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In ARP action Saturday, Life pulled away from Boston in the second half for a comfortable 42-10 victory in Boston, Mass. In the other game, NYAC scored a late try for a narrow 29-28 victory over cross-town rival Old Blue at Randall’s Island.
AJ MacGinty opened the scoring for Life, sneaking in for a try under the posts. It was the first of MacGinty’s two tries on the afternoon. Adding three penalties and four conversions, Macginty accounted for 27 Running Eagle points.
Boston battled back after falling behind 7-0, converting a penalty of its own. Life won the ensuing kickoff, however, leading to a Conelius Dirksen try in the corner. With the conversion missed, the Running Eagles led 12-3. Boston responded with converted try, leaving it 12-10 at the break.
The second half belonged to Life, as the Running Eagles scored 30 unanswered points. In addition to MacGinty’s second, Life got tries from Lance Cavanaugh and Shaun Davies.
At 2-0, Life remains the only undefeated team in the American Rugby Premiership. Boston moves to 1-1 with the result.
In New York, NYAC jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a Troy Hall intercept on three-minute mark. Old Blue responded with a penalty from Adam Siddall, but Kirk Hamilton put NYAC up 12-3 with an unconverted try. Despite having very little possession in the first half, Old Blue was able to close the gap to 12-10 right on the 40-minute mark.
Unlike in Boston, the second half was a back-and-forth affair. Old Blue scored a try and a penalty in quick succession before NYAC scrumhalf Mike Petri cut the deficit to 21-15 with a drop goal.
Hall’s second try then allowed NYAC to regain the lead, 22-21. The score remained that way late into the second half. However, in the 77th minute Old Blue was awarded a penalty try for a collapsed scrum. The conversion gave Old Blue a 28-22 lead with three minutes to play.
NYAC battled back, and, after a number of phases, was able to punch a try in with 30 seconds to play. Amongst a heap of forwards, Hamilton appeared to squeak over the line for his second try of the afternoon.
“We were very happy with the composure that was showed at a game that could have gone either way,” NYAC assistant coach Neil McMillan told Rugby Today. “Being six points down with three minutes and able to score a try in two minutes' time was very pleasing to us.”
Despite the heated rivalry, “It was a really good atmosphere and was a really clean, hard-fought game. For both sides it was a brilliant game to be a part of,” McMillan added.
NYAC moves to 2-1 in the ARP while Old Blue drops to 1-2.