure and adjusted to it. Front row of Kerim Seraoglu, John Landers, and Henry Richardson along with locks Graham Rotenberg and Fran Rosenberg did the ball winning throughout the match, providing space and time for the backs and back row to execute from behind with some skillful and entertaining scores.
Brown now has solid possession of second place in the Ivy Conference with its final Ivy match on November 19 at Princeton.
Yale was determined to shut down the center of the field but #10 Alex Ogilvy saw space outside and got the ball to right wing Nick who beat his opposite to the corner and ran 50 meters, off-loading to supporting scrum half Joe Paolino for the first try of the match. Paolino also scored the first try of our previous match against Cornell. Center Pete McHugh converted and Brown led 7-0.
Brown followed up this early try with two forward scores both from deep in the Yale end. A Rotenberg run off a ruck set up #8 Jae Kim for one try at 11 minutes and a Brown lineout 16 minutes later put Nzimande Nkanyiso (“Nzim”) through with hooker John Landers getting the score. This entertaining try was observed by Brown Rugby alum John Flanders'79 who was impressed by the play of his almost “namesake”.
Brown gave up a converted try for a 17-7 halftime score. This just-before-halftime-let-down, handed Yale a momentum shift. Further Brown received a yellow card in the first 5 minutes of the second half, forcing the Bears to play a man down for 10 minutes.
Yale, however, was unable to take advantage of the man advantage with Brown providing excellent tactical kicking relief from fullback Mike Ball and Ogilvy. At full strength at the 60 minute mark, the Brown backs executed a picture perfect move. From a scrum, wing Alan Swierczynski came into the line, holding the defense and putting Ball through a gap who made the final pass to Hoynes for the score. McHugh converted and the Bears were comfortably ahead 24-7.
Brown continued to execute to the end. At 73 minutes, Hoynes made a nice break passing to Landers and Paolino. Where Paolino and Nzim had put Landers across the line in the first half, this time Paolino and Landers set up Nzim for the score with McHugh converting. McHugh was in the right spot at 78 minutes taking the ball from a series of forward setups, scoring and converting to go up 38-7. Four conversions and a try gave McHugh 13 points for the match. In injury time, Yale did score to end the match.
This was an impressive team victory with everyone contributing. With centers Connor McDermott and Trevor Anesi both out with injuries, Mike Manning and Swierzynski played solid games with the backline perhaps executing its best match of the season. The current squad depth and team commitment have certainly contributed to the team’s success to date.
Referee: Nick Prescott
1. Kerim Saraoglu'20
2. John Landers’17
3. Henry Richardson '17
4. Graham Rotenberg’17
5. Francis Rosenberg’18
6. Luke Hayhoe’18
7. Nkanyiso Nzimande’20
8. Jae Kim’20
9. Joe Paolino’17
10. Alexander Ogilvy’20
11. Alan Swierczynski’18
12. Michael Manning’17Peter McHugh’17
13. Peter McHugh’17
14. Nick Hoynes'18
15. Mike Ball ‘18
Reserves: Vivek Pandit’20, Dakota Fenn ’19, Scott Brown’18, Thomas Kim’18, Federico Torti’18.
Brown Second XV v. Yale Second XV
With both teams short on healthy players, the decision was made to play 7's. The teams played three 10 minute periods. With a bit more experience and skill than Yale, the Bears were able to win the first period 10-7, the second 12-0 and the third 28-7, for a 50-14 final score.
Fly half Federico Torti scored two tries and scrum half Thomas Kim scored 2 tries and converted 5 tries to lead the scoring with 30 points, Oliver Herman, Scott Brown, Vivek Pandit and Denalo Jiminez each scored one try. All of the players on the Brown Squad were able to get some playing time.
The match was wide open, entertaining for those on the sideline, and a good chance for some of these players to score their first match tries.
- Thomas Kim’18 6. Richard Gleblocki’20 11. Danilo Jiminez’19
- Federico Torti’17 7. Oliver Herman’19
- Dakota Fenn’19 8. Kevin Lin’20
- Scott Brown’18 9. Vivek Pandit’20
- Liam Campbell’17 10. Kevin Lin’20