Match Report: D2 @ Brandywine Riot

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8-man Amanda Bauer tries to steal a Brandywine lineout in the second half.

The Furies sent a full roster to Pennsylvania for their first D2 match of the 2017/2018 season.

Flanker Arielle Reid hurtled up the pitch to chase the kickoff, dealing a massive first tackle of the game. Despite the explosive start, the Furies’ lackluster communication and general rustiness put them on the back foot.

The Furies defense effectively shut down Brandywine’s inside play, forcing them to pass the ball out to the wings. But the Brandywine backs took advantage of the overload, with their #14 scoring three of their four tries in the first half.

“We’ll work on launching together on defense and coordinating better between the backs and the pack,” said Co-captain Shannon McGuire.

The pack dialed up the intensity throughout the game, supporting each other in picks and punches that effectively broke the defensive line. When the communication was there, the Furies strung together some phases for some solid, continuous play. And when the Furies managed to get the ball out to the wings, there was good forward progress.

At half, Briley Acker took over the reins at #9 while starting scrumhalf Kerry Maguire moved to flanker. This gave the Furies momentum, with Briley directing players loudly communicating where the play was going, said Captain Brooke Branson. The play became more focused and less frenzied with Briley’s organization.

While the scrums gradually improved over the course of the game, the lineouts remained challenging. But overall, the forwards kept up the aggression all game. Around the 60-minute mark, the pack bulldozed up the pitch in a series of picks that culminated in Arielle breaking through and delivering a Furies try in the 64th minute.

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A big shoutout to Arielle, who was all over the pitch hitting tackles and rucks that helped slow down the opposition’s momentum. The captains also recognize Xa Hopkins for her first game in the blue and gold, where she played a full 80 at hooker and flanker—congratulations!

Several players played multiple positions during the match and adjusted quickly to substitutions and their new roles. And while the Furies ultimately fell 38-5 to Brandywine, every player had something to be proud of from this match.

This week, D2 is working on lineouts, fitness, the backs-forwards connection and dominating contact. They look forward to testing their mettle against Beantown’s B side this weekend, following what will be an exciting WPL home opener. – Amirah Al Idrus

D2 DC Furies @ Brandywine Riot 9/9/2017

  1. Brooke Branson (C)
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Jen “Putty” Putnam
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Amirah Al Idrus
  6. Arielle Reid
  7. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  8. Molly Powers
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. MC Matta
  11. Kiera Johnson
  12. Shannon McGuire (VC)
  13. Fiona Dore
  14. Raven Moore
  15. Sami Topolski Meyerhoff
  16. Briley Acker
  17. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  18. Nell “Biddle” Garver
  19. Alex Hart
  20. Amanda Bauer
  21. Katie Schmitt
  22. Abbie Mocettini
  23. Kat Contreras

Coaches:
Squirrel Birashk
Kate Brown
Candace Gingrich

Try: Reid
Player of the match: Arielle Reid

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