Defending CRC champions Utah took on Dartmouth in the fourth match of the day. Utah looked to be favorites but Dartmouth dug deep and pulled off an upset in their first contest.
|Dartmouth's TJ Cameron runs to score the winning try against Utah. (Photo by Marvin Dangerfield)|
Utah scored a quick first-half try and further increased their lead when Tonata Lauti scored the team’s second try, but Blake Miller missed the conversion, making the score 12-0.
Dartmouth began a comeback when Nick Downer made a break before passing to Tanner Scott, who dropped it. Dartmouth regained possession but Utah pushed them back with strong tackling. Scott made up for his earlier error by getting the ball and scoring in the left corner. Nick Downer’s conversion was no good, but Dartmouth had cut into Utah’s lead, 12-5, at halftime.
After halftime, Dartmouth was awarded a penalty in the Utah half after a Utah player entered the ruck in the side and the quick tap was taken by Scott. He made a big run down the right touchline and offloaded just before going into touch. Chris Downer was there to collect the pass and score. Nick Downer missed the conversion and the score stood at 12-10.
Utah’s Vernon Ale made a break but a penalty was awarded to Dartmouth. Dartmouth won the lineout and TJ Cameron caught a pop pass and raced 40 meters to score, with Nick Downer adding the conversion to seal the upset at 17-12.
Dartmouth’s Nick Downer said his team was happy with the win but couldn’t dwell on it if they wanted to keep winning. “We just have to play our brand of rugby and forget about this win and focus on the next game,” he said. “We won’t do well if we keep playing that way.”