Northeastern Wins Cianci 7’s Tournament

November 17, 2012

This past Saturday, the 7’s team travelled to Seekonk to compete in the Cianci 7’s tournament as a warm up before the National Championship in Texas. The focus for the Huskies during this tournament was structure, and experimenting with different people at different positions. Nevertheless, the team came out ready to win despite the long drive and frigid temperatures.

The Huskies started their day off with a close win against Coast Guard I to shake off the cobwebs from an early start. The game started with Flyhalf James Sue exhibiting some shifty footwork to draw a few defenders and put speedster Colin Applegate away for the first try. Coast Guard responded with two quick tries, but Northeastern held tough, relying on James Sue to once again draw the defenders and this time give hard running Greg McInerney the space he needed to score. Another successful conversion put the Huskies up 14-10 at the half. With no time left, hooker Aaron Smith took a quick tap up the middle and touched down under the posts to put the game away 19-17 Northeastern.

The Huskies had a long break and played AIC in the second game of pool play. AIC scored quickly in the first half on a penalty tap from five yards out, but would not find the try zone again that me. In the second half, scrumhalf Peter Hsi showcased his speed by finding a gap up the middle and offloading to senior captain Sebastien “Seabass” Voigt. Voigt used his trademark sidestep to find space for hooker Aaron Smith to once again tap down under the posts. The game was dominated by strong defense from both teams and ended in a 5-5 draw.

The Huskies took on Johnson and Wales University next, going up against fellow Northeastern rugby player Andrew Griffin, who played with JWU for the day. The game began with senior flyhalf Alex Goodall taking a pass from the ruck and doing the work himself to put Northeastern up 5-0. Next, the Huskies kickoff was taken off a bounce by newcomer to the sport Angus McDonald who was off to the races and made the score 10-0 Northeastern. Following that, scrumhalf Peter Hsi made the bold decision to pick and go to the weak side off a scrum, burning the defense and making the score 15-0. JWU would find the try zone for their only score of the game to make the score 15-7 NU going into the half. In the second half, Sebastien Voigt would score again. Another rookie, Matt Murphy, got on the board twice showing off his speed by scorching the defense and punching his ticket for Texas. Brian Ustas then scored with no time left on a long run making the final 43-7 NU.

The final pool game was against UNH and the Huskies came out firing. Less than a minute into the game, hooker Aaron Smith poached the ball during a tackle and took it down the sideline to put Northeastern up 5-0. Sebastien Voigt followed that up with a powerful run up the middle, eventually offloading to the big man Chris Frazier who turned on the jets and scored. 12-5 NU. Voigt would find the try zone next, picking up a loose ball and dotting it down under the posts. Matt Murphy then scored shortly after a Husky scrum, where the men exhibited great ball movement, letting patience and opportunity do the work. UNH would put in two quick tries at the end of the game, which ended with a 24-15 win for Northeastern. Going into elimination rounds, Northeastern was 3-0-1 in pool play.

Northeastern once again took down Coast Guard in the semifinals. Chris Frazier opened the scoring effort for the Huskies with a long run down the sideline to put Northeastern up 5-0. Coast Guard would respond with one of their own before Mike Dello Russo, the freshman forward, took one himself to make it 10-5 NU. Sebastien Voigt would put together a great solo effort to work the ball into the try zone and kick his own conversion, making the final score 17-5 NU.

The Huskies took on AIC in the final game of the day, and once again, the boys did not disappoint. Sebastien Voigt used his quick step to take a long try up the middle and put the Huskies on the board 5-0. Matt Murphy would follow that up shortly after by forcing a midfield turnover and he would not be denied, taking it all the way for the try and putting the Huskiess up 10-0. AIC responded with a quick tap up the middle to put themselves on the board, 10-7 NU. However, the sweeper Chris Frazier would put the game away with a blistering run down the sideline, making the final score 15-7 NU. Sebastien Voigt would turn the ball over shortly thereafter and take the ball out of bounds as the final whistle blew.

The Huskies, coming off of two tournament wins, are looking forward to their trip to the National Championship Tournament in Texas November 29th through December 1st.

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