Boston RFC blew up the second half of their match with Old Blue to beat their New York rivals 37-20 Saturday in Northeast DI club league play.
Coupled with NYAC's 65-8 demolition of Middlesex, the top three teams are all bunched together now.
Boston and Old Blue battled in a close first half, and despite a strong wind at their backs, Boston led only 13-10 at halftime.
"Our backs are really good and like to attack from anywhere," said Boston Head Coach Mike Diamantopoulos. "But I don't think we used the wind as well as we could have. We ran when we shouldn't have."
But if Old Blue hoped to get the wind advantage in the second half, they were sorely disappointed as the breeze died with the end of the first half.
With a solid platform from their forwards, and Old Blue flyhalf Adam Siddall not able to use the wind with his kicking as he'd hoped, Boston galloped ahead in the second half, scoring four tries to pull away 37-20.
"I was really pleased with our forwards," said Diamantopoulos. "Our scrum held up well and we were able to get a lot of possession for our backs, and they are really fast."
No. 8 Tim Barford wasn't bad, either, eating up yardage from the back of the scrum, and Atoa Ripley, Colin Yip, and flyhalf Niko Raturmaitavuki all had strong games for Boston.
Meanwhile, NYAC kept pace and moved to 3-0 with a 65-8 defeat of Middlesex.
Scrumhalf Mike Petri praised the work of lesser-known players asked to step forward, such as loose forwards Marvin Jean-Baptiste, Jr., and Darren King.
"We knew going into this new DI schedule that we would need players to fill in, and we wouldn't always have everyone," said Petri. "And the guys have made the commitment and it's been great to see them play well."
It helps, said Petri, to have players who have experience and flexibility. Key among those is Justin Hundley, who can play virtually anywhere in the backline and play well.
"He's been great for us," said Petri. "And we know when we start missing guys for the ARC and, hopefully, the November Eagles games, it will only get tougher."
Lower down the Northeast standings, the Boston Irish Wolfhounds came back late to beat White Plains 22-17 to notch their first victory of the season.
"We felt we should have been up ten or 15 points at halftime, but we made some mistakes in their 22," said BIW Head Coach Fergal Hehir. "But it's good to finally get a win. We felt we competed well against Boston last week and we're getting the system down a little bit better. We're working together more."