Last Week in Rugby & Games of the Week

April 09, 2008 |

This past weekend’s match saw Baltimore-Chesapeake take on the Cincinnati Wolfhounds, a final four team from a year ago. The game started off slow as both teams had trouble putting together any kind of rhythm. BC was able to put together a couple good phases and scored in the 26th minute and converted, taking the lead into half 7-0.
The second half brought more excitement then the first. Cincinnati was able to drive off a lineout and set up quick hands for a score, which they converted to tie the score. BC came racing back and with forwards in the backline, were able to touch it down in the corner, bringing the score 12-7. A handful of mistakes cost BC dearly in the next couple of phases. A “not releasing” penalty (called when a player on the ground does not release the ball to allow opposition a fair shot at stealing it) leads to a Cincinnati penalty kick, 12-10 BC. 
On the ensuing kickoff, Cincinnati found a rhythm and was able to score a converted try to take the lead 17-12. Baltimore was able to put pressure on the Wolfhounds and forced Cincinnati to clear the ball with a kick. Baltimore’s winger was able to successfully counterattack and ran down the field for the score. BC converted and was up 19-17 with less then 10 minutes to go. 
With only a few minutes to go, Cincinnati pinned Baltimore deep in BC territory. The Brumbies were not able to find touch (kick the ball out of bounds) and the Cincinnati fullback made them pay. From 40 meters out, directly in front of the posts, the Cincinnati fullback executed a perfect drop kick, putting Cincinnati up 20-19 with one minute left. Unlike in football where the team that scores kicks off, in rugby, the team that got scored on must kick off. Kind of like the “make it, take it” rules of schoolyard basketball. 
This put Baltimore at a disadvantage as they had to kick off, steal the ball, and score to win the game. Off the kickoff, Baltimore was able to steal the ball. There was still a chance, but an unlucky knockon forced a scrum which Cincinnati was able to win. The Wolfhounds kicked the ball to touch to end the game, Baltimore lost 20-19. 
Navy’s C side won the Gorge Cup. If anyone has details on this tournament, feel free to post a recap on the comments. 
Navy’s A side beat Army in, from what I hear, was a great game. Navy won the match 19-17. Again, if you have details, feel free to comment. 
Here is a look at the upcoming rugby games in the area this week:
***Game of the week***
Baltimore-Chesapeake takes on White Plains this Saturday (4/12) at Bocek Field 1pm. The winner of this game goes on to represent the CR 4 in the National Round of 16 in Austin Texas May 17/18. Come out and support the Brumbies as they look to advance to the “Sweet 16” for the 3rd consecutive year. 
4/10 - John Carroll vs Frederick @ Mount St Mary’s. 
            Calvert Hall vs Loyola Blakefield @ Loyola Blakefield
4/12 –  John Carroll vs West Carroll @ John Carroll
            UMBC women’s team away at Lancaster
            Rocky Gorge vs South Jersey in Columbia
            Baltimore-Chesapeake vs White Plains @ Bock Field