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Despite missing a number of players due to the Americas Rugby Championship and injury, NYAC defeated Boston 20-6 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Saturday. NYAC was without the services of Brian Doyle, Troy Hall and Justin Hundley due to commitments with the Eagles.
The early stages of the game Boston was out on the front foot. “They tore into us pretty well,” NYAC assistant coach Neil McMillan said. With a steady rain and a strong wind at the back of Boston in the first half, much of the early stages of the game were played inside the NYAC 22. Despite the possession, Boston was unable to punch in a try and led 3-0 going into the break.
“Boston definitely deserved to be up more than three-nil at the half,” McMillan added. With the wind at its back in the second stanza, NYAC was able to claw its way back into the game. NYAC got an early second-half try and added two more to seal the victory. Mike Petri, Kyle Granby and Chris Baumann all dotted down for NYAC.
Between the weather and the depleted roster, McMillan was very pleased with the team’s performance. “We were really delighted with the result yesterday. We were stretched pretty thinly with resources, coming into the game one guy short on the bench.”
“We had a lot of our guy who do not normally get a lot of game time step up, McMillan added.” English flyhalf Tobias Henry stepped in for his first start and was exceptional on the afternoon. He broke through for a 30-yard run, then offloaded to an oncoming Mike Petri for a try between the posts.
NYAC moves to 3-1 in the ARP and is still chasing Life. Life moved to 4-0 with a solid victory over the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 69-13 in Marietta, Georgia. “Life is definitely the team we are targeting in the spring," said McMillan. "For us, that is going to be the make or break game. If we can beat Life, we stand a chance of ending this league in the front spot."