Boston travelled to NYAC this weekend to play in the opening match of the ARP Fall season at Travers Island, New Rochelle.
With almost perfect weather conditions for around 75 minutes of the game, the two teams didn't disappoint the supporters by playing 80 minutes of free flowing, running rugby.
Boston kicked the match off and immediately conceded a penalty from a dangerous tackle on the catcher. NYAC kicked for territory and within a few minutes were awarded another penalty in front of Boston's posts. No strangers to game management, the NYAC captain opted to take the points and Boston were already chasing the game, 3-0 to the home team. Some good team pressure and defense from Boston resulted in a kickable penalty and Richie Lobb leveled the scores from the tee.
The score remained 3-3 for the majority of the first half. Although Boston dominated at the scrum and forced errors in NYAC's handling, the team suffered heavily in the lineout and as a result were unable to convert territory and possession into points. Shortly before the end of the first half, a defensive laps in concentration for the visitors left a gap wide enough for NYAC's scrum half to dart through and he crossed the line for the first try of the afternoon. Another two trys before the half time whistle left the score at 20-3 to NYAC at the interval.
The second half only continued in the same manner for Boston, who continued to suffer at the lineout and failed to score, even after periods of excellent play. Boston's best chance came midway through the second half when a break out of the 22 by new recruit Kyle Palm, put replacement winger Corey Newton on a blistering run down the right wing, only to be denied in the corner by a fantastic try saving cover tackle.
Injuries plagued the visitors and when fly half, Richie Lobb and number 8, Adam Normann were both forced from the field, the outcome looked certain for Boston. NYAC put in another few tries and a penalty to make the final score 44-3.
Although NYAC deserved the win, it would be difficult to agree that a 41 point deficit is an accurate representation of the true nature of this game, after Boston dominated many aspects of the 80 minutes. The team will meet again in Boston in the Spring where the home team will certainly be seeking retribution!