New York, NY - On a cold, windy but sunny Saturday afternoon, the New York Athletic club defeated its longtime rivals Old Blue 29-14 in an early season Elite Cup match.
The NYAC was never headed. They led 12-3 at halftime and added 17 after the break on long-time opponent Old Blue, which fought valiantly to the end.
Scrumhalf Justin Hundley led the New York AC with 12 points (two tries and a conversion), while flyhalf Adam Siddall tallied 9 points on three penalties for Old Blue.
The New York AC opened the scoring in the third minute when center Dan Grace ran in a try from the five, 5-0. Old Blue responded four minutes later when Adam Siddall slotted the first of his three penalty kicks, 5-3.
The New York AC extended its lead to 12-3 in the 26th minute when flyhalf Toby L’Estrange ran in a try from a scrum at the ten and then converted his own try, 12-3.
The final scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 31st minute, but the penalty attempt by Old Blue’s Siddall hit the posts.
The early part of the second half saw back and forth play in which neither team was able to gain an advantage. A penalty goal by Old Blue’s Adam Siddall in the 15th minute narrowed the AC’s lead to 12-6.
The NYAC extended its lead to 17-6 three minutes later when flanker Neil McMillan crossed for a try, following a penalty two meters from Old Blue’s line.
The NYAC’s lead went to 22-6 in the 24th minute when scrumhalf Justin Hundley scored the first of his two tries from third phase possession on an attack from Old Blue’s 20.
A third penalty goal by Old Blue’s Adam Siddall in the 29th minute and an unconverted try by OB hooker Will Brazier narrowed NYAC’s margin to 22-14 in the 40th minute. And it looked like that’s where the game would end.
However an intercept try by NYAC’s Justin Hundley, deep in Old Blue’s end, and Hundley’s conversion would bring the final tally to 29-14.
New York AC 29
Tries: Grace, L’Estrange, C, McMillan, Hundley 2
Convs: Hundley, L'Estrange
Old Blue 14
Pens: Siddall 3