Citadel Rugby defeats UNCW 45-28
By Doug Coil – based on Tommy Duffy release: September 24, 2017
The Citadel Rugby Club defeated host UNC-Wilmington 45-28 Saturday at Gazebo Field in a Southern Rugby Conference match.
On a hot fall afternoon the Bulldogs came into Cape Fear to play UNCW. In an outstanding battle and hard fought match, UNCW’s #7 Tom McCrimmon scored first off a loose ball with failed conversation by Colin Frazier #10 to put the Seahawks up 5-0. Citadel answered back as Daniel Smith ran 45 meters for try after being set up by Aaron Moore. Ellison Rourke converted to put the Bulldogs up 7-5. Daniel Smith #11 scored minutes later on an other long run with Rouke’s conversation making it 14-5.
At the 20th minute, #12 Braxton McDuffie added a try from a crash ball 25 meters from the line and after a missed conversation and the Bulldogs lead 19-5.
UNCW answered back in the 32nd minute, as #13 Joe Thelan scored a 55 meter try after gathering a Citadel loose ball. Collin Frazier added the conversion to narrow the score to 19-12.
Just prior to the break, a penalty by UNCW provided Citadel a final scoring opportunity. A Scrum half Mike McGaffic off load to Antonio Moffa #1, resulted in a try with no time on the clock. The conversation failed, but Citadel took a 24-12 lead into the break.
UNCW answered back early in the second half as Vince De La Roca #1 scored a try from a forward pod 25 meters out. This cut the lead after a successful conversation to 24-19.
After some back and forth attacks from both the Citadel and UNCW, Citadel’s #7 Charlie Evans added a try from a 5 meters pick and go. Ellison Rourke added the conversion increasing the lead to 31-19.
UNCW pushed right back as Tom McCrimmon stormed in through traffic for a try. After Collin Frazier’s conversation was missed the score was 31-24.
In the 72nd minute, Citadel’s Freshman Pat Hess #8 picked the ball and went blind for a try from 8 meters out. Rourke converted increasing the Citadel lead to 38-24. In the final moments ,#9 Mike McGaffic dotted it in from 1 meter out and the final was 45-24.
Head Coach Bill Belll said of his Bulldogs. “Our boys played with great resilience and pressure. Very proud of some of our younger players who stepped up big time. I was very impressed by UNCW’s play and their never quite attitude. They were in this up to the end. I definitely take my hat off to them.”
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