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Match Report for

Old Gold (1st) vs. Charles River
12 November 2016

Location: Moakley Park, Boston, MA

Old Gold: 23    Charles River: 21

A 40 year old rivalry. A big crowd with many old boys ready to cheer. Beautiful, sunny, a little breezy weather and a pitch not as bad as usual at that location. And a spot in the play-offs as a reward for the winner: all the ingredients for a great game of rugby - and the teams did not disappoint: as reflected by the score, this was a close, highly contested game. It could have gone either way, and the outcome was undecided until the very last minute of the game. Charles River started scoring a try after about 6 minutes, unconverted. Old Gold came back with a try of their own, a few minutes later, also unconverted. Both teams created a lot of good, fast rugby and stay fairly disciplined. Charles River had a heavier, stronger scrum and it seems they were the dominating team, spending more than 10 minutes in Old Gold's 22, but Old Gold's fierce defense prevented at least 2 tries to be scored. Each team scored a penalty goal, and the first half ended 8-8. The second half started with Old Gold putting much more pressure on Charles River, creating a lot of space and using fancy back combinations to threaten Charles River's goal line. They scored a try, unconverted. Charles River counter attacked and score a try as well, unconverted, but a lack of focus at the ruck 3 and several penalties close to their try line earned them a yellow card. OG scored a penalty goal, and it looked like they were going to win - but Charles River, after a long series of passes, rucks, combinations, score a try with only 3 minutes to go, and took the lead (unconverted). Old Gold went all out and with only a few seconds left in the game, managed to score a corner try that won them the game, which they converted. Final score OG 23 - CH 21. Thank you to both captains for their leadership, and congrats to both team for an inspiring game of rugby.

Referee: Antoine Galou