Back in May, the International Rugby Board introduced new rules to the game (http://www.irblaws.com/EN/), including a change in the cadence for scrums. Scrums are now being set-up as “Crouch. Touch. Set.”, a rule that has proven will take time to get used to, especially for vet players.
On September 8th, BUWRFC recalled fond memories of waking up early by departing for UMass Amherst at the sweet hour of 6 A.M.. The full A side traveled for the two-day Beantown Tournament.
BUWRFC kicked off against UMass Amherst at 9 A.M. on Saturday, September 8. Although there had only been one official practice, the team showed they were ready for the upcoming season.
While returning players had trouble adjusting to new positions, a good back line and a defensive wall seemed to work well for BU as they shut out UMass 17-0.
Kendra Lenz (CFA ’13) proved her speed was still her biggest strength after using her footwork to get around UMass and adding two tries to her list. Outside center Izzy Zehner (CAS’14) contributed another try after hitting a gap in UMass’s defensive line. Flyhalf Dee Nash (SAR ’14) added 3 points with a successful conversion.
Freshman flanker, Alex Lawson (CAS ’16) earned the Player of the Day award by impressing her teammates and coaches with her intensity on the field and successful decision-making.
Final Score: 17-0 Boston University
The second game of the day kicked off at 11 a.m. against Yale. Forwards got a bit of a break after having scrums go uncontested, while backs Emma MacDonald (CAS ’13) and Alex Hubelbank (SAR ’14) earned the nickname “Blonde Ponytails of Doom” by Coach Nick because of their tackles completed repetitively. Whitely and MacDonald were successful in completing tries.
Final Score: 10-10 Tie
Although kickoff against UConn was at noon on Sunday, September 9, it was evident that the team was feeling the aftermath of the previous day’s games. Despite being sore, the team managed to get a few tries on the scoreboard, again by Lenz and another by 8-Man Adaeze Olugbemi (CAS ’15). Conversions were completed by freshman wing, Abby Waliga (CAS ’16).
Sophomore, Noel Coleman received the Player of the Game award for her strength in tackling and success in her first game as a front row.
Final Score: 19-12 UConn
BU finished in third place overall in the Tournament.