Under the lights is traditionally when UR rugby comes out to play. Friday night October 30, 2010 was no exception. From the first whistle, UR pack took the game to W&L & threatened to finish the game in the third minute when 8-man Ricky Lottenbach crashed over for the first try of his well-deserved hatrick.
Starter fly-half, Josh (Ned) Flanders had to pull out in the warm-up with a strained quad, so senior Chad Crigger took he starting place with aplomb & started tearing the W&L backline apart with deft passing & an intelligent kicking game. W&L replied with a well worked try in the 8th minute but then the UR pack took hold. A push-over try scored by scrum-half John Ramirez saw the half-time score as 14 to 7.
The second half started with 2 injury-induced changes in the pack meaning that freshman Conner Boillat & Senior Damian Gibbs took the field. Straight away W&L had trouble dealing with the fresh legs. Further scores from Lottenbach (2), Sam Perkins, Rory Quinlan & Crigger who used his well-paid for bulk to force himself over the line, meant that UR were never really threatened. Although sterling defensive work from the back 3 of Pete Saulitis, Andy Krause & Jerone Schillings made sure the very talented W&L backline never got a sniff of the tryline. The score at no-side was 36-7.
So, onto the state championship next weekend. UR go into the play as the umber 2 seed. We shall see.
A game completely dominated by a referee determined to stop everyone playing rugby UR ran out deserved winners 36-24 over Hampton Sydney at the IM fields on Sunday 10/24. The end score, however, does not tell the story of the game. The UR backline dominated their opponents as did the forwards in the lineout. Scrums were a problem area with the ref not picking up the deliberate wheel HS employed, but good quick ball from set play meant John Ramirez & Josh Flanders had free-rein to let the powerful UR backline run. Trys were scored by Flanders, Ricky Lottenbach, Jeroen Schillings, & a hat trick by Andy Krause that high-lighted the player’s speed, power & intelligent support-play. With the game won at 36-10 UR let up their defenses late on & let in two late trys to make the score look respectable.
The ever-improving scorpions had a winning return with a debut score from Ben Ginger & fine performances from J-Rod, Charlie Boles & new-comers Andrew Gilmartin, Tom Robinson & Brennon Lincoln….. although Gilmartin will have to work on his fitness in the coming weeks.
UR have now confirmed their place in the State championships on Nov 6 & 7 but will cement a 2nd seed if they beat Washington & Lee on Friday night, again on the IM fields, kick-off 8pm. See you all there.
A scrappy game that UR ended up winning 29-0. Two tries from Rick Lottenbach & one each from Blodgett, Dutch & Andy Krause who keeps up his record of scoring in every game of the season…something that’s never been done before.
A week off this week to heal some bruises & then Longwood on the 16th.
So, kicked off campus in case the precious football supporters wanted to park on our field, we hi-tailed it out to 7 pines to find it hadn’t seen a drop of water in 3 months so the surface was like a car park in the middle of the desert. Still, senior prop & most handsome man on the team Matt Briand crashed over for the opening try on 5 minutes. From there, a defensive battle commenced until Peter Saulitis wove his magic & beat almost the entire team to score in the corner. W&M fought back & took the lead after some nice back play & going into the last-minute UR were down 3 points. Saulitis again broke the line & seeing Andy Krause free launched an overhead pass so that Krause could out-pace the covering defence to score under the posts. Final score UR 19 – W&M 15.
Roanoke Collage next week away. We’re baaaaaack!
15-15 draw against a “supprisingly strong” Mary Washington C XV. Dominated in the tight & should havbe been 15 – 0 up after 15 minutes. Trys from Alex Vas, Andy Krause on debut & John Ramerez. The team looked good & we have more freshmen to come in this season. A strong debut from Andy Krause & Conor Boillat bodes well for the future, but if that was their C team I’ve got a bridge I want to sell you. Hopefully we ‘ll get another crack at them at the State Championships. The only sour note was a shoulder ingury to second row Rudy Pett who had a great run to set up Krause’s try in the first half.