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Match Report for

Charles River Women (1st) vs. Portland Women (1st)
09 September 2017

Location: There is parking either side of the bath house on William J. Day Boulevard; if William J. Day Boulevard is closed, then there is also parking on Old Colony Avenue.

Charles River Women: 19    Portland Women: 19

Early season match, Portland came down with 16 and Charles River had what looked like two full sides. Sunny in the upper 60s with a small breeze coming at an angle across a poorly lined pitch.

The first ten minutes of the match took place between the 22s, neither team able to run more than a few phases before the ball was turned over or knocked on. At 13 minutes the Portland 13 had space in front of her around midfield and ran it right up the middle touching down for a converted try. The next 40 minutes favored River as their pack controlled open play, they were able to play positive rugby on both sides of the ball and by putting Portland on their heels they scored 3 tries (2 converted) in that time span; Portland was yellow carded for not retreating to the goal line following a penalty inside 5 meter and during the player advantage one of the River centers cut between two defenders for a try. As the River forwards continued to draw in defenders they eventually spun the ball out and went for the corner flag from about midfield, in a valiant attempt to save the try the Portland fullback pulled the River winger down and brought her in to touch, unfortunately for her she pulled the ball carrier down from over the shoulders and a penalty try was awarded and a yellow card earned. The third try was early in the second half while River was still a player up, once again using forward pressure to set up their backs.

The damage could have been far worse but strong scrummaging and lineout play from Portland kept the match close.

The last 30 minutes were very entertaining with Portland able to shift momentum, they used their backline to spread the filed and had numerous long runs capitalizing twice, finally bringing the game to a 19-19 score with 6 minutes left. In the remaining time portland had a couple more opportunities to score but were unable to and a fantastic match ended in a draw.

Many of the players demonstrated a high level of rugby but players of note were CR 15, 8, and left winger and Portland 9, 13, and 15. The overall penalty count was on the high side, and the infractions were mixed as many penalties were from experienced players pushing the boundaries of the law book and many others seemed to be from not knowing their responsibilities as tackler, tackled player, or player arriving to tackle area/ruck.

Two penalties for backchat, Portland prop and Charles River right wing

Referee: Akira Do