Dartmouth defeated European visitor Universite de Toulouse in a close (20-17) match this week, the DRFC’s third in five days. Despite the language barrier (a Frenchman refereed), the Dartmouth side ended the first half with 20 unanswered points.
Toulouse fought back hard in the second half, notching 17 points of its own before the final whistle. Dartmouth Co-Captain Paul Jarvis commented that his team needs “to continue to improve on our set pieces and our breakdown skills. Toulouse was able to impose their style of play on us in the second half, but overall the match was a great test for a very young team, and highlighted areas for improvement and skills that need to continue to be developed.”
For his part, the French coach was very complimentary of the American side, albeit in French, calling the DRFC “athletic, and very tough.”
Dartmouth has two more scheduled matches this Spring, both against Boston-area men’s clubs: historic rivals Mystic River, and the Boston Irish Wolfhounds.