Buffalo Rugby Club's D3 Side Bows Out of the Play-offs
Posted Monday April 23, 2018
On Saturday, 21 April 2018, the BRC D3 side traveled to Danbury, CT to play the undefeated Danbury Madhatters. Danbury had beaten all comers by more than 50 points per game so the club knew it would be a battle away from home. Danbury opened the game on the front foot and scored a converted try at the 4 minute mark. BRC answered back with a penalty kick by Keith Stoerr (7-3, Danbury). Again Danbury punched the ball down field and scored their second converted try to extend their lead, 14-3. Stoerr soon notched his second PK (14-6, Danbury). Danbury continued to apply pressure and maintain possession that resulted in an eventual penalty against BRC. The successful kick gave Danbury a 17-6 lead. BRC final began to hold onto the ball and after several phases, Stoerr gathered in a bouncing ball to score under the posts. His conversion got BRC within 4 points of the lead (17-13, Danbury). However, Danbury banged in 2 tries, one converted, in the last 7 minutes of the first half for a 29-13 lead.
At half time, the message was the team needed to make their tackles and maintain ball control and good things would happen. BRC began to run through phases and Danbury commited penalties. Running a well executed penalty play inside the 22 meter line, Dave Paraino offloaded a pop pass to Chris Wells who scored the try. Stoerr's conversion left the score 29-20, Danbury but BRC seemed to have grabbed momentum. However, on the ensuing kick-off, BRC let the ball bounce and Danbury's wing grabbed the ball and score under the post. The routine conversion gave Danbury a 36-20 lead. After BRC failed to keep the ball in play on the kick-off, Danbury attacked from a scrum at mid-field and scored yet another converted try as BRC defenders fell off tackles (43-20, Danbury). With 20 minutes remaining, BRC threw all their efforts into attack and Cory Ratka scored a brilliant try that Warren Solomon converted to get BRC within sight of the lead, 43-27. Despite repeated attempts, BRC couldn't close the gap in the last 10 minutes and Danbury held on for the win. All in all a good effort by the D3 side playing versus a strong club on the road.
Danbury takes on Long Island for the EGU D3 championship, next weekend.