Dartmouth looked astounding in their USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship quarterfinal match Sunday at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa., taking apart a very good Wisconsin team 35-5.
Dartmouth started off in the Badger end, but couldn’t quite get it together and struggled to break through for the try early. However, after losing the ball, their defense turned the tide and Will Mueller scampered in to score.
Right after that the Big Green won the restart and put away Madison Hughes for another try. Dartmouth dominated possession and territory, as is their wont. Kevin Clark’s try at the end of the first half
“We’ve been having trouble with support the last two games; we kind of buckled down the end of the first half and beginning of the second half, supporting our breakaway runners,” said Dartmouth prop Nate Brakeley. “We know that against the teams like Cal and Life we can’t depend on just a one-off breakaway to get it done. We’re happy we’re doing better with that.”
Derek Fish and Hughes both collected tries in the second half, with Fish converting all five to make it 35-0. Wisconsin’s Ryan McGlynn scored at the death to end a tough game on a positive note.
For Dartmouth, all the talk about them missing the co MVPs of last year, Nick and Chris Downer, overshadowed the fact that their team is very strong still.
“Last year, the Downers were in superstar mode,” said Brakeley. “This year everyone has more on his conscience that we have to support each other and play better rugby. Everyone is doing a much better job supporting the line breaks.”
Tries: Mueller, Hughes 2, Clark, Fish
Convs: Fish 5