UNC wins Plate at Triad
Triad 7s TournamentSaturday, June 23rd, 2007
Carolina combo 86, Triad 60
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Greensborough NC — This weekend, current and former Tarheels joined with members of both the UNC and Duke grad school teams to compete in Triad's biggest tournament ever. Twenty three men's clubs and four women's clubs gathered for a great day of rugby. Co-captained by undergrad Eric Martin and KFBS' Marc Millard, UNC continued to improve throughout the day, playing six games over two pools and finally defeating the Triad Old Boys for the Plate championship and a sweet trophy.
UNC played the first game of the tournament with only ten minutes warning, and the lack of warm up led to a shaky start against Triad B. Fly half Ramiro Diz showed up right before the half and entered in the game to help control play and put the team back on track. Rufaro Sikipa, playing out on the wing, brought the fire back by taking the ball all the way from the 50, and breaking the ankles of most of Triad's team in the process. Marc Millard and Ramiro also put in tries to help win the match 17-5.
The next match was against Asheville. Former UNC all star Leon Scroggins busted one up the middle for the only score of the first half. In the second half O’Grady ran the side line to put one down in the corner, and later John Reeder punched another in. Baker converted once for a final of 17-5.
Roanoke’s flyhalf led a charge that UNC was too disorganized to stop, and though Rufaro made another fantastic solo play, UNC lost 5-12 to get moved into the Plate Division for the afternoon games.
In the afternoon UNC started against the ECU alumni, featuring several of D2 National Champions Raleigh Vipers’ players. At the end of the first half, ECU stood 12-0. Fantastic defense by Eric Martin kept them from scoring the second half, and Rufaro’s running set up both Eric and John for a try each. Diz converted only one to bring the score 12-12 in the closing minutes, which was left to stand as a tie.
The 5th game of the day was against NC State’s undergrads, and proved to be the hardest game of the day. Outstanding one on one play on both sides made for a tiring game. Keith Cummings led the defense and support, allowing Rufaro to control the ball as scrum half. Rick Baker kicked a grubber and was able to fall on it in the try zone for the second score, and Leon again crushed several people on his way into the try zone to give UNC a 14-12 win.
Triad Old Boys met us in the plate championship, and though they had an Eagles alum, UNC swept them for a good win. John crushed their scrum half repeatedly, disrupting any chance of them forming a strong play. Ramiro had the first try of the match, as well as made all of the conversions. New comer Chris Cuminskey had two outstanding breakaway runs, one over fifty meters for a try. Leon had a fifty plus meter run for the final try, shaking off five tacklers and waving the ball like a loaf of bread. UNC won the Plate 21-14.
The combined side looks forward to the Bele Chere tournament July 28th in Asheville, where they hope to repeat their winning performance.
UNC Lineup: Rick Baker, Walt Reinhardt, Eric Martin, Rufaro Sikipa, John Reeder, Ramiro Diz, Chris Cuminskey, Matt, Sten, Marc Millard, Matt Goss, Keith Cummings, Leon Scroggins, O'Grady, Bryan, and Jimmy Ivory.
Man of the Match:
Tries: Rick Baker (5), Chris Cumminskey (5), Ramiro Diz (10), Eric Martin (5), Marc Millard (5), O'Grady (5), John Reeder (10), Leon Scroggins (15), Rufaro Sikipa (10)
Conversions: Ramiro (8 of 14), Rick (1 of 1)
Reported by Eric Martin
Modified Sep 10, 2007. 11:43 pm