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Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
Rocky Gorge RFC
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N Kuhl (2), W Miller, M Tillman (2), S Wheeler
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N Kuhl (4)
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Sat 6 May 15:00 - Tournament

Rocky Gorge Repeats as DI Mid-Atlantic Champions

Rocky Gorge Repeats as DI Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions with 38-15 win over Pittsburgh Harlequins. Congrats to Rocky Gorge for its seventh straight appearance in Nationals.

As featured on Rugby Today: http://www.rugbytoday.com/clubs/rocky-gorge-repeats-di-mid-atlantic-champ

In the DI Mid-Atlantic Conference Finals, Rocky Gorge preserved its reign as defending MAC champions and earned its trip back to Nationals with a 38-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Harlequins. Seventeen penalties in the first half limited Gorge to a 7-3 advantage at halftime. However, Gorge solved its issues and opened the second half with four straight tries to break the game open. Gorge will now travel to Founders Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. on May 20th for the National Quarterfinals against the Midwest Champion, the Chicago Lions.

When asked what the main difference between the halves was, Gorge head coach Nick DiMichele said, “Turnovers, penalties, and possession. [It was a team effort as] our tight five controlled the set piece and our back row covered the field. The backs attacked with a dangerous pace and made the right choices.”

At Dorey Park in Richmond, Va., each team got off to a poor start. After several Gorge penalties stalled its progress, a penalty off a five-meter scrum turned into forward pick. The ball was swung out the backs where fullback Nick Kuhl found a gap for the self-converted try.

Rocky Gorge’s defense prevented Pittsburgh from making any serious moves in the half, but its high penalty count thwarted any effort to improve the score in the period. The Harlequins finally got into scoring position after a high tackle and Ted Sheedy slotted the penalty to cut the lead to 7-3. The score remained the same going into halftime.

At the break, the main focus in the Gorge huddle was reducing penalties and turnovers. “We let the players speak, everyone knew the issues,” DiMichele said of halftime. “Our defense in the first half was outstanding.”

Gorge came out of the break on a mission. Lock Will Miller was first on the board running straight through the middle of the defense for a 20-meter scamper and then it was the Mike Tillman show. Off the restart, the ball was spun wide to Tillman who kicked and chased and then kicked again, catching, spinning, then diving in for the try. Kuhl nailed both conversions for the 21-3 lead.

When a Pittsburgh player was sin binned for offsides when Gorge was threatening, the defending DI MAC Champion pounced scoring twice in ten minutes. Kuhl and Tillman scored their second tries during the man advantage to extend the lead to 31-3.

Once back to full strength, Pittsburgh pulled together and scored back-to-back triesby Robbie Roach and Luke Titus. Gorge responded with a multiple phase attack culminating in a Scotty Wheeler dot down. The Gorge defense clamped down on Pittsburgh the rest of the way for the 38-15 win.

Speaking of his team’s performance, Pittsburgh captain Luke Titus said, “It was a good game all the way up until halftime. After halftime, I don’t know what we were thinking. We came out really flat and they advantage of it and ran two quick ones in. Stupid penalties don’t help when you play a man down against these guys. They exploit the space and it’s pretty hard to come back from that.”

As for Gorge’s next opponent, the Chicago Lions defeated Columbus, 33-20, to win the Midwest Championship. In order for Gorge to advance to the semifinals, DiMichele said his squad “must limit our penalty count and turnovers to be able to survive. A good team will make you pay for that every time. When we have the ball, we can be dangerous and score from anywhere. Our defense needs to play like we did today.”

Key moments

9:00
Try Nick Kuhl scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
9:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
16:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
42:00
Try William Miller scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
42:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00
Try Michael Tillman scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
51:00
Try Nick Kuhl scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
54:00
Try Michael Tillman scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
57:00
Try Try for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
62:00
Try Try for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
62:00
Conversion Conversion for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
70:00
Try Scott Wheeler scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
70:00
Conversion Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC

Highlights

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70:00 Conversion 15 - 38
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
70:00 Try 15 - 36
Scott Wheeler scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
66:00 Sub Off
Dustin Meehan is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
66:00 Sub On
Corey Boliek is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
63:00 Sub Off
Tonato Ayigah is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
63:00 Sub On
Derrell Kittrell is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
62:00 Conversion 15 - 31
Conversion for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
62:00 Try 13 - 31
Try for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
60:00 Sub Off
Brady Smith is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
60:00 Sub Off
Matthew Carroll is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
60:00 Sub On
Nick DiMichele is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
60:00 Sub On
Eugene Becton is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub On
Zach Gerber is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub Off
Nick Sylor is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub On
Chris Kunkel is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub Off
Ben Cima is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub Off
Dustin Meehan is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub On
Matt Burns is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub On
Kevin Jackson Jr. is substituted on for Rocky Gorge RFC
58:00 Sub Off
James Rehak is substituted off for Rocky Gorge RFC
57:00 Try 8 - 31
Try for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
54:00 Try 3 - 31
Michael Tillman scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
51:00 Try 3 - 26
Nick Kuhl scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00 Conversion 3 - 21
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
44:00 Try 3 - 19
Michael Tillman scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
42:00 Conversion 3 - 14
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
42:00 Try 3 - 12
William Miller scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
End of period 1
16:00 Penalty 3 - 7
Penalty kicked for Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
9:00 Try 0 - 7
Nick Kuhl scores for Rocky Gorge RFC
9:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Nick Kuhl kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge RFC
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As it happened

  • Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships - Pittsburgh Harlequins
  • Rocky Gorge RFC
  • 0
  • Nick Kuhl Try 9:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 9:00'
  • Penalty 16:00'
  • William Miller Try 42:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 42:00'
  • Michael Tillman Try 44:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 44:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Try 51:00'
  • Michael Tillman Try 54:00'
  • Try 57:00'
  • Chris Kunkel Sub On 58:00'
  • Nick Sylor Sub Off 58:00'
  • Zach Gerber Sub On 58:00'
  • Ben Cima Sub Off 58:00'
  • James Rehak Sub Off 58:00'
  • Matt Burns Sub On 58:00'
  • Kevin Jackson Jr. Sub On 58:00'
  • Dustin Meehan Sub Off 58:00'
  • Brady Smith Sub Off 60:00'
  • Eugene Becton Sub On 60:00'
  • Nick DiMichele Sub On 60:00'
  • Matthew Carroll Sub Off 60:00'
  • Try 62:00'
  • Conversion 62:00'
  • Tonato Ayigah Sub Off 63:00'
  • Derrell Kittrell Sub On 63:00'
  • Dustin Meehan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Corey Boliek Sub On 66:00'
  • Scott Wheeler Try 70:00'
  • Nick Kuhl Conversion 70:00'

Team selection

Kuhl, Nick Kuhl, Nick
Capobianco, John Capobianco, John
Cima, Matias Cima, Matias
Tillman, Michael Tillman, Michael
Smith, Brady Smith, Brady
Cima, Ben Cima, Ben
Sylor, Nick Sylor, Nick
Brown, Josh Brown, Josh
Meehan, Dustin Meehan, Dustin
Wheeler, Scott Wheeler, Scott
Rehak, James Rehak, James
Miller, William Miller, William
Ayigah, Tonato Ayigah, Tonato
Carroll, Matthew Carroll, Matthew
Anderson, Erik Anderson, Erik

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