Brown scored early and often in the first half to take a commanding lead after 40 minutes against a physically hard but somewhat vulnerable Harvard team. As opposed to Dartmouth the previous week, Brown was able to find space through the Harvard defense sending four Bears over the line for tries, with the dependable Jon Kim adding two conversions and a penalty kick. Brown opened the match with a penalty kick and then conceded a try to Harvard.
Penn began the match with only 14 players, going down to 13 midway through the first half. Halftime score was Penn 22, Columbia 29. Penn lost two more players to injury, and finished the match with only 11 on the field. It was a courageous effort from Penn, but there was too much ground to cover. The final score was Columbia 51, Penn 27.
Columbia’s flyhalf and inside center proved to be a dangerous duo that were difficult to contain.
In spite of a rainy week the Brown Rugby field was surprisingly dry and the conditions facilitated a Brown romp over the Yale Bulldogs. Six tries in each half provided symmetry and a 76 to nil shutout. Given Brown’s dominance, a number of players were able to get first 15 playing time, demonstrating squad depth which is always crucial as the season wears on. Yale may be Brown’s toughest opponent to date but the Bears have improved their execution on offense and defense week by week.
Yale was only able to field a 10 man team for the Second XV match. Brown had 23 available players so open substitution was used to give all of the Seconds a chance to play. The teams agreed to play two 20 minute halves of rugby.
Another great day of rugby here in Ithaca. Both teams played an exciting and entertaining game. This was a game seniors on each team will remember for years. Neither side was willing to leave the field empty handed.Posted: 10/09/2019
Over the weekend, Dartmouth played an exciting match against Army. With an evenly matched first half, Army was the first to score eight minutes in with no conversion, taking a 5-0 lead over Dartmouth. A late push from Dartmouth resulted in a score of 39-19 with Army taking the win.
Columbia scored 12 points within the first 7 minutes of play, all by Scrumhalf Arend Wong. UPenn played tough in the middle portion of the match holding Columbia scoreless until early in the second half when constant pressure opened up a seam for Alexander Gouws to score under the posts as Columbia scored 22 unanswered points to make it 34-0 until the final 10 minutes when UPenn scored a try and another at the final whistle.