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Undefeated Old Blue (3-0) visits 2-0 Boston Saturday in a clash of two of the top teams in the new Northeast DI club league.
For both it’s a chance to prove themselves against tougher opposition, especially given the fact that four of the five games these two clubs have played have been against winless teams.
“For us this game is hugely important,” said Boston captain and scrumhalf Sean Treacy. “It’s quite easy to fool yourself after you win a couple of games that you’re playing really well, when the competition isn’t as strong as it could be. I think Diamo does a really good job of keeping up the intensity in training to help with that.”
Diamo would be Boston Head Coach Mike Diamantopoulos, who has been coaching against the likes of Old Blue and NYAC for years.
He knows Old Blues will be a difficult opponent, even when they travel.
“We know there’s room for improvement,” chimed in Old Blue lock Trevor Cassidy, newly named to the USA Selects team for the Americas Rugby Championship. “The forwards have been pretty solid, and the scrum’s solid, and I think the biggest thing for us is that we have more depth than ever before. With the long season I think a lot of players know they’re going to get some game time. We went into our last game without our top two flyhalves and still won, that shows depth – we have experienced guys who can slot in seamlessly.”
Both Treacy and Cassidy said the key for their teams is attitude. They cannot be satisfied with beating White Plains (0-3) or Boston Irish Wolfhounds (also 0-3). They have to think bigger, because the playoff pool is so much smaller – only the league champion can expect a place in the national playoffs.
“What we need to do is play a good 80-minute game,” said Treacy. “This will be a good test. We have a new-look backline and they played well against White Plains, and even more so against the Wolfhounds. They are starting to get to know each other and work together well, and with the speed they have, that’s good.”
Cassidy offered some of the same sentiments.
“What we really need to see from us is to come out hard at the beginning of the game,” he said. “We’ve won our games, but each game it seems like we give up an easy try in the first few minutes. That’s something we need to avoid.”
This Weekend’s Northeast DI Games:
Old Blue (3-0) at Boston (2-0)
Middlesex (1-1) at NYAC (2-0)
Boston Irish Wolfhounds (0-3) at White Plains (0-3)