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Video: Strong second-half offense breaks Kansas City drought for Milwaukee rugby team

Kansas City, MO — The Milwaukee Barbarians hit the road today for the first of 3 consecutive away matches starting with the Kansas City Blues.

Kansas City is the longest road trip for Milwaukee in USA Rugby's Midwest Division 1 and the Barbarians have long-struggled to be competitive. In nine prior meetings with the Barbarians, the Blues had never lost a match.

As clear favorites, the Blues got out to an early 7-0 lead after just 4 minutes. Shortly after, a yellow card to Barbarian Rob Bartlett was followed by another try by the home side to extend their lead to 12 points with 30 minutes remaining in the half.

The rest of the first half was a primarily a defensive standoff with the Barbarians scoring a single try from winger Matt Drzweicki at the 20-minute mark. After the conversion by captain Nick Vigder (shown above) the Blues remained in the lead 12-7, a lead they would carry into halftime.

Milwaukee goes on the offense in the second half

The first of five lead changes started early in the second half as Vigder crossed the whitewash and converted his own try. The Barbarians 14-12 lead was short-lived however as the Blues struck back almost immediately with a penalty kick despite having a player sent off for foul play (yellow card). 

Drzweicki then dotted down for his second of the day to retake the lead 21-15 which was matched by a converted try from the Blues. 

With 20 minutes remaining, the Blues lead by the slimmest of margins: 22-21.

The Barbarians then starved the hosts for possession while their tempo with ball-in-hand continued to gain steam. They were rewarded with tries by the pack through Cwiklis and Bastian at the 65th and 75th minutes. 

They final five minutes of the match were a bit frantic but the Barbarian defense held and they were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds to finish the match on top 31-22.

The bonues-point victory marks the second consecutive win by the Barbarians and their first on the road in Kansas City. With a 2-1-0 record, the Milwaukee rugby team is tied for 3rd place in the Division 1 standings.

On Deck

The Division 1 squad heads to Cincinnati to take on the 7th-ranked Wolfhounds. Division 3 heads to Illinois to take on the Rockford Ravens

Scoring Summary

Barbarians, 31 (5T, 3C)

  • Nick Vigder, 11 (1T, 3C)
  • Matt Drzweicki, 10 (2T)
  • Kyle Cwiklis, 5 (1T)
  • Ben Bastian, 5 (1T)

KC Blues, 22 (3T, 2C, 1PK)

Roster

2017 09 01 milwaukee v blues roster

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
3' TR score KCB 5 - 0 #13 - Weber, Cody
4' CV score KCB 7 - 0 #10 - Mercer, Michael
10' TR score KCB 12 - 0 #5 - Wirken, Matt
10' Y card MIL 12 - 0 #15 - Bartlett, Robert
20' TR score MIL 12 - 5 #14 - Drzewiecki, Matt
21' CV score MIL 12 - 7 #9 - Vigder, Nick
30' IJ sub MIL 12 - 7 Off: #12 - #12 - Strenk, Brian
On: #20 - #20 - Mross, Alex
32' Y card KCB 12 - 7 #6 - Clarke, James
40' TC sub MIL 12 - 7 Off: #7 - #7 - Sims, Anthony
On: #17 - #17 - Bell, Conor
43' TC sub KCB 12 - 7 Off: #8 - #8 - Eftink, Jim
On: #16 - #16 - Korvick, Richard
45' TR score MIL 12 - 12 #9 - Vigder, Nick
46' CV score MIL 12 - 14 #9 - Vigder, Nick
48' PK score KCB 15 - 14 #10 - Mercer, Michael
51' TR score MIL 15 - 19 #14 - Drzewiecki, Matt
52' CV score MIL 15 - 21 #9 - Vigder, Nick
56' TR score KCB 20 - 21 #16 - Korvick, Richard
57' CV score KCB 22 - 21 #10 - Mercer, Michael
60' TC sub MIL 22 - 21 Off: #5 - #5 - Ruys, Adam
On: #16 - #16 - loots, johannes
64' TC sub KCB 22 - 21 Off: #9 - #9 - Cummings, Casey
On: #17 - #17 - Rice, Jordan
65' TR score MIL 22 - 26 #8 - Cwiklis, Kyle
66' TC sub KCB 22 - 26 Off: #12 - #12 - McDonough, David
On: #19 - #19 - Hilterman-Haider, Lucas
76' TC sub KCB 22 - 26 Off: #4 - #4 - harbour, cale
On: #23 - #23 - routh, trigg
77' TR score MIL 22 - 31 #4 - Bastian, Benjamin
78' TC sub KCB 22 - 31 Off: #3 - #3 - Scheidt, Ryan
On: #20 - #20 - Hayes, Brandon
78' TC sub KCB 22 - 31 Off: #13 - #13 - Weber, Cody
On: #18 - #18 - Johnson, Silvanus

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

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2017 Standings -
Midwest Division 1

  WLPTS
metropolis icon MET 9 0 44
lions icon LIO 7 2 36
columbus icon COL 6 3 33
cincinnati icon CIN 5 4 24
palmer icon PAL 3 6 19
barbarians icon MIL 2 7 18
kcblues icon KAN 3 6 16
griffins icon GRI 1 8 8
Last Updated 10/14/17.

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