Defensive errors on each side of halftime cause problems for Milwaukee-area rugby team.

Milwaukee Barbarians Rugby travelled to Davenport, IA on Saturday to take on the Palmer Dragons in week 3 of the USA Rugby Divison 1 league.

In the first quarter, play was even on both sides of the ball with the Dragons scoring a clever chip-over try. Milwaukee responded with a well-weighted kick behind the hosts defensive line that was collected and dotted-down by center Matt Drzewiecki.

After 20 minutes, fly-half Nick Vigder slotted a penalty to bring the Barbarians ahead 10-8.

But the Dragons put in two converted tries at the 32- and 43-minute marks, bringing the score to 25-10.

Undaunted, the Milwaukee defense kicked back into gear and gave the offense the time and possession needed to narrow the score. With a try by flanker Joe Grams and a conversion and penalty kick by Vigder, the match was up-for-grabs with the Dragons ahead by just 25-20. 

With 10 minutes remaining, Palmer screened a short pass to an inside runner just 10 meters from the try line and barreled over to score. The Palmer defense held on for the win: final score 30-20.

Roster

  • # 1 King, Damon
  • # 2 Smolensky, Eric
  • # 3 Holstine, Benjamin
  • # 4 Bastian, Benjamin
  • # 5 Schwalbe, Ray
  • # 6 Grams, Joseph
  • # 7 Gray, David
  • # 8 Smith, Benjamin
  • # 9 Patterson, Justin
  • # 10 Vigder, Nick
  • # 11 Bartlett, Robert
  • # 12 Bell, Dustin
  • # 13 Drzewiecki, Matt
  • # 14 Ash, Timothy
  • # 15 Albert, Michael
  • # 16 Castillo, Paul
  • # 17 Martel, Alexander
  • # 18 Fendryk, Randy
  • # 20 Petfalski, Jeremy
  • # 21 Albert, Zachary
  • # 22 Mross, Alex

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
3′TR scorePALM5 – 0#11 – Tela, Takura
7′PK scorePALM8 – 0#10 – Clarke, Austin
12′TR scoreMIL8 – 5#13 – Drzewiecki, Matt
13′CV scoreMIL8 – 7#10 – Vigder, Nick
20′PK scoreMIL8 – 10#10 – Vigder, Nick
32′TR scorePALM13 – 10#12 – Wend, Shane
33′CV scorePALM15 – 10#15 – Lourens, Gareth
39′PK scorePALM18 – 10#15 – Lourens, Gareth
41′TC subPALM18 – 10Off: #13 – #13 – Gallagher, Jack
On: #18 – #18 – King, Austin
43′TR scorePALM23 – 10#8 – Maricelli, Glen
44′CV scorePALM25 – 10#10 – Clarke, Austin
46′TC subPALM25 – 10Off: #3 – #3 – Tenpas, Benjamin
On: #19 – #19 – Giachetti, Ian
47′TC subMIL25 – 10Off: #15 – #15 – Albert, Michael
On: #20 – #20 – Petfalski, Jeremy
53′TR scoreMIL25 – 15#6 – Grams, Joseph
54′CV scoreMIL25 – 17#10 – Vigder, Nick
55′TC subMIL25 – 17Off: #13 – #13 – Drzewiecki, Matt
On: #21 – #21 – Albert, Zachary
60′PK scoreMIL25 – 20#10 – Vigder, Nick
60′TC subPALM25 – 20Off: #1 – #1 – Schultz, Dominic
On: #17 – #17 – Bronson, Gavin
65′TC subPALM25 – 20Off: #14 – #14 – Bartlett, Jason
On: #20 – #20 – Holtschlag, Clarence
65′TC subPALM25 – 20Off: #10 – #10 – Clarke, Austin
On: #21 – #21 – Hampton, Colton
66′TC subMIL25 – 20Off: #3 – #3 – Holstine, Benjamin
On: #17 – #17 – Martel, Alexander
67′Y cardPALM25 – 20#2 – Ford, Stephen
69′TR scorePALM30 – 20#12 – Wend, Shane
70′TC subMIL30 – 20Off: #7 – #7 – Gray, David
On: #18 – #18 – Fendryk, Randy
72′TC subPALM30 – 20Off: #11 – #11 – Tela, Takura
On: #22 – #22 – McGowan, Braden
77′TC subPALM30 – 20Off: #12 – #12 – Wend, Shane
On: #23 – #23 – Deig, Benjamin
77′TC subPALM30 – 20Off: #8 – #8 – Maricelli, Glen
On: #16 – #16 – Cioraru, Meir
Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

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