Division I Side - Match centre

Rocky Gorge RFC
Norfolk Blues
B Smith (2), B Perez, D Kittrell
Full time
Unknown, Unknown
N Kuhl (2)
Unknown
N Kuhl
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Sat 22 Apr 13:00 - League

Rocky Gorge Closes Out the Season with a 27-18 Win Over Norfolk

Rocky Gorge picks up its 11th victory of the season ahead of its Mid-Atlantic Conference Semifinal against the same opponent from Saturday, the Norfolk Blues.

As reported on by Rugby Today: http://www.rugbytoday.com/clubs/rocky-gorge-schuylkill-victorious-mac-playoff-previews

In Columbia, Md., Rocky Gorge survived a scare from an intense Norfolk team. The Blues went up 10-0 with a quick-tap try from #10 Jake Humphrey, Humphrey’s conversion, then a penalty kick from the big flyhalf.

Rocky Gorge answered with a long rumbling try from Brady Smith, who leaked out from prop to flanker to wing as the season progressed. Another Humphrey PK before the break put the visitors up 13-5 at the half.

Norfolk Blues at Rocky Gorge
51 photos

Gorge kept pounding away with its forwards early in the second and was eventually rewarded with a try from prop Bryan Perez. Nick Kuhl converted and hit a penalty to put the home team ahead, 15-13. Kuhl then hit Smith with an inside pop for the try to extend the lead, 20-13.

Gorge put this one away with an offload from captain and eightman Josh Brown to Derrell Kittrell, converted by Kuhl to go up 27-13. Norfolk fought to the end with a try at 73’ from eightman Eric Hagen. The Blues regained possession and were knocking on the door deep inside Gorge territory. Unfortunately, a penalty gave possession back to the hosts, who booted the ball into touch to end the game.

“Norfolk played strong in defense and made us earn every inch,” said Rocky Gorge coach Nick DiMichele. “They are a physical and well-coached team and the difference in this match was possession... We will focus on Norfolk and nothing else [this week at training]. We know they will come back stronger next week.”

When asked about how his team could earn the playoff win Norfolk coach Chris Porter pointed to possession and patience, especially when his team is in the scoring zone.

“I think when we get inside the 22, we have to be patient. We get inside the 22 and we think we can just score on every single phase instead of running the pattern that got us down there. If it takes us 18, 19 phases, we have to know that that’s a good thing. One, it keeps the ball with us and two, it keeps the ball away from them.”

These two clubs will meet again on Saturday in Columbia.

Key moments

3:00
Conversion Conversion for Norfolk Blues
3:00
Try Try for Norfolk Blues
14:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Norfolk Blues
20:00
Try Brady Smith scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Norfolk Blues
44:00
Try Bryan Perez scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
54:00
Penalty Nick Kuhl kicks a penalty for Rocky Gorge RFC
59:00
Try Brady Smith scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
59:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
69:00
Try Derrell Kittrell scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
74:00
Try Try for Norfolk Blues

Videos and photos

Norfolk Blues at Rocky Gorge
51 photos

Highlights

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74:00 Try 27 - 18
Try for Norfolk Blues
70:00 Sub On
Nick Capobianco is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
70:00 Sub Off
Chris Kunkel is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
69:00 Try 27 - 13
Derrell Kittrell scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
61:00 Sub On
Nick DiMichele is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
61:00 Sub Off
Dustin Meehan is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
59:00 Conversion 22 - 13
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
59:00 Try 20 - 13
Brady Smith scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
55:00 Sub Off
Scott Wheeler is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
55:00 Sub On
Matt Burns is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
54:00 Penalty 15 - 13
Nick Kuhl kicks a penalty for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub Off
Kevin Jackson Jr. is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub On
Derrell Kittrell is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub On
Erik Anderson is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub Off
James Rehak is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub On
Corey Boliek is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
50:00 Sub Off
Tonato Ayigah is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00 Conversion 12 - 13
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00 Try 10 - 13
Bryan Perez scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
42:00 Sub On
Eugene Becton is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
42:00 Sub Off
Eoghan Doherty is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 5 - 13
Penalty kicked for Norfolk Blues
20:00 Try 5 - 10
Brady Smith scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
14:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Penalty kicked for Norfolk Blues
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Norfolk Blues
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Norfolk Blues
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Rocky Gorge RFC
  • Norfolk Blues
  • 0
  • Conversion 3:00'
  • Try 3:00'
  • Penalty 14:00'
  • Brady Smith Try 20:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Eoghan Doherty Sub Off 42:00'
  • Eugene Becton Sub On 42:00'
  • Bryan Perez Try 44:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 44:00'
  • Tonato Ayigah Sub Off 50:00'
  • Corey Boliek Sub On 50:00'
  • James Rehak Sub Off 50:00'
  • Erik Anderson Sub On 50:00'
  • Derrell Kittrell Sub On 50:00'
  • Kevin Jackson Jr. Sub Off 50:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Penalty 54:00'
  • Scott Wheeler Sub Off 55:00'
  • Matt Burns Sub On 55:00'
  • Brady Smith Try 59:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 59:00'
  • Dustin Meehan Sub Off 61:00'
  • Nick DiMichele Sub On 61:00'
  • Derrell Kittrell Try 69:00'
  • Chris Kunkel Sub Off 70:00'
  • Nick Capobianco Sub On 70:00'
  • Try 74:00'

Team selection

Kuhl, Nick Kuhl, Nick
Smith, Brady Smith, Brady
Cima, Matias Cima, Matias
Doherty, Eoghan Doherty, Eoghan
Capobianco, John Capobianco, John
Kunkel, Chris Kunkel, Chris
Sylor, Nick Sylor, Nick
Brown, Josh Brown, Josh
Meehan, Dustin Meehan, Dustin
Wheeler, Scott Wheeler, Scott
Rehak, James Rehak, James
Jackson Jr., Kevin Jackson Jr., Kevin
Perez, Bryan Perez, Bryan
Carroll, Matthew Carroll, Matthew
Ayigah, Tonato Ayigah, Tonato

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