Harvard University vs. Yale - 53-10
18 Oct 2007
In the nation’s most storied collegiate rivalry, the men from Harvard defeated Yale in emphatic fashion Saturday afternoon in front of a healthy home crowd. Following a disappointing performance against Northeastern, Harvard was looking to rebound against their rivals who had gotten the upper hand on them twice last season.
Harvard was able to gain an early advantage through the set piece. The Crimson pack pushed back the Yale scrum on several occasions, resulting in golden attacking opportunities down the blind. Immediately making an impact was winger Jonny Miller ’10 who offloaded perfectly to his captain Colin Kelly ’08 in support for the game’s first score.
Harvard also proved dangerous in broken play. The back three were stellar on the counter-attack, punishing Yale for errant kicks that did not find touch. Most notable was a brilliant individual effort from winger Greg Balliro ’08 who gathered a kick at half-field, before taking his opposite number around the outside, skirting several tackles, and dotting down under the posts.
Yale had Harvard on their heels for a good stretch in the first half, looking dangerous running hard and spinning the ball wide. Yale would probe deep into Harvard territory but untimely errors cost them try-scoring opportunities. All Yale could manage for their efforts were three points off a penalty in front of the posts, and at half time the score was heavily in Harvard’s favor, 29-3.
In the second half, Harvard did not relent. The forward pack worked tirelessly at the breakdown to spoil clean ball for the Yale scrum-half. In the end, Yale would finally break the Harvard line to score a well-worked try, but it would not matter in comparison to Harvard’s impressive scoreline, 53-10.
Next week, Yale plays Army whereas Harvard travels to meet Ivy-league rival Dartmouth.