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Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
Pittsburgh Harlequins
M Cima, J Brown (2), J Mbagwu, E Becton, C Kunkel, E Tack
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B Cima (7)
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Sat 9 Sep 13:30 - League

Gorge Begins Season with 49-28 Victory Over Pittsburgh

In a rematch of the spring's MAC Championship, Rocky Gorge starts new season with a 49-28 win against the Pittsburgh Harlequins

Excerpted from Rugby Today (http://www.rugbytoday.com/clubs/metropolis-rocky-gorge-take-charge-di-club):

In Columbia, Md., Rocky Gorge turned a tight game into a 21-point win against Pittsburgh in a rematch of the spring’s Mid-Atlantic finals. The Harlequins struck first with a long, 40-plus-phase drive to open the match with Brendan Stine dotting down the try. Gorge's Matias Cima and Stine then traded scores before Gorge went up at half, 21-14, with a score from flanker Jon Mbagwu.

In the second half, Josh Brown notched his second try of the game and Ben Cima’s fourth conversion extended the Gorge lead to 28-14. Pittsburgh fought back with tries from Ryan O’Kane and Mitch DePellegrini sandwiching a Eugene Becton score for Gorge. It looked like it would come to a tight finish, but Chris Kunkel’s try at 63’ was the back breaker and Gorge tacked on a exclamation point with a bit of champagne rugby six minutes later. With some brilliant passing in the backline, wing Erik Tack dotted down the score and Cima’s seventh conversion made the final margin of 49-28.

With a healthy mix of new players and Gorge vets, captain Josh Brown pointed to the first-year players as keys to the victory. “I think the new faces is what put us over the edge today,” he explained. “A lot of the older guys did what was expected, the new guys we weren’t as sure what they were going to do. Guys like Erik Tack out at wing made big plays that put us in scoring position and that’s promising. Eventually you need to rebuild, and while we’re rebuilding we still want to be the best in the Mid-Atlantic. ”

Key moments

3:00
Conversion Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
3:00
Try Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
9:00
Try Matias Cima scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
9:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
14:00
Conversion Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
14:00
Try Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
20:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
20:00
Try Josh Brown scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
31:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
31:00
Try Jonathan Mbagwu scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
44:00
Try Josh Brown scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
44:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
48:00
Conversion Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
48:00
Try Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
51:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
51:00
Try Eugene Becton scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
56:00
Try Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
56:00
Conversion Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
63:00
Try Chris Kunkel scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
63:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
69:00
Conversion Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
69:00
Try Erik Tack scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club

Highlights

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69:00 Conversion 49 - 28
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
69:00 Try 47 - 28
Erik Tack scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
66:00 Sub On
Matt Sarna is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
66:00 Sub Off
Dustin Meehan is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
65:00 Sub Off
Matthew Carroll is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
65:00 Sub On
Cordero Curry is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
65:00 Sub Off
Eugene Becton is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
65:00 Sub On
Khalid Epps is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
63:00 Conversion 37 - 28
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
63:00 Try 42 - 28
Chris Kunkel scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
58:00 Sub Off
Jonathan Mbagwu is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
58:00 Sub On
Prince Etim Eyo is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
56:00 Try 35 - 26
Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
56:00 Conversion 35 - 28
Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
53:00 Sub On
Kevin Jackson Jr. is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
53:00 Sub Off
Derrell Kittrell is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
51:00 Conversion 30 - 21
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
51:00 Try 35 - 21
Eugene Becton scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub On
Corey Boliek is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub On
Stephen Baradic is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub Off
Bryan Perez is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
50:00 Sub Off
Tonato Ayigah is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
48:00 Try 28 - 19
Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
48:00 Conversion 28 - 21
Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
44:00 Conversion 28 - 14
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
44:00 Try 26 - 14
Josh Brown scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
End of period 1
31:00 Try 19 - 14
Jonathan Mbagwu scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
31:00 Conversion 21 - 14
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
30:00 Sub Off
John Capobianco is substituted off for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
30:00 Sub On
Erik Tack is substituted on for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
20:00 Try 12 - 14
Josh Brown scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
20:00 Conversion 14 - 14
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
14:00 Try 7 - 12
Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
14:00 Conversion 7 - 14
Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
9:00 Try 7 - 7
Matias Cima scores for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
9:00 Conversion 2 - 7
Ben Cima kicks a conversion for Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
3:00 Try 0 - 7
Try for Pittsburgh Harlequins
3:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Conversion for Pittsburgh Harlequins
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Rocky Gorge Rugby Club
  • Pittsburgh Harlequins
  • 0
  • Try 3:00'
  • Conversion 3:00'
  • Matias Cima Try 9:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 9:00'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 14:00'
  • Josh Brown Try 20:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 20:00'
  • John Capobianco Sub Off 30:00'
  • Erik Tack Sub On 30:00'
  • Jonathan Mbagwu Try 31:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 31:00'
  • Josh Brown Try 44:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 44:00'
  • Conversion 48:00'
  • Try 48:00'
  • Tonato Ayigah Sub Off 50:00'
  • Bryan Perez Sub Off 50:00'
  • Stephen Baradic Sub On 50:00'
  • Corey Boliek Sub On 50:00'
  • Eugene Becton Try 51:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 51:00'
  • Derrell Kittrell Sub Off 53:00'
  • Kevin Jackson Jr. Sub On 53:00'
  • Try 56:00'
  • Conversion 56:00'
  • Jonathan Mbagwu Sub Off 58:00'
  • Prince Etim Eyo Sub On 58:00'
  • Chris Kunkel Try 63:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 63:00'
  • Matthew Carroll Sub Off 65:00'
  • Khalid Epps Sub On 65:00'
  • Eugene Becton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Cordero Curry Sub On 65:00'
  • Dustin Meehan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Matt Sarna Sub On 66:00'
  • Erik Tack Try 69:00'
  • Ben Cima Conversion 69:00'

Team selection

Kuhl, Nick Kuhl, Nick
Capobianco, John Capobianco, John
Kunkel, Chris Kunkel, Chris
Cima, Matias Cima, Matias
Becton, Eugene Becton, Eugene
Cima, Ben Cima, Ben
Sylor, Nick Sylor, Nick
Brown, Josh Brown, Josh
Mbagwu, Jonathan Mbagwu, Jonathan
Meehan, Dustin Meehan, Dustin
Kittrell, Derrell Kittrell, Derrell
Miller, Will Miller, Will
Ayigah, Tonato Ayigah, Tonato
Carroll, Matthew Carroll, Matthew
Perez, Bryan Perez, Bryan

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