PENN PINS BEARS

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 26, 2010

On a cool comfortable fall day, remember it was 90 degrees in Princeton the day before, Brown took an early 3-0 lead on wing Sam Rabb’s penalty kick but then it was all Penn as the Quakers beat Brown 40-24. Brown did not do the simple things well and gave up a penalty kick and two converted first half tries to Penn for a 3-17 halftime deficit. Two missed first half penalty kicks and a poor penalty decision just before halftime by Brown could have closed the point spread by as much as nine points, but such fortune was not to be. At this juncture, Brown was very much in the match but had to make a few adjustments, match the Penn intensity and stick to its game plan.

Brown did not step up in the second half. Lack of aggressive and effective support at the breakdowns, missed tackles, poor quick penalty defense, and miscellaneous lineout, scrum, and handling errors spelled doom for the Bears. Within 4 minutes of the start of the second half Penn had scored and converted a try for a 24-3 lead.

To their credit, the Bears never gave up with three second half converted tries, adding 21 points to their total. However, by pressing so hard, Brown gave up not only another converted try but also three penalty kicks for Penn’s final 16 points.

This was a winnable match. In addition to the three tries scored, several other opportunities were squandered by the Bears. The lessons learned must be translated into better fundamentals and fewer mistakes if the team is to be successful in the weeks ahead.

The match referee was Brian Sullivan

First XV Squad
Kevin Durfee'11
Cory Freeland'13
Andrew Alvarez'11
Martin Bell'11.5
Ian Fields'12
Chaney Harrison'11
Zach Long'13
Gregory Karwaski'11
Taylor Peak'12
Zahid Jethani'13
Dow Travers'12
John Goddard'13
James McGinn'12
Sam Rabb'11
Daniel Tondreys'14

Brown Second XV Defeats Penn
The Penn squad looked bigger stronger and faster, but the Brown team made the most of its opportunities beating the Quakers 22-0. A first half classic backline move saw the ball through all of the back’s hands with center Brent Zajaczkowski’12 passing to fullback Zahid Jethani’13 for the score and a 5-0 halftime lead.

In the second half Brown added two additional tries. From a Brown penalty fly half Blair Cameron’13 passed to Zajaczkowski for his first try to give Brown 10 points. Brown then took a quick lineout which was fielded by lock Zach Long’13 who beat the Penn defense to the line. Cameron converted to win the match for Brown 17-0.

Second XV Squad
Mike Donnell'12
Chris Latham'14
Cory Freeland'13
Nate Bishop'13
Zach Long’13
Rob Bentlyewski’13
David Dean'11
Sam Plotner’14, replaced in the second half by Chaney Harrison’11
Daniel Tondreys'14
Blair Cameron'13
Peter Kentros'14
Brent Zajaczkowski'12
Aaron Isenstadt'13
Henry Bruce'12
Zahid Jethani’13, replaced in the second half by John Goddard'13