Utilizing an expansive total rugby approach homeside Lansdowne tamed the Village Lions by 52 to 10. The visitors took an early 3 to 0 lead as a Lansdowne infraction gave the Lions a shot at goal which they duly converted. However, the Irish pack, led by the front row of Ian O’Connor, Pat Devery and Tom Murray, continued their impressive form and began to assert themselves. Lansdowne pushed deep and got to within 8 meters when a maul pushed even further. Pat Devery broke free and slammed down thereby scoring his first of two tries on the day and giving Lansdowne a lead they would not relinquish.
In minute, 15 massive work by Manoa “Juju” Gadai, Pat “the Baker” Devery and Ian “the Captain” O’Connor kept the Lions on their heels. The ball got out to Dillon Casey, who timed his offload beautifully to the streaking Hugh Byrne. Seemingly building on last week’s Man of the Match performance, Hugh turned on the afterburners in beating three defenders as he touched down under the posts. Dillon Casey’s conversion gave the Irishman a nine point advantage.
In minute 23, Lansdowne went up by 17 to 3. Pat Devery and the rest of the forward pack continued making inroads towards the Lions’ in goal. The Baker impressively asserted himself and slammed down for his second of the afternoon. Just three minutes later, Scott Crafton stole the ball and passed to Man of the Match Austin Purcell. He, in turn, spun a beautiful offload out to Mustafa Fall, who made a magnificent 40 meter gallop and touched down between the sticks. Dillon Casey converted.
In minute 30, the Lansdowne forwards created a platform for their backs to attack. Austin Purcell spun out wide and the ball passed through the hands of the entire Lansdowne back line. Omehito James scored a beautiful try on a 35 meter play that can be described as champagne rugby. Dylan Casey’s conversion put the score at 31 to 10. In minute 35, Lansdowne were on the attack again. Paul Antezzo kicked into the corner of the Lions’ in goal and Dillon Casey opportunistically pounced on the ball and converted his own try.
The Lions responded to open the second half. Lansdowne were on the attack but the visitors forced a turnover and were off to the races. Four lovely offloads later and the visitors touched down and converted from 70 meters out. However, the Irish forwards kept up the intense pressure. Minute 53 saw Hugh Byrne make some space and score a converted try off of a beautiful 30 meter gallup. Manoa “Juju” Gadai scored Lansdowne’s final try on the day in minutes 62. The Irish pack continued their impressive display and had the Lions under severe pressure. Juju rewarded himself as he broke free and slammed down. The Dillon Casey conversion close the numbers.
Lansdowne practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday on Randall’s Island field 74 at 7 o’clock PM. All interested players should contact the club at Lansdownerugbyclub.com or just come on down.