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Rams Rugby Takes on Troy United

By Shawn Gent, 04/15/19, 7:30AM EDT

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Sam Riggs works his way down the pitch in the Troy United game. ~ Photo by Jacki Riggs

The Rockford Rams Rugby Club travelled to Detroit for a “friendly” match against the 2018 state champions Troy United. The Rams came out firing on all cylinders with the forwards setting a strong platform for the backs to attack from. The backs would slice through the opposing team and score almost at will. The Rams travelled without a few of their key starting forwards which meant opportunities for freshmen Dolan Harmsen, Harrison Sharp, Jack O’Malley, and Tyler Dewitt to get some valuable varsity time. The freshmen Rams would step up in an impressive way and even got involved in some big plays.

The second half would see Troy make a comeback as the Rams relaxed, thinking they had already won the game. Eventually Rockford would lean on their veteran leadership to regain focus and control of the game with some late scores.

The final score being approximately 52-19 –since it was a friendly game the score is not officially tracked. The following Rams earned tries in the game: Brendan Bach assisted by Ian Berkenpas, Jake Gent, Brendan Bach assisted by Jake Gent, Jiannis Katsikas assisted by Brendan Bach, Ethan Schroeder, Jake Gent assisted by Brendan Bach, Connor Robinson, and Sam Riggs. Jake Gent added 12 points in conversion kicks.

“It was a good test for the team to see where we are at and what we still need to work on,” said head coach Shawn Gent. “It was awesome to see our young guys get an opportunity to get some valuable varsity time and even better to see them step up and make big impacts in the game. It will be valuable experience for us as we eventually make a push into playoffs!”


Brendan Bach races ahead of a Troy United player. ~ Photo by Jacki Riggs


Tyler DeWitt gets tacked by United Troy players. ~ Photo by Jacki Riggs


Mason Petersen works his way down the pitch. ~ Photo by Jacki Riggs


The Rams traveled to Troy United to take on the top-ranked team. ~ Photo by Jacki Riggs