Cambridge, Mass. – Nine different players scored nine tries as Dartmouth defeated Harvard 57-7 Saturday in Ivy League men's rugby action.
This was the second league game between the two teams, and while Harvard has pushed Dartmouth more than others, it's still Big Green's world; we just live in it.
Senior wing Rex Littlefield opened the scoring in the third minute off a crisp movement from captain and outside center Madison Hughes, and freshman flyhalf Dawit Workie. Hughes would go on to score minutes later with a quick tap-and-go from 15 meters out.
One of the players who stood out most on this day was flanker Erik Warnquist. The sophomore made large contributions on both sides of the ball, exhibiting dominance at the contact point with convincing tackles and forced turnovers, and setting up teammates with powerful runs and timely offloads as well as running in a try of his own.
“We knew we needed to step up our intensity at the breakdown after the last match we played against them," Warnquist explained. "We picked it up and were able to really match them at the contact point. We also developed some good set piece play to match their style which really helped.”
Dartmouth continued to play well on defense, holding Harvard to just the one try, from Nick Moore.
“I am relatively happy with the performances of our teams against Harvard," said Dartmouth Head Coach Gavin Hickie. "It is difficult as a coach to be completely satisfied with every aspect of our play but I do believe that we are growing as a team and that is exciting. The players are responding well to the challenges put to them by the coaching staff as we continue to build depth in the DRFC squad.
“Harvard are always a difficult team to play against, especially in Cambridge, and there were times during the game they put us under a lot of pressure. I feel that the scoreline probably flattered us a little. However, I am happy that we kept working until the final whistle.”
Tries: Littlefield, Hughes, Warnquist, Cronin, Flynn, Moragne, Galloway, Savarese, Fowler
Convs: Hughes 2, Workies 4