The rain came down hard as the HRFC arrived at Princeton in an Ivy Rugby Conference 3rd Place battle. In the end, Harvard scored four trys to Princeton's one as the Crimson got their bonus point and continue to play well in the Ivies.
Strong cross winds and wet field conditions made of a forward’s game as scrums ensued quickly after kickoff. Thanks to some great kicking by Harvard's vice-captain, Robbie Waddilove, Harvard played most of the first half running crash balls inside the Princeton 22.
The first score went to hooker, Dave Matthews, who after multiple attempts finally broke through the try line for 5. Soon after, fly-half “Scuba” Steve Dayneka punched another in with a conversion to put Harvard up 12-0. Following a shutdown defensive performance, second row Zach Strecker punched one more in to set the score 17-0 in favor of Harvard at halftime.
Princeton came out swinging in the second half. After a few solid line breaks the Tigers offense marched toward the try line. Princeton scored their first try after a yellow card sent Harvard's Strecker into the sin bin for a high tackle. The Crimson held the Tigers at bay with a man down for the remainder of the 10-minute booking.
Robbie Waddilove broke the line for one last try to put Harvard up 22-5 at the final whistle. After a solid victory the HRFC sets their sights on Columbia, who will come to Mignone Field this Saturday at 2:00 PM. Stay tuned for real-time score updates and color commentary via our twitter account, @harvardrugby, and photos from each game at Harvard's Facebook page.
Princeton hosts Penn next Saturday at Rickerson Field. Kickoff is set for 1:30p,
'12 Harvard try Dave Matthews '17
'20 Harvard try Steve Dayneka '19
'20 Harvard conv Steve Dayneka '18
'35 Harvard try Zach Strecker '18
'60 Harvard try Robbie Waddilove '19