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Two games took place in the ARP this weekend, with Life thrashing Boston 92-3 and Old Blue holding on against NYAC 35-28 on Travers Island today. Life remains undefeated in league play and Old Blue sits in second with a 4-1 record.
Boston struck first on the road in Marietta but the Running Eagles tallied 92 unanswered points to cruise to victory. Sean Davies netted a pair of tries in the first and the Running Eagles led 45-3 at the break. Life has yet to be really tested in ARP play. It crushed Old blue and Boston at home. Its closest game was a 28-13 victory over NYAC last weekend.
In New York, Old Blue and NYAC renewed its rivalry. Athletic Club scored a try in the first 30 seconds and led the game 14-8 at halftime. Seamus Kelly was back at center for NYAC and his experience at the international level has improved his game tremendously. The center scored several tries and was the catalyst for the offense on the day.
“He had a great game for them,” said Old Blue Director of Rugby Stephen Lewis about Kelly. “He was very much their offensive spark.”
Old Blue struggled with discipline issues and did not execute well in the set piece in the first half. However, the backline for Old Blue took over the game in the second half. Ryan Matyas scored under the posts to give Old Blue a 15-14 lead. After NYAC retook the lead with a try Richie Kirkland got the first of his two tries to put Old Blue down 21-20.
“The backline finally got clicking a bit in the second half,” Lewis added.
Kirkland gave the lead back to Old Blue with a 90-meter intercept. Lewis indicated that this was really a momentum changer for his side. Old Blue added another try and a penalty to extend the lead to 35-21.
“The 90 meter interception kind of turned the game,” Lewis concluded.
Late pressure from NYAC cut the lead to one score but Old Blue held on to win the match 35-28. NYAC had sustained pressure for the final five minutes but was unable to notch the tying score.
It was the final weekend of matches this fall in the ARP and last for Lewis as the Director of Rugby at Old Blue. Lewis has been tabbed to oversee the new professional rugby league in the United States, Pro Rugby North America. Lewis has stepped down from his post with Old Blue in order to focus on the new endeavor.
With the announcement coming Monday, it will be clearer how the new league will impact the ARP. It is plausible that a number of ARP players will be recruited to play in the new professional league and will shake up the current rosters.