This past Saturday in sunny Evanston, Booth Rugby outmatched rival Kellogg in grit, fan spirit, and, most importantly, points on their way to a 29-24 victory and reclamation of the Cup. The win marked the end of a year’s worth of training, tournaments, blood, and sweat, and was the exclamation point for the Class of 2017’s rugby careers.
After Kellogg put the first ten points on the board with a try and penalty kick, Booth dug in and took over the match. Booth grabbed its first try when Brian O’Callaghan (2017) caught a dribbling kick-pass and tiptoed up the sideline for a score. The next try came from Brock Corbett (2018) who hammered it up the middle taking several defenders with him over the try line. The final score of the half came from Atsushi “The General” Saito (2017) who snuck into the try zone after shaking a few purple jerseys on a tap-and-go. Mark Nemec (Dean of the Graham School) converted the kick on the Saito try and Booth went into halftime with a 17-10 advantage.
The Booth ruggers were the first to draw blood in the second half with another punch-in try by Corbett and kick conversion by Nemec to take the lead 24-10. While Kellogg battled back to a tie before Matt Sidley (2017) scored the winning try on a sprint up the sideline to make it 29-24, Booth asserted its dominance until the final second ticked off. The Booth forwards were superhuman as they overpowered and outlasted their Kellogg counterparts on every contested scrum and took tremendous territory on mauls. The Booth wings showed off their skill and quickness as they created space with their passes and took advantage of any open field given to them. It was an exciting match and a well-deserved win and the boys are happy to return the Cup to its rightful home in Hyde Park.