NYRC finishes D2 regular season with convincing win at White Plains
Five-try first half barrage set the tone as NYRC put their upstate rivals to the sword 48-26.
The NYRC division two squad traveled out of the five boroughs seeking to avenge one of their two losses this season. A strong White Plains side sat even on points with Fairfield and NYRC at the top of the league table at the start of the day, but they wouldn't be able to repeat their September performance. NYRC announced its intentions from the opening kick-off, and Rico Rosa dotted down barely a minute into the game. Andrew Magowan's boot proved reliable as ever with the conversion, as the first quarter of the match proved to be all NYRC. A barrage of tries by Mitch Irwin in the 6th minute, Mohamed Osman in the 10th, and Sean Farrow in 18th saw the blue and orange claim an early bonus point and a 28-nil advantage with Magowan chipping in all the extras.
White Plains did manage to settle and score a converted try in the 33rd minute, but it only stemmed the flood temporarily. Magowan replied with a 35th-minuted penalty, and then he added his name to the list of try-scorers a minute later. In what must have been a blush of humility, he left this conversion on the table. Even so, a dominant first 40 minutes took NYRC into the intermission with a 36-7 lead.
White Plains came out of the break and established a much better performance for 20 minutes. Converted tries in the 49th and 54th minutes gave the hosts faint hope of a comeback. But, a pair of forward substitutions restored the steel in NYRC's spine and snuffed out the rally. Irwin crashed over for his second converted try in the 63rd minute, and AARON LUPARI answered a 70th minute White Plains effort with a try of his own in the 74th minute. Even without this final conversion, NYRC eased back to the bus with a convincing 48-26 victory that temporarily put them on top of the table.
With the fall season in the books for the D2 squad, NYRC finds itself in the clubhouse with a 6-2 record and 31 points thanks to 7 bonus points. White Plains is now four points back thanks to the bonus point for their final try, and they host Fairfield Yankees in a crucial final match next weekend. The Yankees entered the weekend with 26 points, an unassailable point differential, and a match away to a New Haven team that has yet to tally a win. With a chance to finish anywhere from first to third at the time of this report, NYRC will watch with bated breath next week as its final position is decided in Westchester. Even with a third-place finish NYRC have ensure a playoff spot as the seventh seed, but landing in second would likely bring the fourth seed and a home playoff against the second-place finishers from New Jersey.
Tries: Rosa (2'), Irwin (6', 63'), Osman (10'), Farrow (18'), Magowan (36'), Lupari (74')
Conversions: Magowan (2', 6', 10', 18', 63')
Penalties: Magowan (35')