PERC had an excellent weekend of rugby all around, with both the Division 1 and Division 2 side winning their matches against a strong Schuylkill River club. Grit and game management were the determining factors that lead PERC to its first league victory of the season. Both sides showed strength in rucking and defensive play, and the game management by the both sides’ 9’s and 10’s was superb.
Division 2 Final Score: PERC 36 – Schuylkill River 19
The game started off with strong play by both teams, and it was PERC who capitalized first with a try by Mike Minchik who powered his way through the line in the opening ten minutes. PERC kept Schuylkill at bay with strong tackling and rucking in the midfield, and controlled the game when they had possession. Leading the way on defense was the sure tackling Ed Sharkey, who made sure the defensive alignment was tight and aggressive. Next on the board was Blazer with a great cutter run from the back line, slipping through tackles on his way to the try zone. With momentum in their favor, PERC capitalized on a offensive zone scrum where J’son Townes took a pass off the scrummy and broke three tackles on his way to a try between the posts. After a turnover, and strong possession at midfield, PERC was able to spread the ball with great passing through the hands to Alfred on the wing who beat a defender and finished with a 40 meter try. The final try of the match came off a great series of ball movement, and was finished by Miller who received and great offload and took the ball for a try.
Division 1 Final Score: PERC 29 – Schuylkill River 27
This was a hard fought match with both sides trading great offensive halves, and PERC ending up victorious due to there determination and game management. Opening the scoring early was Gabe with a strong run off a short pass from a ruck close in on the to Schuylkill’s try line. After solid offensive regroup, PERC was again deep in Schuylkill territory where the forwards took over. From a pick and go Guy was able to power his way through defenders and dot the ball down. Chris Saint lead the offense as a general on the field with great ball management and field awareness. Next on the score sheet was Whalen, who scored a great try after PERC won a crucial scrum in the offensive territory. Quigley, had a great match with a spectacular display of kicking for territory and setting up his fellow backs. The final score came after a great scramble by Saint through six defenders and offloading to Joenell who could not be caught on his way to into the try zone. In the second half Schuylkill began to show life with a few consecutive tries and strong offensive play, but PERC’s defense made sure they fell short of a victory.