From “DI Clubs Around the Country”, eRugbyNews: By Alex Goff
In New England, Mystic River is in first place after their 25-19 win over Amoskeag. Boston Irish Wolfhounds and Boston RFC are also 3-0.
”We took them on in the backs to our detriment,” said Mystic’s Scot Durkin. “We turned over the ball and they ran through us for three quick tries. In the second half we keep the ball in the forwards and we fought back with 25 points to nil.
All around this was the best win I have been associated with as coach of the Mystics. We have the ability to change plans and confidently carry out a different game plan. It shows our team is starting to mature.”
MANCHESTER, NH – Following the nail-biting victory by the First XV, the Mystic B’s took the field to take on Amoskeag. Mystic forwards provided pressure from the get go, hammering into their New Hampshirian counterparts. Scrumhalf Peter Chung did a superb job of getting the ball to a hungry Mystic backline led by captain Bobby Ankenbauer, who were able to find the gaps, weaving through Amoskeag’s defenses to touch the ball down between the posts.
With the help of some A-Side starters, Amoskeag began to fight back punching through for a few tries of their own. But the Mystics rose to the challenge and never let up, taking their third win of the season 37-17.
MANCHESTER, NH – The weather was perfect, the field conditions were perfect. The Mystics performance in the first half… not so much. Amoskeag came out strong, taking advantage of a static Mystic defensive line and scoring three tries while conceding only one penalty to lead 19-3 at the half. Mystic Head Coach Scot Durkin made no great motivational speeches during the break, and instead opted to let the lads sort it out themselves.
The second half saw a complete reversal of fortunes. Trying desperately to claw their way back into the match, the Mystics constantly drove the ball down field and kept Amoskeag on their heels. Three tries from flanker Sean Burgess put the Mystics within one point and the conversion from Derrick Roma would give them a 20-19 lead. A fourth try from Dan Mayton in the final minutes of a nail-biting half would secure the win for the Mystics 25-19.
PINE BANKS – In Week 2 of the regular season, Mystic River took the field against Worcester in a match that could only be called “one-sided”. The Mystics completely dominated the Worcester scrum and the Mystic back line was able to penetrate often. Eleven tries were scored in the shutout victory, including two from veteran hooker Jim Calmas and another from Dimitri Efthimiou, his third of the season. Mystic flyhalf Derrick Roma slotted seven conversions to add to the final 69-0 win.
The Second XV were no less impressive as they took it to Worcester and allowed only one converted try for a 43-7 win.