Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart

In the shortened B-side game USC faced Whittier College. USC was looking at a team mostly made up of Whittier’s football team, most of who were new to rugby. USC was able to produce several passages of beautiful rugby.

After testing out their defense, a memorable chip kick from Gordon Stewart was chased down by winger Kwabana Osei-Larbi, who snatched the ball on a favorable rebound and opened the score with a beautiful try, converted by Gordon Steward. Steward later added three points to the scoreboard after Whittier was penalized for handling the ball in a ruck.

Towards the end of the first half, center Alistair Skeoch scored USC’s second try after his opposite number attempted an interception and subsequently left a wide gap in the defense. Whittier came back from the break more determined than ever. Making full use of their superior sizes and capitalizing on a few less than perfect tackles, they broke through on the wing and scored twice, reducing USC’s lead to 15-10.

Pierre Badin

Pierre Badin

Some time later, fly half Pierre Badin was able to snake his way through for a try of his own. Standout plays also came from freshman Sean Stanbridge at scrumhalf and Alistair Skeoch at center. USC was able to win with incredible defensive tackling (against a much beefier team) and with having a strong grasp game knowledge. Excellent leadership by Nicholas Ludwig, Pierre Badin, Alistair Skeoch and Gordon Stewart in the second game. USC won after 3 tries, 1 conversion, and two penalties at 23-10.

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