Better but Still a Ways to Go.
Posted Sunday March 25, 2018
On Saturday the Buffalo Rugby Club hosted St Bonaventure for two games at Adams Field in the Town of Tonawanda. Under sunny but cold conditions, the D2 side and Bona's A-side played to a stand still for the first 15 minutes. But then some dropped balls, errant passes and missed tackles led to Bona scoring 3 converted tries to take a 21-0 lead. BRC slowly got back into the game as they scored 2 converted tries in the closing 10 minutes of the half. Tries were scored by Mike Lang and James Stewart and converted by Kyle Johannssen to bring the score to 21-14 at the half. In the second half, BRC started strongly only to turn the ball over and watch as Bona went the length of the field for another converted try (28-14, Bona). Cory Ratka scored BRC's 3rd try that Johannssen converted and the gap was reduced to 7 points (28-21, Bona) with 20 minutes to go. However, Bona quickly showed who would win as they scored 19 unanswered points to end up winning 47-21. The D2 side knows big improvements must be made before the play-offs.
On a happier note, the D3 side played a stellar first half and scored 5 tries and 4 conversions to take a 33-0 lead into the half. Try scorers included Matt Thompson (2), Josh Carey, Peter Fantigrossi, and Warren Solomon with Solomon adding the 4 conversions. In the second half, Bona came out blazing and scored 3 quick tries, one converted, to narrow the score to 33-17. However, BRC responded with tries by Jacob Hierl and Evan Castellani and another Solomon conversion to regain a comfortable 45-17 lead. Not to be outdone, Bona pressured and notched two more tries and a conversion to close the gap (45-29, BRC). BRC had the last word as Jayson Coleman banged in for a try that Solomon converted to give BRC a 52-29 victory. The D3 side looked sharp for most of the game scoring 8 tries, 6 of which were converted by Solomon. So on the day, mixed results for BRC. With three weeks before the 1st round of play-offs, the team need to focus and work hard.