Old Glory DC hosted their second home game of the season on Sunday, March 8 against Rugby ATL. The team emerged with a 31-29 win over Rugby ATL and improved their record to 4-1, which moves them into second place in the MLR Eastern Conference. Rugby ATL fell to 2-3 and is in fifth place.
Old Glory DC vs Rugby ATL Match Recap
Rugby ATL tested the Old Glory scrum early driving and after Olf Glory was penalized, ATL kicked to touch. A lineout infraction, the third penalty in a row, resulted in a penalty try, 0-7. A yellow card was also issued to Danny Tusitala.
A Rugby ATL penalty had Jason Robertson slotting a penalty goal to cut the lead, 3-7.
The ensuing restart was mishandled with Jeremey Misailegalu picking up the loose ball, drawing in a defender, and offloading to Harley Davidson for a try. Kurt Coleman converted to push the lead, 3-14.
Old Glory stole a lineout and Doug Fraser advanced the ball inside Rugby ATL’s 22-meters. ATL was penalized and Robertson slotted another, 6-14.
An ATL penalty had Old Glory kicking for territory, but after the ball was taken by Fa’anana-Schultz, the ball was knocked-on. Following a scrum, ATL was penalized and Robertson slotted his third to cut the lead, 9-14.
An Old Glory penalty had Coleman kicking for territory inside Old Glory’s 22-meters. A high tackle then led to a Kurt Coleman penalty goal, 9-17.
While Old Glory was on the attack, Rugby ATL was warned about infractions around the breakdown. This gave Jason Robertson a penalty goal attempt but was wide left.
Old Glory attacked from the restart and advanced within Rugby ATL’s 22-meters. Declan O’Donnell offloaded to Dylan Taikato-Simpson for a try in the right corner, 14-17. Robertson’s conversion was just left of the posts.
Rugby ATL gained the restart and following a lineout, cleared. Old Glory counterattacked, but turned the ball over through an offsides penalty. ATL attack was short, however, as the ball was knocked-on.
Old Glory had a final attack with no time on the clock. They went through multiple phases and Doug Fraser took quick ball down the left wide channel. Old Glory’s Declan O’Donnell tacked on a try under the posts and Robertson slotted the kick to take a 21-17 lead into the break.
Rugby ATL struck first in the half with a try by Alex Maughan from a maul with Kurt Coleman slotting the conversion to take a 24-21 lead.
Old Glory struck next with Dylan Taikato-Simpson using a quick ball to Roberts-TeNana to Danny Tuitala for a try. Robertson then slotted the conversion to lead 28-24.
Rugby ATL added a bonus point try by Maughan in the 72nd minute to take a 29-28 point lead. Four minutes later, Bill Fukofuka was sent to the bin for a chop tackle and Jason Robertson slotted what would be the winning kick, 31-29.
Rugby ATL had one sustained attack and in the 80th minute, was penalized at the breakdown for a side entry. Robertson then tapped and kicked to touch for the win.
Old Glory DC & Rugby ATL Squads with Player Article Links & Match Preview
Old Glory DC: 1 Jake Turnbull 2 Mikey Sosene-Feagai 3 Will Vakalahi 4 Tevita Naqali 5 Dylan Pieterse 6 Travis Larsen 7 Mungo Mason (CC) 8 Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz 9 Danny Tusitala 10 Jason Robertson 11 Doug Fraser12 Ciaran Hearn 13 Thretton Palamo (CC) 14 Declan O’Donnell 15 Dylan Taikato-Simpson16 Mo Katz 17 Max Lum 18 Gordon Fullerton19 Josh Brown 20 Matt Hughston 21 Michael Reid 22 Mike Dubulas 23 Renata Roberts TeNana
Rugby ATL: 1 Chance Wenglewski 2 Alex Maughan 3 Cronan Gleeson 4 Johan Momsen 5 Stefan Willemse 6 Vili Helu 7 Matt Heaton (C) 8 Ross Deacon 9 Duncan Van Schalkwyk 10 Kurt Coleman 11 Harley Davidson 12 Ryan Nell (VC) 13 Jeremy Misailegalu14 Zander Van Schalkwyk 15 Martini Talapusi 16 Amro Gouda17 Jamie Ferrante18 Julian Montes 19 Conor Keys 20 Jason Damm 21 Kurtis Werner 22 Sean Coughlan 23 Bill Fukofuka