Match Recaps: Troop vs Jersey Shore, Exiles vs Northern Virginia
It was a tough weekend for Schuylkill River Rugby to come out of the bye and lose two matches. With Friends and Family coming up this weekend the guys look focused to get back on track.
In Troop’s match against Jersey Shore the final score was 29-20 with tries from Dave Hockenberry, Lake Paul, and Justin Brown, all of whom scored their first ever tries for Schuylkill Rugby, along with a penalty and a conversion from Ryan Tower. Jeff Hall was named Man of the Match for his performance in the second row which included 6 turnovers won in the breakdown and other strong performers included Lake Paul, Tom Stenberg, Dave Hilley, and Justin Brown.
Following the match, Coach Pierce stressed the importance of committing to the tackle for the full 80 minutes and being willing to put our bodies on the line for our teammates. Offensively, we need to value possession of the ball more and run a cohesive attack. The players were tasked with running attack lines that fit our scheme.
In the Exile’s match against NOVA the score was 64-20 with tries from Jabari Johnson, Matt Henderson, Ricky Schneider, and Matt Chiaramonte. Geoff Matthes was named Man of the Match and Coach also singled our Matt Tyris, Joe Midwig, and Dan Deal for their performances.
After the match, Coach Burch stated that "the backline of NOVA put us under pressure for the full 80. We played well in spurts but understand that our inconsistency directly relates to the score line. One positive on the day was our fight to acquire a crucial bonus point.
Troop and the Exiles return to action on October 27 with a doubleheader at Pennypack on Friends and Family Day.
Season Scoring Totals:
Tries: Jabari Johnson (3), John Hines Jr. (2), Dave Hilley (2) Michael Bacon (1), Justin Brown (1), James Brunson (1) Cody Bukowski (1), Ed Carter (1), Dave Hockenberry (1), Matt Hughes (1), Ross McMonigle (1), Lake Paul (1), Tom Stenberg (1)
Cons: Ryan Tower (9)
Pens: Ryan Tower (4)
Tries: Sean Barnes (4), Randy Helsman (3), Brian Keown (3), Matt Henderson (2), Joe Midwig (2), Dan Deal (2), Pat Boyle (1), Matt Chiaramonte (1), Jeff Hall (1), Dante Jacquet (1) Jabari Johnson (1), Ricky Schneider (1), Brad Volm (1)
Cons: Keown (12)
Pens: Keown (5)