After seven long years without a win over Boston, the Mystics made an emphatic statement on Saturday with a 58-13 walloping of their long-time rivals. It was especially sweet on the heels of the Mystics’ 63-0 drubbing of the Wolfhounds the previous weekend, as the Mystics have clearly indicated that they are very much in the hunt for national recognition this year.
NOTE: Full match video with commentary is available from Next Level Rugby on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heNIUKsAbJ4.
The match started off scrappily, but the Mystics put Boston under pressure and opened the scoring with a try from Chris Frazier after Boston didn’t make touch off a kick behind their goal line. The Mystics stretched their lead to 14-0 off a try from Jon Kokinda off a 5 meter lineout, and a second conversion from Alatasi Tupou. Boston and the Mystics then traded a penalty apiece to move to 17-3 before Steve Dazzo scored to extend the lead to 22-3. Just before the half, Evin O’Driscoll was handed a yellow card for a high tackle, and Boston kicked a second penalty, leaving the half time score at 22-6.
The Mystics remained strong through the remainder of O’Driscoll’s yellow, and scored the first points of the second half through a try from Jared Collinson that was converted by Tupou, leaving the Mystics 29-6 ahead. The floodgates then opened for the Mystics, as they then scored five tries to take the score to 58-6. Chris Frazier scored another two tries to complete his hat-trick, and Luke Schlotman, Michael Hunnewell and Diego Maquieira all dotted down once apiece. Boston finally scored their first try with a minute or two left to play, bringing them up to the final score of 58-13.
The points scorers for the Mystics were as follows:
Tries: Collinson, Dazzo, Frazier (3), Hunnewell, Kokinda, Maquieira, Schlotman
Conversions: Tupou (5)