On Saturday, Oct. 18th. @ 1pm, Saratoga’s tough win against South Shore has the team one step closer to finishing the final half of the season with victories. The team now has their sights set on the final home match of the year against Old Gold RFC.
Saratoga had centered its game plan around South Shore’s athletic style of play and their ability to spread the ball out quickly on the edges, but the team also had a very big and physical pack, making SS a very tough opponent to beat. SS scored the first points of the game, taking a penalty kick and getting 3 easy points. After that, the game became one of the most physical games the Stampede had faced all season. Brutal tackling by both teams made this an intense bout, causing South Shore a yellow card and even a red card early in the second half on a high and late tackle on Scrum Half Adam Crooks, but Saratoga was able to pull away towards the end of the match making the final score 32-20. The team also secured the bonus point, which they will certainly need as they attempt to secure the final spot in NERFU.
The team’s Man of the Match this week goes to Saratoga veteran and Flanker, James Versput. James’ relentless pressure on defense, aggressive rucking style, and ferocity in the line-outs was simply brilliant. Congrats James! B-side Man of the Match goes to player Vernon Peek, whose experience and tremendous kicking skill always kept Saratoga in the game. A top quality effort from you both!
The team will now take on Old Gold Rugby Football Club. OG is currently in 8th place in NERFU, with a 2-4 record. The match is Saratoga’s final home game for 2014, which the team has a record of 2-1 at home.
As the Stampede comes off their bye week, the team is excited and eager to take on the last leg of the fall 2014 season. The team is sitting with at promising 3-2 record, and looks to finish out the season with a 7-2 finish. Saratoga’s last 4 games feature 1 home game against Old Gold (Boston) away games against South Shore (Boston), Albany, and top team New Haven CT in week 9. Although the team is looking at the big picture, the Stampede are also solely taking one game on at a time. Saratoga is looking to make each week a sole priority, with its own set of challenges, as they fight to place themselves in a position to ensure its place among the top teams in the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU).
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Saratoga’s win over Providence provides the Stampede with momentum heading into the bye week.
Saratoga knew that Providence would certainly be a challenge as the team reached with midway point of the season. One year prior, Saratoga faced a Providence team that dominated them in the midfield, breaking tackles and handing the Stampede a one sided match that netted a heart-breaking Saratoga defeat. Saratoga was aware that Providence would be a tough bunch, and with the team struggling to gain momentum after the 8pt loss to Worcester a week prior, the team knew that a victory heading into the bye week was paramount to team morale. The team maintained its composure throughout the match, causing many line breaks and attacking Providence on the edges. Saratoga’s offensive preparation showed, as they would once again utilized its skill and athleticism to break through the Providence’s offense. The Stampede also displayed a great “bend-don’t-break” defensive structure that allowed to team to manage Providence’s aggressive and constant offensive attack giving the team only one score on the day.
The team’s Man of the Match this week goes to tight forward player, Lachlan Landels. Lachlan’s amazing ability to match physicality with any opposing player is a great asset to the club, however, it is his leadership of the tight 5 and his ability to motivate every Stampede player on the field to their true potential is what made Lachlan’s nomination so special. Every Saturday, Lachlan displays amazing skill and leadership in the trenches that allows the back line the ability to show off their amazing ball skills. B-side Man of the Match goes to upcoming player Ryan Sweet, whose amazing progression on the field has caused him to come up through the ranks and is on pace to being a Saratoga great. Congrats to you both!
The team will now take the bye week, sitting at a promising 3-2 record in the league. After that, the team will travel over to the Boston area to take on South Shore on Oct. 18th.