Two weeks after struggling to a 12-8 scoreline against Santa Monica, Belmont Shore exploded for 65 points in beating Back Bay 65-24.
For Head Coach Ray Egan, the offensive explosion was good to see.
“We kind of got off to an un-Belmont start,” Egan told RUGBYMag.com. “We got going early, we were very physical, and we didn’t let up. I thought overall we played quite well.”
Egan has been urging his players to step up physically and be more vertical, and they responded.
“We have been struggling with our physicality,” said Egan. “I wanted the guys to be direct, and it paid off for us.”
In addition, Belmont Shore started to be more patient, working on smart, controlled offloads and good continuity. Several of their tries came from multi-phase movements that started in the Belmont Shore half.
“We controlled the ball well,” said Egan. “Set piece was good. We got play going forward. All of that was good. What we would like to do better is put in a full 80-minute performance on the defensive side of the ball. We let in a couple of soft tries late, some defensive system mistakes, and that’s something that needs to be addressed.”
Jack Tracy put in another strong game, scoring two tries. Ian Carpenter and Eddie McKenna were once again solid, while Mike Te’o showed up at fullback in place of the injured Geoff Pound. Proving once again he can play virtually anywhere, Te’o did just fine, thank you very much.
Next up for the 3-0 Belmont Shore team is Los Angeles.