By Jack Rice ‘19
On Thursday, the Crusader JV rugby team defeated the Fenwick Friars 49-10.
Coming into the game, the Crusaders were confident that they would be victorious. Along with home field advantage, they had the experience of two shortened games already this season. Now, they had the chance to play under the lights as the only game of the night.
And they took advantage of the spotlight.
The Crusaders scored early and often, with an early try coming from junior wing Colin Condon. After a tackle knocked the ball free, Condon recovered it, stepped two defenders, and dove in for a try. “I saw a loose ball and my instincts kicked in,” said Condon after the play.
Junior locke Caleb Stobbs proved to be an unstoppable force on the field, trucking defenders one second and taking down ball carriers the next. He scored three tries for the Crusaders, all of which on impressive, powerful runs. “Stobb’s was absolutely unstoppable tonight,” said Coach Jack Sullivan. “No one could bring him down.”
Defensively, senior forwards Jalen Rheams and Ian Conlon played exceptionally. From huge tackles to counter-rucking, the two were all over the Friar offense. “Rheams and Conlon were like a stone wall out there,” said senior back Tim Desmond. “Nothing could get through.”
An explosive try from senior hooker Jessi Plunkett sealed the deal in the second half. Junior forward Sean Corbett nailed his final kick of the night, and the buzzer sounded.
The Crusaders play this Thursday vs. Saint Ignatius. Varsity is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m.