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In a tightly contested match, a late try propelled the Boston Irish Wolfhounds to a 19-15 win over Amoskeag in a friendly Saturday. Each team dotted down three times, the only difference being two converted tries by the Wolfhounds.
In a very physical encounter, neither team was able to take control of the match. The teams traded tries and the match never saw either side go up more than a score.
The Wolfhounds jumped out to the early lead but a brilliant break by flyhalf Lex Kuster earned Amoskeag its first points of the day.
With 15 minutes to play Amoskeag scored their third try of the game, giving it a 15-12 lead. In the waning moments, however, the Irish scored a converted try to win the match 19-15.
“It was a very even contest. Most of the game was a forwards battle and the scrummaging was pretty evenly matched,” Amoskeag coach Patrick Van Rooyen told Rugby Today. “The Irish certainly had the ascendancy in the lineout, but we had a stronger back line. To their credit, we didn’t get to break away too often.”
The Amoskeag backline produced all three tries, while two of three tries for the Wolfhounds came from the forwards.
Despite losing the game, Amoskeag was very pleased with the result.
“It was a very important match to see how we stand up with ARP opponents. We received very nice compliments from the Wolfhounds and their spectators,” said Van Rooyen.
The New Hampshire side has taken fairly large steps in the last couple of seasons. Last year the squad participated in DII and is now competing quite well with some of the elite programs in the Northeast. Amoskeag will play Portland in the opening week of action in the North Atlantic DI.
“We are very confident after yesterday’s game. Portland are a good side but the way we have come along in our forwards will give us an edge.”