Univ. of Cinci Recap 10/21/2014
Reds Rugby took on neighboring rivals, the Cincinnati Bearcats. Both the UC and Miami Rugby Clubs are fairly familiar with one another. Each team has competed a multitude of times through the span of their respective 7‘‘s and 15‘‘s seasons. After unfavorable conditions at NIU and a bye week, the Reds were excited to be back in Oxford for their final home matchup of the MAC season. Miami and UC would battle in the middle of the field - a back and forth match of disciplined defense.
The Reds would soon find themselves in possession of a line out within the 5 metre line. Unable to punch through the Bearcat defensive line, the Reds would take back-to-back high percentage penalty conversion kicks from Senior Captain and Fullback, Connor Murray. Miami‘‘s offense started to produce on crisp back line schemes orchestrated by Fly Half James Taylor, having returned to the starting line-up after a knee injury early on in the season.
Stout defensive pressure and self-inflicted penalties restricted UC from much offensive fluency in the first half, coming up scoreless 40 minutes into the game. Miami continued to capitalize on UC misplays and great follow-up support from ball carriers leading 33-0. Having seized a commanding lead deep into the second half. In the end, the Reds secured a 41-17 victory over Cincinnati. Miami prepares for their MAC playoff seeding game vs a difficult Dayton team next Saturday.
Man of the Match: James Taylor
New to both America and the Miami Reds this season, British-born Man of the Match Fly Half, James Taylor‘‘s reemerging presence on the field helped to open up numerous passing lanes for the Miami back line attack. Jumping back into the swing of things after an injury earlier this season, James looks to add even more weapons to the Miami offense headed into playoff contention.