Boston Maccabi Defeated by Old Gold RFC 11-7

12 Apr 2014, Posted by Tom Brennan in Match Results, Rugby, Spring

On April 12, 2014 the Maccabi’s took to the road again to meet Division II Old Gold Rugby Club on the pitch at Joe Moakley Park in South Boston. The sun was out with a refreshing breeze off the waters of Carson Beach to yield perfect weather for rugby. Old Gold kicked off to the Maccabi with lots of back and forth at midfield as suspect hands were the takeaway from the early going. Lock Christian Ford was pinged for striking up high in a tackle attempt that could have been settled with a warning, but the official felt obliged to show him the yellow. Despite playing without a full deck the Maccabi defense remained firm, holding Old Gold up in the try area before forcing a turnover after the 5m scrum. Some deft hands along the backline brought the ball to midfield and a searing break from Fullback Brendan Ryan struck oil inside the Old Gold 22. As play continued BZ Abbot took the ball into contact at the 2m line before offloading to winger Danny Almeida for the try. After the extras were added it was 7-0 Maccabi with ten minutes remaining in the half. After the try the Maccabi began to play with renewed confidence, taking the play to Old Gold and having the look of a side controlling the match.

After the restart, Old Gold got a chance at the posts due to an obstruction call and the flags went up making it 7-3. Shortly thereafter Old Gold played to their strengths and used a rolling maul from a lineout to cross the whitewash and make the scoreboard read 8-7 Old Gold after the missed conversion. At the hour mark, Christian Ford moved to hooker and Alex Goldstein came off after a workman-like sixty minutes. Old Gold took advantage of another penalty to make the score 11-7 and force the Maccabi to chase after a try. Towards the end of the match, the Maccabi were throwing themselves at Old Gold with abandon, sniffing the try line, but a double move penalty gave the ball back to Old Gold who put the ball into touch and brought the match to an end.

A game that never really took on much of a flow with a cascade of penalties segmenting the match into portions between scrums. Both sides felt as though they deserved to win, but credit to Old Gold as they made the most of their opportunities and that is how matches are won. Credit to Ahron Lerman and Alex Robbins for filling in admirably for some late scratches in the backline and to Matt Almeida for handling the penalties and restarts.

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