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Boston will play Middlesex for the Northeast DI club #1 seed Sunday after both won semifinal matches against Empire conference opponents on Saturday.

Middlesex had little trouble against Buffalo, which traveled somewhat light. Despite the fact Buffalo won the Empire with an undefeated record, they had difficulty with the New England #2 team.

Buffalo started the game on the front foot, using their forwards, but a knock-on in contact led to a Middlesex scrum, and five phases later Middlesex scored in the corner. No. 8 Jared Martinelli then bulled over for another to make it 14-3. Buffalo kicked a penalty but Middesex scored atwo tries right after to lead 28-3.

The Barbarians rambled from there, winning 84 -24, with 12 tries, all converted.


It was a much closer, and consequently more exciting match, in the other semi. Old Blue's flyhalf/center Adam Siddall carved up Boston on a brilliant early play to set up a 7-0 lead. But Boston rode a solid lineout and mauling game, and some excellent kicking from flyhalf Richie Lobb, to keep it close. The teams were essentially tied for most of the match, and Lobb won the game on a last-second kick 23-20.

Lobb and scrumhalf Sean Treacy played well and prop Craig MacKenzie was a force up front for Boston.

This sets up Sunday's games. Boston plays Middlesex for the #1 seed. The winners host Maryland Exiles April 27, and the losers host the Norfolk Blues.

In the 3rd/4th match, Old Blue will play Buffalo, with the winners visiting Schuylkill River April 27, and the losers visiting PAC in the DC area.