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Match Report for

Albany Knickerbockers (1st) vs. (1st)
29 April 2017

Location: Dick Green Field, Albany NY

Albany Knickerbockers: 34    : 41

A warm, overcast day with a stiff breeze allowed great conditions for a game of expansive rugby. White Plains traveled over two hours to get to Albany, but showed no signs of jet lag as both teams game out guns blazing at the first whistle. Indeed, the visitors drew first blood, crossing the whitewash in the opening minutes. However, Albany were strong in their retaliation, and finished the half 22-19 to the good. The first 40 minutes saw a lot of forward play from both teams; it was rare that the outside centre or the wings even had a sniff of progressive involvement.

The second half started with more 8 Vs 8 attrition, but errors started to creep into the Albany rucking game; a number of penalties were given for not releasing after the tackle as White Plains were fast to the breakdown. This prompted Albany to start to use their three-quarters and five-eighths to better effect, and only good defence and a few errors prevented Albany from expanding their lead. The 2nd 40mins belonged to White Plains, showing great spirit and outscoring the home side four tries to two, even though I felt that Albany had more possession and territory overall. With White Plains leading 34-36, Albany were looking to finish strong in the final minutes, but a breakaway try from the visitors seemed to knock the wind out of The Knicks, and the game would finish 34-41.

It should also be noted that there were no signs of any foul play, no chippiness between the teams, and except for one penalty for a sloppy high tackle, all other whistles were for technical infringements.

Referee: Pete Annely