September 30, 2013
Wisconsin Rugby Club races past Eastside Banshees 51-0.
The Mighty Wisconsin Rugby Club (WRC) took to their beautiful home grounds at the Wisconsin Rugby Club Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, WI to face the unbeaten Eastside Banshees (4-0) of Minneapolis, MN.
Thirty MPH wind gusts proved to be haphazard for anyone attempting kicks or wide passes. The match was scoreless the first twenty minutes, then, shortly after a Miles Jobke penalty kick, Flanker Mike Price evaded multiple defenders to scored the first of what would end up being eight tries. (Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdw1BoOVZIE)
The Wisconsin Rugby Club used the gusting first half tailwind to lead 17-0 at halftime. Facing a second half headwind, Inside Center Phil Winkler’s brilliant try scoring effort set the tone for the Mighty WRC. (Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yBtxcTl2ak)
Phil Winkler’s try opened the floodgates for the WRC. Team Captain Jake Winkler scored shortly after his brother Phil, in a second half which saw the WRC score at will.
An unrelenting WRC defense lead to a turnover, which Phil Winkler scooped up and dashed 50 meters before offloading to Garett Donath. (Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7K9dI3q2uU)
Off the ensuing restart Donath cemented himself as Man of the Match – scoring past the defense for his second try of the day. (Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlUW1a22PHs)
The 51-0 rout was completed with try scoring efforts from Scrumhalf Cody Moran-Guevara and Prop Forward Jim Sturm.
Run CMG – http://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=Wmoqpsmbm9A Sturm finishes the day – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEO89vm2Ka4
The defending National Champion Wisconsin Rugby Club stand alone atop the Midwest standings with a 5-0 record, having scored an astounding thirty-eight tries in their first five matches.
After Saturday’s dominating performance, Director of Rugby Sean Cullen reflected with optimism:
“We are proud of how the team has competed the first five games of the season. We have accomplished several of the goals established by the team at the beginning of the season. However, we have not met all our expectations for this season and hope to continue improving throughout the fall and into the spring.”
WRC Scoring Summary vs. Eastside Banshees
Tries: Price, Sturm(2), P. Winkler, J. Winkler, Donath (2), Moran-Guevara
Conversions: Jobke (4)
The Wisconsin Rugby Club (WRC) are a USA Rugby Division II amateur Rugby Club with a sustained history of success including:
2013 National Champions
2012 National Champion Runner-Up
2008 3rd Place National Finals
1998 National Champions
1997 4th Place National Finals