In a rivalry all too familiar to the city of Cincinnati, even the rugby clubs of Xavier and the University of Cincinnati find time to go to battle. In the first scrimmage of the year for both UC and Xavier, the Bearcats came out on top with a final score of 62-12.
The match began with Cincinnati taking the ball down the pitch and scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of play. Conversions were made by scrumhalf Dan Ampthor and flyhalf Jimmy Forde. The Bearcats continued to dominate possession, territory and scoring for most of the first half.
Xavier was able to take advantage of some Cincinnati penalties and score their only two tries of the match late in the first half. The Musketeers’ first conversion attempt sailed wide right, while the other made it through the posts. Play continued in Xavier’s end for most of the first half as Cincinnati pounded the ball through the gain line. Halftime score was 36-12 in Cincinnati’s favor.
Cincinnati’s fitness and depth became evident in the second half with the Bearcats adding another four tries. UC again dominated possession, territory and scoring for most of the second half. Xavier continued to fight with many of their runs for positive yardage coming from outside center Danny Heisterkamp. Cincinnati would go on to do the remainder of the scoring on the afternoon.
Both teams were able to test the fitness of returning players and the skills of the new freshmen and transfers. With victory on the mind of the Bearcats the entire afternoon, 11 different players recorded points for UC, including 2012 All-MAC First Team Prop Adam Herron.
“Every game is tough. It’s a tough sport, but there is no better feeling than coming out here and beating your rivals,” said Herron. “Now it’s time to focus on Vanderbilt.”
Next up for Cincinnati are the Commodores on August 31 at Brimelow Fields in Fairfield, Ohio.
“We accomplished exactly what we wanted to do today. Every player got playing time and we were able to watch some new guys and veterans in new positions,” UC Head Coach Mark Heidrich said.