Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 16 November 2013 16:13    PDF Print Write e-mail
NYAC Edges Boston to Take 1st in Northeast
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs

The New York Athletic Club got a late penalty from flyhalf David Neville and dodged a bullet just before the final whistle to emerge 28-26 victors over the Boston Rugby Club Saturday in a clash between the last two undefeated DI clubs in the Northeast.

NYAC pack down v Boston Saturday.Boston had a chance to win the game with a penalty goal attempt from Niko Ratumaitavuki, but the flyhalf missed. That's not to say Ratumaitavuki didn't have influence over the match, as he scored 21 of his team's 26 points with a try, two conversions, and four penalty goals.

Boston got on board early after a big break from Duran Vota set up Atoa Ripley for the opening try of the game and, with Ratumaitavuki's conversion, a 7-0 lead. NYAC came back with a try from Kirk Hamilton (unconverted, which would be the story of the day for NYAC tries), but Raturmaitavuki slotted two penalties to put his side up 13-8.

Neville answered with a penalty, and then, right before halftime, NYAC got a prime scoring opportunity. With a scrum on the Boston five-meter, they tried to push over, but knocked the ball on at the line. Still, AC had enough time to keep the pressure up and wing Kyle Granby scored a try that, with Neville's conversion, put the New Yorkers up 15-13 at the break.

In the second half, Boston regained the lead when Ratumaitavuki went over from long range, but Gareth Gibbs scored for the AC to tie the game at 20-20.

In a very tense coda, Boston stepped ahead with a penalty. NYAC scored a try to go up 25-23, and then the teams traded penalties, and the lead. But at 28-26 Ratuanitavuki was unable to cap off a superb personal performance with the winning kick.

"It was a really tough match, but we had a lot of trouble with penalties at the breakdown," said NYAC coach Feddi Reinhardt. "We made some mistakes, but we also played well at times and showed we have the depth to compete in DI and also the Elite Cup."

Al McFarland led the AC charge with an excellent game in the pack, while Neil McMillan was also solid.

The pack, in fact, won the game for the AC, said Reinhardt.

"All the forwards worked really hard," he said.

With the victory, and Old Blue's bonus-point win over Middlesex, the fall portion of the Northeast DI season is over.

NYAC confirms first place with the bonus-point win. Old Blue's bonus-point win (and the fact they have played an extra game) puts them in 2nd now, while Boston drops to third.  (Turns out we had Old Blue with an extra bonus point - Old Blue and Boston are tied in points, and Boston has the tiebreaker at the moment.)

Tries: Hamilton, Granby, Gibbs, Other
Convs: Neville
Pens: Neville 2

Boston 26
Tries: Ripley, Ratumaitavuki
Convs: Ratumaitavuki 2
Pens: Ratumaitavuki 4

Northeast W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
NYAC 8 0 0 379 133 246 7 0 39
Boston 7 1 0 307 136 171 6 1 35
Old Blue 7 2 0 355 214 141 7 0 35
Wolfhounds 3 6 0 165 313 -148 3 0 15
Mystic River 2 6 1 195 277 -82 3 2 15
White Plains 1 7 1 183 250 -67 3 2 11
Middlesex 1 7 0 148 411 -263 3 0 7


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