Rugby: Dartmouth 20, Toulouse 17

April 17, 2010

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.

Rugby: Dartmouth 38, UVM 5

April 8, 2010

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club opened its Spring season with a 38-5 trouncing of the University of Vermont on Memorial Field, in Hanover. 

The match saw the A-side debuts of Rafe Whalen and Henry Hawkins, freshmen prop and flanker, respectively. An early lead allowed the DRFC to comfortably provide other less-experienced with playing time, and Dartmouth’s reserve talent managed to notch a try and a conversion kick for extra points against a physical UVM side.

UVM Head Coach Charlie Bates said of the match, “It’s always tough to compete with other teams on the national stage, coming out of New England as we both do,” meaning the rain and muck which usually characterize Spring rugby in the Northeast.

Dartmouth will next face the University of Delaware and Rutgers University in back-to-back matches this weekend. The first, at Delaware, kicks off at 1:00 PM on Saturday.


Rugby: Dartmouth 53, Yale 6

October 26, 2009

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club continued its winning ways this past Saturday with a decisive win over Yale University at home and in ideal conditions: hours of rain swamped the pitch and half-drowned players, who gamely fought on for two full, muddy, miserable periods. The Dartmouth victory garnered that club yet another Ivy League title, its tenth in 13 years, and a bid to the Northeast Rugby Football Union playoffs.

Dartmouth All-American Paul Jarvis ’12 credited coaching for the team’s tremendous season: “Much of the credit for our success this season goes to our coach Alex Magleby ’00, who has instilled a winning culture in the team and continues to help us develop.” Though difficult for kickers and passing backs, wet conditions proved ideal for Dartmouth’s big forwards. From the official match report:

“‘In adverse weather conditions our forwards were able to dominate,’ said Dartmouth co-captain Mike DiBenedetto. Dartmouth was able to push the Yale scrum around at will and beat the Yale forwards to the contact point, turning over the ball a number of times.”

And Yale, for its part, managed to lose by a score of only 52 – 6, a sight better than its previous 62 – 8 loss to Dartmouth. Yale was able to avoid being shut out by hitting two penalty kicks in the early part of the match.

The DRFC hopes to build on its successful season with similar showings in the Northeast championships, where it will appear as the #1 Ivy seed and #2 seed overall, and compete for a Nationals bid.