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Match Report for

Boston University (1st) vs. University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth (1st)
22 October 2016

Location: BU Nickerson Stadium

Boston University: 34    University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth: 10

On a frigid, windy evening in Boston, BU defeated UMass Dartmouth by 6 tries (2 conv.) to 2. UMass' 2 tries came in the second half of a game that was generally dominated by a well-organized BU squad. Both teams had really fast athletes in their back line and that made for some spectacular tries or try opportunities. UMass was more penalized, especially on high tackles or offside at the ruck, or for not coming through the gate, while BU had a few instances of side-entry at the ruck. The main issues for UMass was that while many backs could run very fast and go through 1 or 2 tackles, they would find themselves isolated from the support, a situation that would often lead to a turnover, and from a defensive standpoint they missed a significant number of tackles. Not a pleasant night weather-wise, but a pleasant game for sure, for which both teams must be commanded.

Referee: Antoine Galou