Rugby: Dartmouth 25, Delaware 19

April 16, 2010

In one of its closest matches in recent memory, The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club bested the University of Delaware by a score of 25 – 19, affording Dartmouth’s new regime the chance to prove itself against a fast, physical Delaware side.

The match was the first of the Spring season for new officers and starters, having transitioned into leadership slots as this year’s graduating seniors took a back seat. New talent like Will Lehmann ’12, co-captain Paul Jarvis ’12, and Tommy Brothers ’11 took advantage of their time to shine, working in tandem to notch a late-game try and converting the earned kick for points.

“I think we made it too easy for Dartmouth’s defense,” said Delaware coach Bjorn Haglid, making reference to the quick turnover opportunities taken advantage of by Dartmouth during the game.  “However, support play is what really defined Dartmouth’s success out there; in many cases, it had our guys looking for the second-phase offload more than the initial tackle, which made them a very difficult side to defend against.”

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.