Final Score: PERC – 31, Washington Irish 26
Man of the Match: Kevin Kimble
Try Scorers: Dante (2), Kimble (2), Kenny
Conversions: Will Taylor (3 of 5)
This past Saturday PERC took on a hot Washington Irish squad. Coming off a two-win streak, the Irish were looking to keep the momentum going into the heart of the spring season. PERC, coming off a victory over Schuylkill River, stepped on to the pitch into what promised to be a dogfight of a match.
The Irish were on the board first. After a series of costly penalties, the Irish punched it in off a pick and go from a few meters out. Conversion good, 7- 0 Irish. PERC answered back on the opening kickoff as the young front rower, Dante Lopresti, took the ball in off a pick and go after new club member Aaron blocked an Irish exit kick which was recovered by Limbani. Conversion good, 7 – 7. Just a few minutes later it was Dante again with a second try, powering through the Irish defense on another pick and go. Conversion good, 14 – 7 PERC. The loosehead prop had a fantastic match with hard running, smashing tackles, and commitment to the breakdown. A few minutes before half, the Irish came roaring back with a quick tap off a penalty inside PERC’s 22. Conversion good, 14 – 14. Just prior to halftime, Kimble made a break up the sideline and dotted down the final try of the half after a 40 meter run down the sideline. Conversion missed 19 – 14 PERC.
Quickly into the second half, it was the Irish on the board again, as their fullback took the ball in after a great offload and a long run. Conversion missed tied game at 19 – 19. In quite possibly the try of the season, PERC came back with a vengeance as Kenny cleared with a kick, flew down the field, plucked the ball out of mid-air, at pace, and took it in for a try. Conversion missed 24 – 19 PERC. With time running down, the Irish struck again after a football-style pass made its way to the wing, who turned the corner and took the ball in. Conversion good, 26 – 24 Irish. PERC was able to prevail as Kimble took the ball off the PERC scrummy Furman and pushed his way in the try zone for the game-winning score in stoppage time to end the game. Conversion good, 31 – 26 PERC.
A big factor in PERC’s victory was its depth of reserves making an impact when they got into the game. Both new and veteran club members were able to enter the game and make big contributions to the victory.
Man of the match was Kevin Kimble, scoring two clutch trys to close out both halves. Along with his strong offensive play throughout the match, he also made some jarring hit throughout the game coming up hard on defense.
We want to thank the Washington Irish for a hell of a match, and great post match social. We look forward to seeing them on the pitch in the future.