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In its final tune up prior to the beginning of the American Rugby Premiership, Old Blue scored 54-second half points to defeat Hartford 69-0.
Old Blue employed a field position game throughout the match. Hartford responded well in the early stages of the game, fielding many of the Old Blue kicks. Hartford kept it close, and at halftime, only 15 points separated the teams.
The second half was a very different story as Old Blue piled on points. Eagle flyhalf Adam Siddall, returning from a concussion that kept him off Team USA for the summer tests, had a fine performance, using his leg to create points from field position, adding a try and a bevy of conversions.
“We went with the same game plan the entire way. The heat played a real factor today, and in the second half we really wore them down. We played the field possession game, and in the latter stages they had much more trouble defending it,” coach Gary Lee Heavner said.
Old Blue should face a much stiffer test next week when they welcome Boston for conference action. Despite winning handily today, the team is confident it will be ready for the challenge.
“We are definitely ready. We played well today and have had four weeks of training and a preseason camping trip to work on rugby stuff.”
The team used today’s matchup to welcome back several players from injury and work in a few guys they picked up over the summer.
“There was a seamless transition from 15s last year to 7s and back to 15s this year,” Heavner noted. “We have added some guys along the way, because we are always looking to keep growing, but the team has not lost any paces despite the additions.”