Wheeling Jesuit Men’s Rugby Beats St. Bonaventure

September 19, 2016

Wheeling Jesuit Men’s Rugby Beats St. Bonaventure

Logos: Wheeling Jesuit University & St. Bonaventure Rugby

Doug Coil

Wheeling Jesuit Men’s Rugby has made it two in a row for new head coach Tommy Duffy on Saturday September 17 at Bishop Schmitt Field against St. Bonaventure  in a Rugby East match.

The Cardinals, since losing their first match against Notre Dame College, have now won three consecutive matches against Mount St. Mary’s, Lindenwood-Belleville and St. Bonaventure.

Wheeling Jesuit controlled the set pieces in controlling both their scrums and lineouts.

Tommy Duffy said “The team dominated in the line outs, winning all offensive lineouts and four other defensive lineouts. We were able to control the pace the entire game, winning the majority of rucks.”

Tui Osborne is also making an impact at St. Bonaventure . They are now 1-1 in the league after winning the week before against the University of Buffalo.

Wheeling Jesuit scored first after going through several phases as Joji Valasiskala touched down in the corner. Carter Landry then added another try for a 10-0 lead. St Bonaventure’s Christian Artuso then narrowed the lead to 10-3 after he slotted a penalty kick.

After back and forth action, Wheeling Jesuit then added three more tries as Frank Rolf added a try in the corner and Lebogang Ngwemya broke through the line for a try. Both tries were converted for a 24-3 lead. A third try by Allan Hanson, also converted, was also added for a 31-3 lead.

St. Bonaventure then answered back when Jaret Williamson found a gap through the middle for a long try to narrow the score to 31-10 prior to halftime.

The second half began as a defensive battle before Wheeling Jesuit’s Alston Burton scored in the corner to increase their lead to 36-10. Several minutes later, Wheeling Jesuit took a lineout and mauled their way over the line with Peter Malcolm getting the try. With the conversion, the lead was now 43-10.  Wheeling Jesuit then added another try by Peter Malcolm, which was converted.

St. Bonaventure did not fold and Jinesh Shaji recovered a kick  and went in for a long try. The score was now 50-15.

Wheeling Jesuit closed out the match with two additional tries with the first one by Cullen Buckley, which was converted. Hugh McAllister added the last in the last minute for a 62-15 win for Wheeling Jesuit over St. Bonaventure.

On Friday September 23rd, Wheeling Jesuit play Iona College at a neutral site, on the Penn State campus in University Park, Pa. On that same night at 6:30pm, St. Bonaventure hosts Army West Point Rugby.

St. Bonaventure vs. Wheeling Jesuit: 1.Luis Carpio(c) 2.North Westall 3.Kyle Ciquera 4.Alfonso De Falco 5.Greg Terry 6.Matt Williams 7.Pat McCormack 8.Jesus Robles 9.Christian Artuso(vc) 10.Eamonn Matthews 11.Jaret Williamson 12.Stephvan Tanner 13.Ryan McGovern 14.Ted Gorman 15.Matt Bergstol 16.Joe Vasquez 17.John LaDuca 18.Greg Delaney 19.Casey Mascaro 20.Yohendy Martinez 21.Tommy Anderson 22.Jinesh Shaji 23.Chaz Schwenk Head Coach: Tui Osborne

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