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Vassar Men Knock-off the Rust

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - In what can best be described as a scrimmage with a host of novice players participating in their first game the host team, Vassar College, ran in nine tries and conceded one finishing 55-5 winners. It has to be emphasized that this was very much a learning experience rather than a full on intense competition however it was useful as a first stepping stone. Vassar College Men 55 v 5 Bard College Men Tries: Evan Roberts (1), Cole Landolt (3), Nate Cuson (2), Joe Nowacki (2) & Ali Sadek (1). Cons: Nate Cuson (5). It was a blisteringly hot day and a good crowd was on hand to watch the Vassar men open their Fall 2019 season against local rivals Bard College. The undermanned visitors put up a spirited resistance but the result of this game was never in any doubt. The plan for the Brewers was to get into their pattern of play when possession was secured and even more importantly to defend well and make solid tackles. That the team did show some good shape was encouraging but the test overall was not very stern. Vassar had to commit men to the rucks and so more ball was pushed to the backs than might usually be the case. Halfbacks Roberts and Cuson linked well in the first half and when Norman Kuang replaced Roberts it remained effective. Rookie Cole Landolt showed that he has good hands and a little bit of pace as he rambled in for 3 tries on his rugby debut.

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