Match Report - 2007 Ivies Finals

Harvard and Dartmouth setting a scrum at the 2007 Ivies final at Brown University
Harvard and Dartmouth setting a scrum at the 2007 Ivies final at Brown University

The 2007 Ivies where held this year at Brown University and the final was played in terrible conditions, with the field heavy underfoot and a constant down pour of driving rain.

With the kick off and a early Harvard penalty they soon became overmatched by the Dartmouth forward pack, being dominated both by field position and possession the Harvard team where rattled .This lead to scoring around the ruck and then creating gaps wider through the forward packs hard work and go forward. It was looking to be a long day for the Harvard team going down 17-3 early.

Shortly after Dartmouth scoring and the kick off a great individual run from the Harvard fly half lead to him scoring a try.

From there was a slight shift in momentum, the Harvard pack was on the come back. They would battle hard with the Dartmouth 8 well for the remainder of the game.

With the forward packs regained intensity Harvard again scored through a well taken back line move to have there outside centre scoring next to the posts. This would level up the teams going into half time 17-17.

Points where then traded in the second half with a try to each team and then a Harvard penalty to put them in the lead 25-22, but not to be outdone Dartmouth would level the score 25-25 late to put the game into overtime.

The first extra 5 minutes the teams would trade field position, boot would dominate with both teams playing for field position and the fear of making the critical mistake in their own half. Scores would remain 25-25 and lead into the second 5 min half of over time.

The second half would be a carbon copy of the first, but the difference would come with 2 minutes remaining and a kickable penalty being awarded to the Harvard team. The Harvard 8 man would not disappoint and put the kick down the middle of the posts to give the 2007 Ivies championship to the Harvard University.

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