Match Report - Yale vs Brown

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On this day, the Yale men’s rugby club faced off against Brown at their beautiful pitch in Providence Rhode Island. The game started off in the favor of the Elis, with the Yale Squad dominating field position throughout the first 10 minutes of the match. They capitalized soon after with a 40-meter penalty kick by Tom Kidd (2008).

The first try came at the 15 minute mark, when a quick tap off a penalty by scrumhalf Matt Finkelstein (2007) caught the Brown team sleeping. Finkelstein was able to hit Ryan Salinas (2009) streaking down the sideline and the Yale side found themselves on top 10-0 after an amazing conversion by Kidd from the right sideline.

Yale continued to dominate field position throughout the half. They were able to muster another try when Finkelstein went weak side off a ruck and hit Jack Mahoney (2007) for a try down the right sideline.

Yale then led 15-0. However, several cutbacks into pressure with numbers on the outside prevented the Elis from capitalizing on many good scoring opportunities.

After the half, Yale lost nearly all the momentum and chemistry that it had brought into the half. Foolish penalties and an inability to develop good phase play and continuity haunted the Yale squad who would not score again the rest of the afternoon. Brown would add one try on a rolling maul off a lineout at the 60 minute mark and another when post defense broke down at the 70-minute mark.

After poor defense and uninspired play for most of the half, the Yale club picked up the tempo for the last 10 minutes, forcing the action again and spending the time in Brown’s end of the field. They would hold on and win the game 15-10.

The Yale B-side would play much better in their three 30 minute halves. In the first two of these halves, the action was tight, with Brown leading 27-12. However, the B side during this time showed more signs of the remarkable improvement that has, to this point, characterized their season. The back lines were steep and crisp with runners hitting holes, and the forwards more than held their own in lineouts and scrums.

The third half was all Yale, with the Elis outscoring Brown 17-0, and eventually leading in the overall tally 29-17. Playing especially well were Chris Hathaway (2007), Patrick Madden (2010), and Andrew Detty (2010), who all ran extremely well and registered tries on the day.

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