NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's rugby team flexed its muscle with a 42-6 statement victory over the Univ. of Vermont in a battle of top-five ranked teams in the latest National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) Division II poll.
Norwich (3-1, 3-0 NEWCRC) scored 42 straight points after falling behind 6-0 in the opening 10 minutes on two successful penalty kicks from the Catamounts.
Norwich is ranked #4 by the Goff Rugby Report (GRR), and put in an impressive performance Saturday.
Norwich improved to 3-0 in the New England-Wide Collegiate Rugby Conference. Vermont took an early 6-0 lead with two Keegan Bliss penalty goals but that was it for them in terms of scoring, at the Cadets reeled off 42 unanswered points. It took Norwich until about 24 minutes into the game to actually take the lead, but took a 15-6 lead into the break and built from there.
Center Ben Steen scored two tries while captain flanker Leo Clayburgh, flanker Jack Tellifson, wing Brandon Hussey, center Yandres Cintron, and back Anthony Kowalski all touched down once.
It was a clinical performance from Norwich, and with #1 Furman idle, Marian big winners and Adrian getting a forfeit win, it is going to be a big battle for #1 in the rankings.
Norwich will host Boston University on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. in its final regular season home contest of the season.