Thirsty Thirds fall short in first game
New York managed to field a full 3rd XV sides for the first time in 5 years and they gave a spirited performance in a 41-17 loss to a well drilled, quick and physical Danbury "B" side.
With many guys making NYRC debuts the first half lacked structure and Danbury were quick to punish any mistakes using their strong pack to make yards and putting their backs into space . A mixture of quality attacking and lacklustre tackling saw Danbury score 5 tries in the opening half and take a lead of 29-0 into the break. A lot of the first up tackles left a lot to be desired but credit must go to the Danbury backs who punished the mistakes routinely in the opening half.
Danbury opened the scoring in the 2nd half and it started to look like a big score was about to be run up. However it was to be the Thirsty Thirds who would go on to put in a strong 2nd half. Cesar Rosado got the first points on the scoreboard with a scintillating solo effort from 40 yards out. Seeing a gap between 9 and the pack he stepped into the gap and put on the burners to score. Captain Dean Ashton added the conversion. A few minutes later NYRC were over for another try. Anthony Marino made good yards off the lineout before passing to Rosado who almost broke through. Although he was tackled he managed to pop off to Ashton who hit Dave Gore on a crash ball who eventually dotted down. With the clock running down Rosado capitalized on some messy ball to scoot out wide to score his 2nd. Danbury closed out the scoring with a big drive from the forwards getting their pack a well deserved try to end the game 41-17.
Although the result wasn't what the guys wanted it was great to have a 3rd XV out representing NYRC. With a few more games on the horizon this spring the club looks in great shape