(Photo courtesy Goff Rugby Report)
The Buckeyes Men’s Rugby headed to Madison, Wisconsin this past Saturday (10/26/19) against the Wisconsin Badgers (2-5). Wisconsin seem to be on a rebuild year as they have fallen upon rough times in the world of rugby, past years having always been a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten.
…But goodness, it is what it is …
The kickoff came a few minutes later than it’s scheduled noon time, but this isn’t football, you bunch of snobs, it’s rugby and there isn’t television contracts, etc., this is smash-mouth baby – blood is expected!
The kickoff produced a Badger romp, down field and looking good. The Buckeyes though force a knock on and looked to clear. But Wisconsin had other ideas by taking it to the corner with a solid try. The kick would not be good. Wisconsin took an early lead – up 5-0.
OSU forces a penalty following. Conor Forrestal has a kick at the goal which is good. The Buckeyes are now on the scoreboard. Wisconsin leads 5-3.
Buckeyes maul a lineout and force a penalty try – kick is good. The Buckeyes take the lead 10-3.
The Buckeyes again take advantage of the unprepared Badgers as Vince Carso hits a line break that is finished off by Josh Leidich – who takes it into the corner. The kick by Forrestal is good. The Buckeyes move the score up to 17-3.
OSU then hits the weak side and Ryan Bradfield is over the line after a great dummy. The kick is no good. The Buckeyes increase the lead to 22-3 after 22 minutes of play.
The Buckeyes go sideline to sideline in a ‘Michael Vick’ moment while on attack as another Bradfield dummy leads to Nolan Skelly scores in the right corner. The kick is good and the Buckeyes are now up 29-3.
Josh Leidich finds the try zone again thanks to some hard hustle by Mike Kwarteng and Tim Vanderhoof. The kick is good and the Buckeyes up the score to 36-3 at the half.
The second half opens with a line break by Andrew Baldado who takes it to the house on a full-powered romp. The kick is good by Forrestal and the Buckeyes take a commanding lead 43-3 after only five minutes into the 2nd half.
The Buckeyes follow this up with a turnover on a box kick by David Chesko as it is picked off in the air by Bradfield who leads Luke Downs downfield in a try. The kick is good. It is now the Buckeyes 50 Wisconsin 3.
Wisconsin forces a penalty in front of the posts and drop a goal in a ‘classic’ try. The kick is no good. The score is now Buckeyes 50 Wisconsin 8.
The Buckeyes get a player carded with multiple infractions, down a man for 10 minutes. Wisconsin than produces a dominating possession in both territories – converted a try by the wing in the corner. OSU continues to lead 50-15.
Luke Downs intercepts a Wisconsin pass on the ensuing kickoff and puts it down in the corner. The kick by Forrestal is good. It’s now 57-17 Buckeyes.
Ben Richards with an 8-pick off a scrum finds Vince Carso who beats all at his heels – taking it in the corner on a dramatic dive. Forrestal’s kick would be good. The Buckeyes increase a dominating game to 62-15.
The Buckeyes would score once more on a try in the corner by Baldado on an almost unnoticeable romp. The kick is good and the Buckeyes take a 69-15 lead.
This would be the final score. The Buckeyes now move up to 5-1 in the Big Ten and 8-1 overall. And looking good! Dare I say I see a Scottish twist to this team?
Next week the Buckeyes will be back home against the *ichigan State Spartans who are 2-2 with a tie against Minnesota.
I look forward to this one, as I do all Buckeyes matches. Rugby is real.
Let’s Go Buckeyes!