PROVIDENCE RI -- It was a muddy day for rugby at Marvel field on the campus of Brown University as @brownrugby defeated @cornellrugby by a score of 27-15.
Brown scored the first fifteen points of the contest as the Brunos scored 2 trys and a penalty. Scumhalf Joey Paolino slid in for the first Brown try. Pete McHugh then notched a difficult kick to make it 7. Paolino then stole a pass and dished to Nkanyiso Nzimande who zoomed past Big Red defenders and into the try zone. Brown took a 15 to nothing lead as Pete McHugh bangs the ball through the uprights after a Cornell penalty.
Cornell drove down the field and found the edge of the try zone scoring in the corner. Cornell's missed conversion from the corner kept the score at 15-5 Brown.
The score remained 15-5 into halftime. The first 40 minutes were played primarily in the midfield in sloppy, muddy conditions.
Halftime Brown 15 - Cornell 5
Cornell immediately mounted a comeback in the second frame breaking through to score early. With the missed kick Brown remianed in a lead by a slim margin of 15-10.
Brown superstar Nick Hoynes then made a dynamic sidestep and took the ball to the house widening the score to 20-10 in favor of Brown.
Cornell continued to pressure Brown, keeping the game within a single score by scoring yet again. Brown was stil leading by the narrowest of margins 20-15.
Brown Senior John Landers scored the last try of the match in his last home game. The final was 27-15 after McHugh's successful kick.
Final Brown 27 - Cornell 15
Try Joey Paolino 5
Conversion Pete McHugh 2, 7-0 Brown
Try Nkanyiso Nzimande 5, 12-0 Brown
Penalty Pete McHugh 3, 15-0 Brown
Try Nick Hoynes 5, 20-10 Brown
Try John Landers 5, 25-15 Brown
Conversion Pete McHugh 2, 27-15 Brown
Cornell Travels to Brown
Coming off a tough loss against a very good team from Harvard, the Big Red is preparing hard this week to take on Brown in their third straight away game. Every week, the team is getting better by improving on different aspects of their game. Cornell feels they are peaking at a good time in the season with the unfortunate record of 1-3.
The roster from last week’s loss against Harvard is mostly unchanged. Additions to the team include Ryan Heavirland back from a brief time off and new to the starting lineup is 6’6” lock, Chris Johanson. The two will join senior standout and captain, Ethan Venosa at hooker to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball. Expect more dynamic action from John Schuler and Spencer Nagel in the forwards and Otto Godwin, Eddie Hogan and Ryo Inkyo in the backs.