HRFC vs Brown
After suffering a tough loss after a well-matched game against Dartmouth, the Harvard ruggers set their sights on Brown’s squad. In one of their last official games wearing the Harvard rugby jersey, our seniors started the game with a bang, continuing the leadership they’ve shown on the field all year. Harvard worked as a unit, weaving through Brown’s defense in a series of runs that culminated in an unconverted try by sophomore Winger Owen Fox. Despite Harvard’s success in maintaining momentum for a substantial time-period, Brown countered with three successive tries to put the score at Brown 15 – Harvard 5. Following this, Harvard rallied themselves and came together for a period to stop a series of formidable runs by our opponents on the wing. As the half came to a close, Brown managed to cross the try-line, but missed the conversion to put the score at Brown 20 – Harvard 5. As the second-half commenced, feisty scrums and dynamic open-field play led to the unfortunate injuries of key players junior captain Gabe Cunningham, junior vice captain Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and sophomore back Brendan Hanrahan. Harvard managed to stand their ground on defense, however, and waited out a long period of scorelessness on both sides before junior forward Alex Cunha swept through the defensive line and into the try-zione to chip away at Brown’s lead, Brown 20 – Harvard 10. Despite Harvard’s valiant attempts, Brown responded with strong play and defended against our efforts. Time expired to count for an unfortunate loss for Harvard, but the team looks forward to competing in the Boston Sevens tournament next weekend.