NYRC rise to the Challenge
NYRC DIII started the inaugural Challenge Cup competition with a bang winning a pulsating game 24-21 away to Greenwich.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout with both sides having to adapt to some outdated applications of the laws. New York opened the scoring 10 minutes into the first half when Andrew Schwartz, who carried fantastically well all game, managed to crash through the Greenwich line to make it 5-0. Greenwich came back up the field and set up base in the New York half, eventually going over to make it 5-7. New York managed to pull the lead back a few minutes later. Greenwich defended their line with multiple tackles before the forwards managed to recycle it and put prop John McAufille over in the corner to make it 10-7 at the break.
The 2nd half began with Greenwich punishing some tired defending to pull into the lead at 10-14. Shortly afterwards however DIII regained the lead. The referee adjudged the kick chasers to be offside and awarded a penalty 10 metres out. Fly half Charlie Stanley took a quick tap and ran over unopposed as Greenwich failed to react. Graeme Braidwood added the extras to make it 17-14. Greenwich took the lead with 20 minutes left and it was a carbon copy of the previous New York try with the referee punishing the kick chasers. Greenwichs prop crashed over from a quick tap and put Greenwich into a four point lead. With 7 minutes left however it would be New York who would seal victory with a great counter attack. After poaching the ball in their own half Stanley found Kendall Nunn who tore through 4 of the opposition back line with a powerful run before popping out wide for Will Hutch to run in the winning try in the corner. Braidwood put the icing on the cake with a sumptiois touchline conversion to see the game end with NYRC getting a bonus point win on the board in their opening pool game.
Next week they will travel up to Buffalo to play Southtowns in the 2nd pool game.