Club Opens Spring Against Strong Cincy Side

The Cleveland Rugby Club fell to the Cincinnati Wolfhounds 27-10 yesterday. The Club stood toe-to-toe with the visiting team’s forwards, going hammer-and -tong at each other in crunching tackles and contested breakdowns. The home side’s backs appeared to be more than a match for their opposites, snuffing out their offense for the most part and converging on their speed merchants to eliminate their offensive strikes.

Mental errors and penalties piling up led to the Club’s downfall yesterday, though. The team fell back on old habits that led them to squandering scoring opportunities when deeply entrenched in enemy territory; and when the chips were down they let frustration get the better of them. Chirping at one another and the referee only added fuel to the frustration fire on Saturday and put the game out of reach.

The Club did have bright spots in their performance, though. The forwards more than held their own in the set pieces, standing firm in the scrums and stalling out the opposition mauls in lineouts. The back line executed plays with speed and passed with accuracy. All 15 men defended hard and never stopped playing.

Going forward, the Club’s players will look to continue to build on their conditioning and tighten up the intricacies of their play that make all the difference when the match is in the balance.

Practice goes as usual on Tuesday and Thursday as the team prepares for their annual pilgrimage to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University.

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Shots from the Road

The Cleveland Rugby Club traveled south to participate in Nash Bash 2015 with a measure of success. Plus sides: the Club bested the Chicago Blaze 30-24 and a good time was had by all. Down side: the Club members were stood up by the St. Louis Royals on Sunday so the trip’s competitive leg was incomplete.

All in all, everyone had a good time and stayed out of jail. Big thanks goes out to Nick Delguyd and Aaron Zone for coming down to help complete the team’s competitive and definitely social efforts.

Below are a few shots from the Club’s match and the social scene around the city.

Brandon Wolfe Makes the Tough Calls

Brandon Wolfe Makes the Tough Calls

Miles Stealing Ball from the Chicago Blaze

Miles Stealing Ball from the Chicago Blaze

Nick Musarra Doing the Tough Poaching Job on an Isolated Runner

Nick Musarra Doing the Tough Poaching Job on an Isolated Runner

 

Line-out Against Chicago Blaze

Line-out Against Chicago Blaze

Nashville... Before the Bash

Nashville… Before the Bash

Nash Bash 2015 Fields

Nash Bash 2015 Fields

Nash Bash 2015 from a Distance

Nash Bash 2015 from a Distance

Nash bash 2015 Banner

Nash bash 2015 Banner

Honky Tonk Central: Party HQ for Nash Bash 2015

Honky Tonk Central: Party HQ for Nash Bash 2015

Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville

 

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Schedule for the Club’s Southern Campaign Settled

The first part of the Nash Bach 2015 Tournament schedule.

The first part of the Nash Bach 2015 Tournament schedule.

The Cleveland Rugby Club kicks off their 2015 Spring Season on March 21 as they head down south to participate in the 2015 Nash Bash Tournament.

There will be no shortage of competition at this year’s competition and the Club has been lined up against two of the better squads in their bracket.

The Club starts off their weekend of rugby against the Chicago Blaze, a team some members might have only faced on the sevens circuit. The Blaze ended their Fall season with four wins and six losses, but they also compete against teams like Wisconsin and Metropolis. On the other hand, they beat the South Side Irish and Chicago Riot in close matches in 2014. Depending upon what form of the Blaze shows up and how the Club goes int o the match mentally, it could be a difficult day for the Cleveland Rugby Club on Saturday.

The second part of the Nash Bash Tournament 2015 Schedule.

The second part of the Nash Bash Tournament 2015 Schedule.

Sunday, they face off against the St. Louis Royals, a team that us a complete mystery to the Cleveland side. According to the team’s Web site, the Royals have put together an impressive string of wins going into the tournament, and they will have two matches under their belts when the weekend starts. The Royals have made a habit of putting up big scores against their competition while allowing them little, if any, opportunity to score. As stated before, the Royals have never matched wits with the Club so the outcome will be be very much up in the air.

What is for certain is that Nash Bash could go a long way towards getting the Spring started off right for the Club. Facing two tough mystery teams is exactly the test that the Cleveland Rugby Club needs before facing the devils they do know in the rest of the season. If the CRC can adapt and overcome in Nashville, there’s no reason they can’t have success in the remainder of their season.

 

Stay tuned for results. See you down south. See you at the Bash.

See you at the pitch.

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