D1 Men vs. Snake River Match Report – Courtesy of Dane Barclay
The ORSU Men’s D1 had their first home game of the season Sunday at Lents Park. The Loogan Cup was on the line as the Jesters hosted, 2015 PNRFU champion, Snake River. Splitting the series each of the past 4 years and battling for 1st place in the union down the stretch, the importance of this matchup was not lost on either side. Perfect weather and a fast track at Lents gave way to a battle of two of PNRFU’s best.
The match opened with both clubs testing each other out and neither side gaining the advantage. Eventually the stalemate was broken at the 10 minute mark when, Fly Half, Talo Fetuuaho dummied a connection to the centers before cutting back inside for a 15 meter dash to the posts. Kick good, ORSU 7 – 0. The boys followed Fetuuaho’s lead and marched themselves back down the field within minutes of first strike to put themselves in position to extend the lead. After moving the defense over to one side with a series of crash balls and picks from the pack, the Jesters quickly transitioned the ball out wide to, Outside Center, Tim Minks who delivered a perfect shovel pass to, Wing, Nathan Kimmel for the try. Kick no good, ORSU 12 – 0.
Snake River responded to the wakeup call by, doing what they do best, pounding the ball with their physical forwards. Despite a sound effort by ORSU’s defensive line, led throughout the day by, Flankers, Tysen Gray & Stephen Boger, and, Inside Center, Geoff May, Snake found themselves just outside ORSU’s 22 on two separate occasions. In both cases a penalty by ORSU for being cheaters in the ruck led to an easy chip shot for the men of Boise. Unfortunately for Snake, it was becoming clear penalty kicks alone were not going to do the trick. After each successful shot at goal ORSU responded with a try from, Scrum Half, Dane Barclay. The first came from Barclay using a tap-n-go at the five meter line to duck under a defender for 5. The other came from Barclay finding a present at the back of the ruck, which he gladly brought home for his second of the day. 1 of 2 kicks converted, ORSU 24 – 6.
Showing why they are the reigning PNRFU champions, Snake River didn’t dwell on the score for long. They immediately fought their way back into Jester territory and muscled in for their first try of the day. The conversion was off, but they were back in the game. ORSU managed to get one more say in before the half-time whistle with, Wing, Tyler Thompson hitting a penalty kick from 30 meters out. Halftime score, ORSU 27 – 11.
After a few words of wisdom from the coaches, the second half action got off to a quick start. Snake, finding their 2nd/3rd wind after playing Tsunami the day before, came out of their corner swinging. The offense delivered a series of crash balls and quick hands, which seemed to catch the Jesters off guard. 5 minutes into the half, Snake River managed to shrink the lead to single digits with a try and successful conversion. After getting their bell rung, the Jesters came alive looking to make a statement.
Over then next 20 minutes ORSU went on to score four unanswered tries. May, who moved to #10 to start the half, found a pop pass from a forward running with pace, Gray went untouched hitting a hard crash ball from 5 meters out, Scrum Half, Austin Robinett did his best sniper impression off the ruck, and, Center, Josh Tabak received a bounce pass from Kimmel who had ran half the field to setup the last points of the day for ORSU. The match ended with Snake securing one final try, but it was not enough to overcome the collective effort of ORSU. Final score, ORSU 53 – 23. Alex Bercovici, lock, received man of the match honors for ORSU. His impressive running and relentless defensive effort led the team to an important victory.
Both teams get another crack at each other in 3 weeks when ORSU travels to Boise 10/17. In the meantime, the Jesters face another tough opponent this Saturday as they host Tsunami at Reed College (SE 31st & Steele). D3 vs Quake kicks off at 11:30am followed by a B-side match with Reed. The D1 vs Tsunami kicks off at 3:00pm.
Fetuuaho – 1
Kimmel – 1
Barclay – 2
May – 1
Gray – 1
Robinett – 1
Tabak – 1
Guy – 2 conversions
Thompson – 1 penalty, 3 conversions
ORSU Women’s Motley vs. Central Washington University
Big Thanks to all the players who came out and played for our ORSU motley this past weekend!
Read the great match report at CWU’s website.