Montgomery Match Report - 4-10-10
Written by Ian McNulty   

Montgomery Match Report - 4/10/10

NORFC 51 - Montgomery 0

New Orleans Defeats Montgomery, Advances in D-II Rugby Playoff Action

The New Orleans Rugby Football Club began their playoff run in fine form with a 51-0 win over the Montgomery Yellowhammers. Playing at the home pitch in Gretna on a clear and beautiful spring day, the playoff victory sends New Orleans to the next round of the USA Rugby playoffs, the South Championships on May 1 and 2 in Charleston, S.C.

"The team looked great today and I'm pleased that we seem to be hitting our stride at just the right moment," says New Orleans head coach Jerry Malina. "Each step will be increasingly harder and we have a lot of work to do before our next challenge, but today's win gives us great energy to keep our drive going."

Wing Andrew Quackenbos put the first points on the board for New Orleans with a penalty kick, though for a good 20 minutes the action was mostly contained between the two teams' 22-meter lines. But after a New Orleans scrum the ball fell into a wild melee near the Montgomery goal line, going through many hands in quick succession before prop Matt Upton bulled it in for the first try. Quackenbos converted and the score remained at 10-0 for a while as the teams continued to test each other's lines. Flanker Rob Hoffman and lock Jim Hotard caused havoc off Montgomery's scrums, repeatedly breaking up plays, and both the backs and scrumhalf Joel McLain got the ball out of the New Orleans red zone several times with timely kicks.

Things started coming around after center Eric Mackintosh made a big break, drew in defenders and nailed a timely offload to center Jeff Reuther, who scored between the posts. Montgomery continued to come on strong but was hamstrung by frequent penalties for killing the ball, which Quackenbos capitalized for another penalty kick, bringing the score to 20-0.

With the first half winding down, flyhalf Ricky Decastro put a kick clear down the pitch for touch, and from the lineout New Orleans marched a mini maul up to the Montgomery goal line, setting up hooker Jimmy Rehkopf to peel off and make the score.

The second half got off to a slow start with New Orleans looking to resume its momentum and Montgomery eager to set a new pace for the game. About 52 minutes in, however, Mackintosh made a beautiful offload to reserve fullback Saade Bou-Mikael, who turned on the jets to score untouched.

An extended slew of penalties cost both sides territory, but after a prolonged slugfest for solid possession New Orleans began to pile on the points. A pass from Decastro to Bou-Mikael to wing Casey Mackintosh ended with another try, and a few minutes later, from a five-meter scrum, the ball flowed through the back line to Bou-Mikael for a score.

In the final minutes of the game, Montgomery mounted a furious effort to score, making repeated runs from inside the New Orleans five-meter line. But New Orleans put up a stout goal line defense that led to a dramatic finish for the home team. Casey Mackintosh intercepted a Montgomery pass and took the ball to the house, sprinting the length of the pitch to score. His brother Eric Mackintosh had the honor of converting, and at the final whistle the New Orleans team and sideline roared for the 51-0 victory.

New Orleans now advances to the Division II South Championships, which will be held May 1 and 2 in Charleston.  New Orleans will face the Charleston Outlaws on Saturday, May 1st.

Final Score - New Orleans 51 - Montgomery 0

New Orleans RFC

1) Matt Upton (c); 2) Jimmy Rehkopf; 3) Sean Malek ; 4) Jimbo Hotard; 5) Jerry Zifodya; 6) Rob Hoffman; 7) Seth Magden; 8) Jarrett Falcon; 9) Joel Mclain; 10) Ricky Decastro; 11) Casey Mackintosh; 12) Eric Mackintosh; 13) Jeff Reuther; 14) Andrew Quackenbos; 15) Ross Bellaci; 16) Adam Massey; 17) Chris Beacher; 18) Bogdan Negulescu; 19) Gauthier Merlot; 20) Ryan Fitzgerald; 21) Saade Bou-Mikael; 22) Joe Palermo
; 23) Todd Fitzgerald

Tries (7): Upton, Reuther, Rehkopf, Bou-Mikael (2), C. Mackintosh (2)

Cons (5): Quackenbos (4 for 6), E. Mackintosh (1 for 1)

Pens (2): Quackenbos (2 for 3)

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