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Match Report for

Bryant University (1st) vs. University of Massachusetts - Lowell (1st)
17 September 2016

Location: Bryant University

Bryant University: 19    University of Massachusetts - Lowell: 51

A beautiful early fall morning. Pitch in great condition, but a little bit narrow.

A well played, hard but clean game, enjoyable for players and the fans. UMass Lowell came out fast, and played every facet of the game at pace for 80 minutes, and it proved to be too much for Bryant in their first outing of the season.

Lowell put pressure on early, and blocked a Bryant clearing kick on their goal line and fell on it for the opening score after just 5 minutes. three more first half tries at 11, 22 and 39 minutes against one try for Bryant at 27 minutes. Half-time score 22-7

Second half brought more open running, and with a yellow card against Bryant for repeated infringements (3 times not back 10 at penalties) the UMass team took advantage to score 5 more tries to Bryant's 2. Final score UMass 9 tries and 3 conversions 51 to Bryant 3 tries and 2 conversions 19.

Both sides committed very few players to the breakdown, resulting in very few rucks, and tried to spin the ball whenever possible. Lowell #9 had several very effective box kicks to acres of open space that led to a couple of tries, and Lowell #13 had several excellent line breaks to score a couple of long tries.

Overall a most enjoyable morning of rugby.

Referee: Philip Griffiths