CHARLOTTE– The Providence Panthers Rugby Football Club opened their 2017 spring schedule with a 53-7 win over the Rocky River Ravens.
“We got off to a fairly slow start today, but after our first try, picked up the tempo considerably and by halftime, everyone seemed to be working together,” said team captain Glenn Tarry. “Once we focused on basic fundamental rugby, we were able to put pressure in their half and convert small opportunities into points.
Since we’ve got a good amount of new players on the squad this year, we’ve focused on a basic method of playing and doing all the small things well. As with any young team we made some errors, but overall I’m very pleased with our play and the end result of the day.”
In all, seven Panther posted tries. Mayowa Ogunmola set the tone for the day with 3 stellar scores. Corey Matthews, Samet Isleyen, Glenn Tarry, Jack Brown, Ian Kelleher, and John Kendrew all contributed 1 try a piece as well. Freshman Jack Brown also made 4 conversion kicks.
Providence came out slow early against the Ravens as the game was tied 0-0 for a greater part of the first half. However, once Mayowa Ogunmola notched his first try of the day, the Panthers quickly went to work cutting up the Ravens defense. Almost immediately after John Kendrew took a pop pass through several Ravens defenders to score. The Panthers were able to push their lead to 24-0 at the half.
The second hall also belonged to the Panthers as they went off on a 29-7 run to close out the match.
Providence Rugby will be back in action on Feb. 11th as they travel to Greensboro to take on the Northwest Guilford Vikings.