This past weekend we traveled to Hains Point Washington DC to face off with the Washington Irish Rugby Football Club. Frederick started off strong putting point on the board first. Alex Bowie rumbled down the pitch, knocking Irish players out of his way to score the first try of the game, 11 minutes into the match. John Haney’s conversion was good leaving the score 7-0 in our favor. Frederick made several drives into Irish territory, only to be stopped by the Washington defense and knock-ons. The Irish were finally able to capitalize on a Frederick knock to answer with their own try and conversion to tie the game at the 28-minute mark. The Irish maintained the momentum a scored another try to close out the half, 7-12.
After the half, the Irish opened up strong with another try and conversion to bring the score to 7-19. This lite a fire in the Frederick pack. After a few well-placed strikes with the backline, the pack, lead by Broc Shives, drove a maul into the try zone. The Irish fought hard to keep Frederick out, but the combination of backs and forwards eventually crossed the try line. After the bodies were cleared, Mike Muszynski was at the bottom of the pile and dotted the ball down cleanly for the score. The massive maul managed to take down the right upright of the goal post. After a quick group effort, the upright was set back in place and John Haney made the following conversion to bring the score to 14-19.
The teams went back and forth matching try for try. In the end, the Irish came out on top with a final score of 26-36. Overall as a team, we started off strong but miscommunication, knock-ons, and poor offloads were our downfall. At the beginning of the match, the scrum was a bit shakey, but was stronger by the half and maintained throughout the game. Line-outs were also a problem area that we need to work on. Defensively, we started on our heels. Once we started to come up on defense we caused the Irish to mistakes. Late in the game fatigue began to show with missed tackles turning into Irish tries.
In conclusion, this was a great showing in our first match. Although we didn’t win, we have a great baseline to measure our growth. We had an amazing turn out of 22 guys for this away match. It was difficult to cancel our first match to low numbers, but this is a sign of a brighter future.
Join us this weekend, September 21, as we host Severn River. Kick-off is at 11:00 am with FWRFC Vs NOVA at 1:00 pm.