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Ash and Vigder combine for 36 points in Milwaukee's Division 1 rugby home opener

Milwaukee, WI — On Saturday the Milwaukee Barbarians hosted the Palmer Dragons (Davenport, IA) for their 2017 home opener in the Midwest conference for USA Rugby Division 1. 

With the same teams playing to a rare draw during the final match of the 2016-2017 season, both Milwaukee and Palmer were excited to put their off-season preparations to the test in a highly anticipated match.

The Barbarians began on the right foot with a try by winger Ty Ash at 1-minute mark following a Palmer handling error.

The Barbarians then starved the visitors for possession and exploded on offense with two additional tries by Ash and a try each for coach Joe Gardener and Joe Grams.

With the accurate boot of captain Nick Vigder converting tries (and landing seven of ten attempts (70%) throughout the match), the hosts had accumulated 33 unanswered points in the first 24 minutes.

Palmer then regrouped and recommitted themselves to their defense. By halftime, the Dragons had shut down the Milwaukee offense and answered with two tries of their own. At the whistle, Milwaukee were leading 33-12.

Second half 

The second half was more balanced than the first with each team exchanging scores throughout. Ash got his fourth try at the 45-minute mark, Jeff Cebe crossed at 55 minutes, and Vigder slotted a pair of penalties.

Palmer scored three tries in the second half, but it wasn't enough to catch the Barbarians. At the full-time whistle, Milwaukee walked away with bonus-point victory on the back of a 51-33 scoreline.

On deck

The Barbarians hit the road for the next few weekends. Up first is a Division 1 match against the Blues in Kansas City. Division 3 has a bye this weekend.

Roster 

2017 08 26 milwaukee v palmer roster

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
1' TR score MIL 5 - 0 #14 - Ash, Timothy
2' CV score MIL 7 - 0 #9 - Vigder, Nick
7' TR score MIL 12 - 0 #10 - Gardener, Joseph
8' CV score MIL 14 - 0 #9 - Vigder, Nick
11' TR score MIL 19 - 0 #14 - Ash, Timothy
19' TR score MIL 24 - 0 #14 - Ash, Timothy
20' CV score MIL 26 - 0 #9 - Vigder, Nick
23' TR score MIL 31 - 0 #2 - Grams, Joseph
24' CV score MIL 33 - 0 #9 - Vigder, Nick
31' TR score PALM 33 - 5 #11 - Lourens, Gareth
32' CV score PALM 33 - 7 #11 - Lourens, Gareth
34' TR score PALM 33 - 12 #11 - Lourens, Gareth
40' TC sub MIL 33 - 12 Off: #11 - #11 - Mross, Alex
On: #21 - #21 - Leahy, Keenan
41' TR score PALM 33 - 17 #8 - Maricelli, Glen
42' CV score PALM 33 - 19 #15 - Simpson, Cody
45' TR score MIL 38 - 19 #14 - Ash, Timothy
50' TC sub MIL 38 - 19 Off: #6 - #6 - Gray, David
On: #18 - #18 - Sims, Anthony
50' TC sub MIL 38 - 19 Off: #5 - #5 - Ruys, Adam
On: #17 - #17 - Konvalinka, Michael
53' TR score PALM 38 - 24 #1 - Schultz, Dominic
53' IJ sub PALM 38 - 24 Off: #15 - #15 - Simpson, Cody
On: #22 - #22 - Loupee, Ryan
55' CV score PALM 38 - 26 #11 - Lourens, Gareth
55' TR score MIL 43 - 26 #8 - Cebe, Jeffrey
56' CV score MIL 45 - 26 #9 - Vigder, Nick
59' IJ sub PALM 45 - 26 Off: #13 - #13 - King, Austin
On: #18 - #18 - Deig, Benjamin
62' IJ sub MIL 45 - 26 Off: #10 - #10 - Gardener, Joseph
On: #16 - #16 - Walczak, Ryan
65' TR score PALM 45 - 31 #3 - Laursen, Terry
66' CV score PALM 45 - 33 #15 - Simpson, Cody
68' PK score MIL 48 - 33 #9 - Vigder, Nick
68' TC sub MIL 48 - 33 Off: #14 - #14 - Ash, Timothy
On: #20 - #20 - Mackie, Alexander
69' TC sub PALM 48 - 33 Off: #7 - #7 - Young, Adam
On: #16 - #16 - Morneau, Joey
71' TC sub PALM 48 - 33 Off: #14 - #14 - Seeley, Dylan
On: #20 - #20 - Holtschlag, Clarence
80' PK score MIL 51 - 33 #9 - Vigder, Nick

The complete and official match report can be found on the USA Rugby website.

 

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