Match Report – Yale (10/10/15)
Hanover, NH – This homecoming weekend, the Dartmouth Rugby Club welcomed Yale to participate in their second game of the Ivy season. The game drew a large crowd to the immaculate Brophy Field and the surrounding landscape boasted a beautiful array of fall foliage colors. The Big Green came out firing and played champagne rugby throughout the course of the game and won by a margin of 49 to 5.
When asked to comment on the victory, Coach Hickie remarked, “We are satisfied with our victory over an ever-improving Yale side. We had the ball for longer periods then in our other games this season and we were pretty accurate in our execution.”
The Big Green kicked off the scoring early with two tries in the first seven minutes from John Abraham ’16 and Co-Captain Erik Warnquist ’16. Abraham scored in his typical fashion, burning his outside man with sheer pace, while Warnquist scored after barreling through the Yale defense taking on multiple men in his stride. Soon enough, Andrew Zhu ’16 added to the tally in his first 1st XV start after multiple linked passes through the backs locked the defense and created space on the outside. The following try came from Steven Hinshaw ’18 after Curtis Oberg ’16 created space for him to run the ball under the posts untouched. The rest of the game saw the Big Green continue to add points up against the opposition with Chris Nkoy ’18 collecting his first 1st XV try after coming on late in the game for Zhu. Yale managed to squeeze in one try after catching the Big Green off guard late in the second half, but were unable to add to anything after that.
Coach Hickie continued, “We have two wins from two games and we want to continue building momentum. We have a very tricky away game to Brown next week. We take nothing for granted and we are fully aware that each Ivy victory must be earned.”
The Big Green travels to Brown next weekend (Saturday 17th October) looking to continue their unbeaten Ivy run. The game will kick-off at 1pm at 401 Elmgrove Avenue in Providence with a 2nd XV game to follow.