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Friday, March 22, 2019
Toms & Bedwas Prepare for Welsh Cup Quarter-Final

With the dust beginning to settle following Wales’ deserved Grand Slam in the Six Nations competition the thoughts of Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates, management and supporters turns to the Quarter-Finals of the Welsh Cup.

A short trip to the capital and the home of the Blue and Blacks- Cardiff RFC’s Arms Park awaits a Bedwas side showing a few changes from that which defeated Llanelli two weeks ago.

Ahead of the game, Head Coach Stefan Sankala said, “The opportunity to play cup rugby and get a performance down at Cardiff has added a different motivation amounts the squad this week. Obviously the pressure of the league campaign adds a different climate but we are looking forward to going out without shackles and enjoying the Saturday afternoon. Cardiff are certainly on a high at the moment and their recent form makes them a dangerous outfit but we have set some expectations that’s will hopefully challenge Cardiff in from of their home crowd.”
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Wainwright & Toronto Arrows Fall to New York

Marcello Wainwright and his Toronto Arrows teammates accrued a valuable away bonus point in the club’s 24-21 loss against Rugby United New York.

New York earned the comeback win on the heels of a last-second Try at MCU Park.

Toronto had the early momentum in the match, with the visiting side jumping out to an early 6-0 lead through two penalty goals from fly-half Sam Malcolm, the first was struck with gusto from nearly 50 meters out, while the second came as a chip shot just outside New York’s 22.

The hosts responded minutes later on their first spell of possession in Toronto territory, with hooker Dylan Fawsitt scoring off a rolling maul from a lineout.

The Arrows answered back through scrum-half Andrew Ferguson, who capitalized on a lengthy period of sustained pressure when he found a gap in New York’s defensive line to cross over.

New York added its second try of the match on the final play of the first half, scoring a carbon copy of its first. Again, it was Fawsitt crossing over following a driving maul off a lineout to put the hosts ahead 12-11 heading into the interval.

Similar to the first half, Toronto were the more inspired side out of the gates at the restart. The visitors were first on the scoreboard through a piercing run from Guiseppe du Toit six minutes into the second half, who was set up by a deft popped pass from Malcolm.

The Arrows appeared to have scored again in the 52nd minute after a well-worked give-and-go between Gaston Mieres and Kolby Francis sprung the Uruguayan, but the referee called the try back after adjudging one of the passes to be forward. The drive still resulted in points for Toronto, as Malcolm kicked his third penalty goal minutes later to increase Toronto’s lead to nine points.

The final 15 minutes of the match featured consistent pressure from the home side, forcing the Arrows into extended periods of try-line stands as the visitors looked to hold on to their lead.

After multiple phases inside Toronto’s 5m area, New York lock Nate Brakeley broke the levee in the 70th minute to reduce the deficit to four points.

Going right back to work deep in Arrows territory, flanker John Quill completed New York’s comeback with a match-winning try on the final play of the game.

“This was a tough one for us to swallow,” said Arrows Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorn. “We dictated the pace of play for the bulk of the game, but lost our composure in the late stages of the match, and that’s when it counted the most. We had a lot of impressive periods of play throughout the game, and earning a road bonus point is certainly important, but we came here looking for the win, and to fall just short is a tough result.”

Entering the match on just four days’ rest, Silverthorn praised his side’s workrate.

“It’s been a grueling travel schedule for us this week, having gone from San Diego to Toronto to New York all in just a few days, and our guys left it all on the pitch,” added Silverthorn. “We’ll have a well-deserved break coming into the bye week to give our players an opportunity to recover both physically and mentally, and then shift our focus to our final road game against Utah at the end of the month.”

The defeat drops Toronto’s record to 3-4-0, and keeps the expansion club at sixth in league standings with 17 points. New York’s win vaults the fellow league newcomers to the top of the table with a 5-1-0 record and 23 points.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Ariel Re Bermuda 7s 2019 Day Two

The 2019 Ariel Re Bermuda 7s at the National Sports Center came to an end with Bermuda falling in both the Men’s and Women’s Finals

The Norwich Maroon defeated the Bermuda Stars in the Men’s Final 10 – 5, while Humber College were crowned the Women’s College Cup Final after they defeated the Bermuda Stars 22 – 5.

Men’s Division

Stony Brook 10 Chesapeake One 26
Loyola University MD 28 Bermuda Stars 19
Chesapeake Two 15 Columbia University Two 5
Rowan University 54 Norwich Gold 0
Loyola University 12 Chesapeake One 36
Bermuda Stars Two 17 Stony Brook 7
Chesapeake Two 12 Rowan University 22
Columbia University Two 7 Colgate University One 26
Columbia University One 21 Ohio State University 17
Ohio State University 15 Norwich Maroon 26
Bermuda Stars 12 Columbia University One 7
Chesapeake Two 25 Colgate University Two 0
Rowan University 24 Colgate University One 12
Columbia University One 26 Bermuda Stars Two 19
Bermuda Stars 26 Loyola University MD 15
Norwich Maroon 24 Chesapeake One 10
Ohio State University 27 Stony Brook 5
Colgate University One 33 Norwich Gold 0
Columbia University Two 29 Colgate University Two 0

Women’s Division

Humber College Two 26 Colgate University One 5
Rowan University 26 Colgate University Two 12
Rowan University 20 Colgate University 17
Humber College One 28 Humber College Two 0
Bermuda Stars 32 Colgate University One 0
Humber College Two 7 Bermuda Stars 20
Colgate University One 28 Colgate University Two 0
Humber College One 45 Rowan University 0

Friday, March 15, 2019
Ariel Re Bermuda 7s 2019 Day One

A total of 30 games were played on the Opening Day of the 2019 Ariel Re Bermuda 7s at the National Sports Center.

The Bermuda Women’s team would end the day at 2 wins and 1 defeat, while the Bermuda Men’s Stars team are undefeated, with the Bermuda Men’s Stars Team Two are struggling.

2019 Ariel Re Bermuda 7s

Women's College Pool Match

Rowan University 5 Bermuda Stars 25
Colgate University One 0 Humber College Two 22
Colgate University Two 0 Humber College One 61
Rowan University 10 Colgate University One 15
Humber College One 29 Bermuda Stars 0
Humber College Two 32 Colgate University Two 0
Bermuda Stars 37 Colgate University Two 0
Rowan University 0 Humber College Two 38
Humber College One 40 Colgate University One 7

Men's College Pool

Chesapeake Two 12 Bermuda Stars Two 40
Stony Brook 26 Columbia University Two 7
Bermuda Stars 57 Colgate University Two 0
Loyola University MD 12 Columbia University 22
Ohio State University 38 Norwich Gold 5
Chesapeake One 17 Rowan University 12
Colgate University One 0 Norwich Maroon 29
Chesapeake Two 5 Loyola University MD 31
Bermuda Stars 24 Columbia University One 7
Stony Brook 33 Norwich Gold 0
Norwich Maroon 19 Rowan University 14
Columbia University Two 5 Colgate University One 15
Chesapeake One 50 Colgate University Two 0
Ohio State University 29 Bermuda Stars Two 7
Stony Brook 7 Chesapeake Two 33
Rowan University 28 Columbia University 12
Ohio State University 17 Colgate University One 0
Chesapeake One 10 Norwich Maroon 15
Bermuda Stars 17 Loyola University MD 7
Columbia University One 57 Colgate University Two 0
Norwich Gold 0 Bermuda Stars Two 41

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Wainwright & Toronto Arrows Defeat San Diego

Marcello Wainwright and his Toronto Arrows teammates snapped the San Diego Legion’s four-game winning streak in convincing fashion, stunning their hosts with a comeback 27-20 road victory.

Trailing by as many as 17 points early in the second half, the visiting Arrows stormed back by scoring 24 unanswered points against their California hosts to earn a statement win at Torero Stadium.

San Diego held the bulk of possession and territory in the first half, and set the tone when debutant No. 8 Jordan Manihera opened the scoring with a slicing try less than a minute into the match.

A Sam Malcolm penalty goal cut into San Diego’s early lead, but Legion flanker Psalm Wooching responded minutes later by barging across to double the home side’s try tally just before the first-half hydration break.

San Diego capped off a dominant first-half performance when captain Joe Pietersen added a penalty at the stroke of halftime, giving the hosts a 14-point advantage heading into the break.

The Legion continued their probing play coming out of the interval, and tacked on three additional points via a drop goal from Pietersen three minutes into the second frame.

Down but not out, Arrows wing Avery Oitomen kicked off the comeback in the 51st minute with his first of two tries on the evening. Outside centre Spencer Jones set up the speeding Oitomen with pass that beckoned the important line break, with the winger then juking a would-be tackle from Legion fullback Kyle Rogers to give the travelling Arrows a shot of confidence.

The 19-year-old scored his second Try just three minutes later. After a trio of Toronto forwards were stymied at goal line, the ball was spun out to Oitomen, who found enough space to dive in for his second try.

Just minutes later, Arrows hooker Andrew Quattrin found a hole in San Diego’s defensive ranks to get within inches of the goal line, and lock Mike Sheppard drove the rest of the way to give Toronto its first lead of the match.

Malcolm, who was perfect with the boot throughout the night, added a penalty goal in the 71st minute to put the Arrows ahead by seven points.

With the victory far from guaranteed, Toronto mounted a strong defensive stand in the final minutes of the match, and forced two crucial turnovers to seal the memorable win.
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