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Division III Side - Match centre

Reading RFC - MAC Championships
Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
Tries
W Lomax, A Raymond (2), M Phillips, B Bush
Conversions
C Bleiler (2)
Penalties
C Bleiler
Sun 15 May 12:00 - Tournament Full time

DIII Secures First Mid-Atlantic Championship with Double Win Weekend

On Saturday, Rocky Gorge beat the Washington Renegades in the Semifinals and on Sunday, DIII completed its task defeating Reading in the Finals.

The hardest working teams of the Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend were in the DIII as Reading, Newport News, Rocky Gorge, and the Washington Renegades competed on Sunday in the semifinals and in the final on Sunday. Rocky Gorge extended its winning streak to seven games with a 34-23 victory over the Washington Renegades to make the final and Reading completed an epic comeback over Newport News to win in overtime, 76-55.

In the semifinal, Reading was down 43-14 at the half and scored six tries to one in the second half after Newport incurred two red cards for fighting. Reading tied it up at 50-50 at the end of regulation and outscored its opponent, 26-5 in the last twenty minutes. Reading President Dean Andes said, “it was probably the comeback of the century. As a club, we’ve never been down by 29 points. We kept our cool, played phase rugby, and just pulled together as group. We played our game, played physical rugby, and we did a great job as a team.”

In the DIII final between Rocky Gorge and Reading, the game was competitive in the first half as Gorge led 19-12 at the end of the period. Gorge put in three tries and a PK to two scores from Reading in the second half to take home the second trophy for the club.

Division III Side v MAC Championships - 15th May 2016
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“It was back and forth,” Gorge captain Chris Blieler said. “It was a tie game at 12-12 and we were able to pull ahead. Credit to our guys because late in the half, we spent a good 15 minutes on our goal line where we didn’t give up a try. The defense definitely stepped it up in the face of two early injuries. The guys came together to play some solid defense to keep us in the game in the first half and have the lead at halftime.”

William Lomax, Aki Raymond (2), Matt Phillips, and Bill Bush scored for Rocky Gorge and captain Chris Bleiler kicked two conversions and a penalty. For Reading, Thomas Sauppee (2), Brandon Weller, and Cody McMullen each had tries and Nathan Reed was good for one conversion.

“Our bench, especially Bill Bush and Tyler Tippett, stepped up when guys went down,” Bleiler said. “Aki [Raymond] had a tremendous game on the wing and Lomax had runs all over the place and making tackles everywhere. Cordell [Drummond] and his defense was a standout as he played all 160 minutes this weekend. It was really a team victory to be able to do what we did today.”

“It was a pretty close game, back and forth,” Andes stated. “[Gorge] had some real big speed on the outside, otherwise I thought it was a pretty evenly matched game.”

As for the DIII National Quarterfinals in Pittsburgh, both Rocky Gorge and Reading will prepare for the next round until told otherwise. A determination by USA Rugby should be made in the next 48 hours.

- See more at: http://www.rugbytoday.com/clubs/rocky-gorge-wilmington-advance-nationals-mac-diii-be-determined-0#sthash.Fb5zF0fN.dpuf

Key moments

3:00
Try William Lomax scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
29:00
Try Akinola Raymond scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
29:00
Conversion Chris Bleiler kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
34:00
Try Matthew Phillips scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
34:00
Conversion Chris Bleiler kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
46:00
Penalty Chris Bleiler kicks a penalty for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
61:00
Try Akinola Raymond scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
69:00
Try Bill Bush scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club

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Highlights

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70:00 Sub On
John Long is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
70:00 Sub Off
Akinola Raymond is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
70:00 Sub Off
Matthew Phillips is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
70:00 Sub On
Arya Koolaee is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
69:00 Try 0 - 32
Bill Bush scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
61:00 Try 0 - 27
Akinola Raymond scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub Off
Scott Hutchison is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub On
Tyler Savoye is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
46:00 Penalty 0 - 22
Chris Bleiler kicks a penalty for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
45:00 Sub On
Matthew Dwyer is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
45:00 Sub Off
Nadir Mechairia is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Chris Bleiler kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
34:00 Try 0 - 17
Matthew Phillips scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
31:00 Sub On
Tyler Tippett is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
31:00 Sub Off
Wilson Campbell Jr. is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
29:00 Try 0 - 10
Akinola Raymond scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
29:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Chris Bleiler kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
25:00 Sub Off
Quentin Koonce is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
25:00 Sub On
Bill Bush is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
3:00 Try 0 - 5
William Lomax scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
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As it happened

  • Reading RFC - MAC Championships
  • Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
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  • William Lomax Try 3:00'
  • Quentin Koonce Sub Off 25:00'
  • Bill Bush Sub On 25:00'
  • Akinola Raymond Try 29:00'
  • Chris Bleiler Conversion 29:00'
  • Wilson Campbell Jr. Sub Off 31:00'
  • Tyler Tippett Sub On 31:00'
  • Matthew Phillips Try 34:00'
  • Chris Bleiler Conversion 34:00'
  • Nadir Mechairia Sub Off 45:00'
  • Matthew Dwyer Sub On 45:00'
  • Chris Bleiler Penalty 46:00'
  • Scott Hutchison Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tyler Savoye Sub On 50:00'
  • Akinola Raymond Try 61:00'
  • Bill Bush Try 69:00'
  • Akinola Raymond Sub Off 70:00'
  • John Long Sub On 70:00'
  • Matthew Phillips Sub Off 70:00'
  • Arya Koolaee Sub On 70:00'

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Team selection

Phillips, Matthew Phillips, Matthew
Peroutka, Pat Peroutka, Pat
Mechairia, Nadir Mechairia, Nadir
Drummond, Cordell Drummond, Cordell
Raymond, Akinola Raymond, Akinola
Bleiler, Chris Bleiler, Chris
Watson, Neil Watson, Neil
Lomax, William Lomax, William
Perrault, Philip Perrault, Philip
Koonce, Quentin Koonce, Quentin
Campbell Jr., Wilson Campbell Jr., Wilson
Rankin, Korey Rankin, Korey
Hutchison, Scott Hutchison, Scott
Herd, Zack Herd, Zack
Drury, Jackson Drury, Jackson
Rocky Gorge Rugby Club

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