On April 5, 2014 in Providence, Rhode Island the Boston Maccabi RFC began their 2014 Spring season versus Brown University. On a mud soaked pitch with overcast skies the Maccabi’s attempted to shake off their winter rust against a collegiate XV. Brown kicked to the Maccabi to start the match with the Maccabi putting together some good phases before some suspect hands gave a scrum to Brown. Early impressions of the match were Brown’s prowess in the lineout and the Maccabi’s giving no quarter at the breakdown. After a Brown rolling maul, Matt Almeida poached the pill at the breakdown and started a Maccabi onslaught into Brown territory that culminated with a quick tap from the 5m line and a try to Matt Almeida. After the restart, good backline play from Brown saw them flirt with the tryline, only a strong coverage tackle from Andy Osheroff left them wanting. The two teams used the next ten minutes to tire themselves out on the halfway until Brown drew a penalty at the 22. After the flags went up it was 7-3 to the Maccabi’s at the thirty minute mark. Hands down the left touchline and a class offload from Dan Flynn put Matt Almeida away for his second try of the match. The scales of the match began to tilt towards the Maccabi’s as they utilized the width of the pitch before Ben Rosenbleet crossed under the posts. Harry Shipps added the extras and it was 21-3 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Maccabi’s pushed for another try only to be held up. The ensuring 5m scrum saw 8 man Jeremy Kornwitz pick and go for the try, keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Smelling blood in the water the Maccabi’s pushed for more points and were rewarded after another pick and go from the base of a scrum at the 5m line, giving the captain his second try of the afternoon. With the scoreboard reading 33-3 the Maccabi’s began making changes as Steve Hannigan came on to feed the scrum at 9 with Eric Thornley and Ethan Sales getting a run at lock and flanker respectively. At the next stoppage, Alex Goldstein came on at hooker, Billy Cannon at lock and Phil Stojka at wing for the first rugby of his young career. Shortly before the final whistle Brown’s #10 scored his teams first try, making the final tally read 33-10 to the Maccabi’s. A great match to open the season, the Maccabi’s displayed good front foot rugby with Brown offering lessons in the lineout.
Much obliged to Brown for hosting the match and the spirit in which they played.