The Boston Rugby Club stayed undefeated after beating Old Blue last week, and the players are deservedly basking in the warm glow of that victory.
But they still have a bunch of games to play this fall, including an all-important clash with NYAC in mid-November.
"Everyone was feeling pretty delighted afterwards," scrumhalf and captain Sean Treacy said of Boston's 37-20 victory over Old Blue. "But looking back on it, the scoreline flattered us a little bit. It was close until about 20 minutes to play and then we got a couple of tries maybe against the break of play - two 50- to 60-meter tries that killed off the game for them."
Still, said Treacy, the team's hard-nosed defense won the day, and they will be pleased with that.
"They had the majority of the ball for the first 20 minutes, and we defended really well," Treacy explained. "When we found we were ten points up with only 30 percent of the possession, psychologically that was huge. Our confidence was up and we felt we could beat them."
During the game Boston made some breaks that they failed to convert, but as the contest wore on they scored on similar chances.
"Everybody knew we had the ability to finish those off," said Treacy. "And knowing that is huge for us. Now it's all about refocusing."
Boston takes on Mystic River, a team that has played competitively despite their 1-2 record. Treacy said there can't be a let-down.
"I think Mystic were unlucky against Old Blue," he said. "We have a lot of games to play and you'd be foolish to look past any Saturday. The team that's going to go through to the playoffs will be the one that's consistent all the way through."
Boston's remaining fall schedule looks fairly straightforward, and if they play to their potential, they should be 7-0 when they take on NYAC November 16. NYAC could be 7-0 also, or maybe 6-1 if they falter against Old Blue November 2.
Regardless, that will be a big match, and will end the fall play. In the spring, Boston will have to face NYAC in March, and Old Blue again to close out the season.