NEW HAVEN, CT – Week four of the 2007 Fall season found the undefeated Mystic River team traveling to Connecticut to face the 2006 NERFU D1 Champions, New Haven. Defense played a key role for both sides as they battled up and down the pitch, keeping the score at 3-0 in Old Black’s favor at the half. The second half proved to be much the same as both teams struggled to break through the opposition, until a Mystic offensive charge was able to penetrate for two unanswered Mystic tries and win number four.
Next, the Mystic Second XV’s took the field in a match that pitted together two undefeated second sides. It proved to be another grueling, tooth and nail battle, with neither side giving an inch without a fight. With only 15 minutes to play, the slight Mystic lead was broken by two unanswered tries, giving New Haven the win.
MANCHESTER, NH – Despite being down 14-10 at half time, the Mystics were able to keep the ball close and drive at the line repeatedly in the second half. Amoskeag’s defense held up well but eventually the Mystics were able to score. The Mystics finally took the lead 25-22 with six minutes left to play. Mystic winger Adnan Kawuma scored a 50 meter break away try off of a loose ball on the final play of the match to pad the final score and collect the bonus point.
Later that day, the Mystic 2nd XV also extended their own winning streak to three. Constant pressure shattered Amoskeag’s defenses, producing multiple tries for the young and blood-thirsty Mystic side. In their last three matches, the B’s have dominated their opponents outscoring them 124-15.
WORCESTER, MA – Mystic River moved to 2-0 in New England’s DI league with a 26-7 victory over Worcester. Carrick Pell scored two tries in the game and Jake Sprague and Peter Waswa added touchdowns as Mystic earned their second-straight bonus-point win.
Equally impressive was the Mystic B’s as they scored early and often, blanking Worcester to earn a second-straight win of their own.
NORWALK, CT – The Mystics traveled to Norwalk CT this past weekend with two full experienced sides to open the season with two strong wins against the CT Yankees. Both Mystic sides took control of their respective games early and kept their composure through-out. Coach Scot Durkin, while pleased with the wins, noted that we are not yet playing our best rugby and will be looking to improve Saturday’s effort this week. It’s an exciting time to be watching the Mystics!