USC Rugby beats UC Irvine with 11 tries
This Saturday USC Trojan Rugby hosted UC Irvine at USC’s McAllister Field on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon. The game was USC’s first appearance playing at home so far this season. In front of a crowd of fans, friends, and family the Trojans started the game with dominating speed and possession.
In the first minute of the Trojan’s offensive play, Joseph Krassenstein broke through the Irvine backline for a half field run before finding Austin Giles for a quick pop that was soon offloaded to Adam Bushell for the opening try of the game.
Then Haico Kaashoek’s kicking boot took over with the conversion and two penalty kicks that followed. With the score at 13-0, Haico Kaashoek soon got the ball on the wing and was able to find a gap in the defense. After shimmy shaking through two defenders, Haico made it all the way to in front of the try-line before getting tackled. He was able to reach out to put the ball down for the second try of the game.
A similar try came minutes later when freshman speedster Justin Sheppard was able to find space in the midfield and outrun the defending full back. Only a few minutes later, Alvin Wong another standout freshman, was able to put another 5 on the board after smooth transition through the backline to find space on the wing. After a following conversion slotted by Kaashoek, the standing score was 34-0 at the 23 minute mark.
USC soon let the lead go to their heads and began with sloppy defense. After a couple passages of poor tackles and defensive rucking, UC Irvine was able to score their first try. Their powerful forward pack followed up with two more tries on the board. All were unconverted. Score was 34-15 at the 35 minute mark.
Soon after, Krassenstein got a long slanting pass from fly half Adam Bushell that allowed him to blast through the hole in the defense. Approaching the try line, Krassenstein was hit hard by Irvine’s rushing full back but was still able to put the ball down for a score. Half time score was 39-15.
UCI continued with another try in the opening play of the second half. Soon after on a sloppy backs play by UCI, Krassenstein was able to scoop up a missed pass and run it in for his second of the day. He converted his own try with an easy drop kick through. A minute later USC was able to retain possession off the kick off. Adam Bushell got a clean ball from a scrum in UC Irvine’s territory, dummy passed, and then slithered through the defensive line for his second try of the game. The score at 47 minutes was 53-20.
USC soon took over with tries coming from outside center Austin Giles and forward captain Cameron Streeter. Both were of their first tries of the season. UCI answered back with a try of their own at the 60 minute mark. It wasn’t long before USC opened the floodgates again with another try coming from rookie prop Luis Lopez who blasted his way through the tackles to score underneath the posts.
Soon after, second row Jonny Wolverton also scored his first USC try with a cheeky run down the left wing. UCI answered with one more try but it was too late, the lead was too far away. Final score 81-32.
Man of the Match was Haico Kaashoek. Special mention to front row sensation Luis Lopez who scored his rookie try.