The Village Lions dropped NY RFC 33-14 in league play.

The Village Lions dropped NY RFC 33-14 in league play.

Sept 28, 2019
Randall’s Island NYC

Playing a stretch with just 13 men on the, and finishing the match with just 14, the Lions rode an early lead to victory over New York 33-14, taking back the Village Cup and serving as the capstone to a clean sweep at home during the Village Lions Fall 2019 Family & Friends Day.

It was an ugly but decisive win. The scoring started with a big pick and go from Edgar Perez at the 16th minute, converted by Fernando Torija. Felipe Bezares followed suit on the 20th minute as he sidestepped a pair of defenders for a converted try. Scrappy scrumhalf Greg Alexander punched one in at the 39th minute following Rashid Perkins made a great 40 meter run for a 19-0 halftime lead.

New York struck first in the second half with a converted try at the 43rd minute, with Julian Watts responding at the 52nd minute with a try after side stepping three defenders and dragging a couple over the line with him. Fernando added the extras for 26-7 scoreline.

New York scored once more at the 67th minute, and converted, but the Lions had the last laugh as Edgar Perez intercepted a New York line out and dashed 80 meters for a try at the 80th minute, converted by Torija to tally the 33-14 final score.

Steve Romano made is debut, coming on to replace Gene Aiken in the 3rd minute after a hamstring pull. In just his second week with the club, Romano held it down at tight head for 65 minutes.

Six weeks into the Lions’ 30th League season and the players and systems are starting to click.

“We are beginning to come into our own as a dedicated group of players,” shared Vice Captain Nicholas Alexander. “We have experienced a lot of turnover over the last couple of years but our foundation is being set and soon enough we’ll be ready to put the tower up.”

“We’re still building the player numbers base up to a what is required to be competitive squad,” echoed Head Coach Nic Clapinson.

Coach Clapinson singled out John Tublin for a “massively unselfish performance.” John started at 7, but moved to center when the Lions were playing a man down, and moved to hooker, throwing in the lineouts. Julian Watts was called out for some really important line breaks and monster defensive sequences when we were down 2 men.

“Fernando Torija for me had a breakout game,” Coach Clapinson continued. “He is one of our best all-round athletes and showed that today. Fernando kicked for us, had several good runs, critical tackles and started to be much more comfortable managing the game from Fullback.”

It was Rashid Perkins, however, who garnered Man of the Match honors. “Rashid Perkins had a couple of big tackles and really incisive runs from the wing, we definitely need to get him more involved in our play,” Coach Clapinson commented.

Julian Watts had a monster game on defense and scored a try.

Julian Watts had a monster game on defense and scored a try.

Scorers: Edgar Perez (2T), Felipe Bezares (T), Greg Alexander (T), Julian Watts (T), Fernando Torija (3C).
Man of the Match: Rashid Perkins

Lineups:
1. Edgar Perez
2. Eric Han
3. Eugene Aiken (Steven Romano 2:50) (Seth Brown 74:13)
4. Kimani Davis (James Johnston 73:40)
5. Chris Tite
6. Milo Hall (JP Lindsey 43:50)
7. John Tublin
8. Mike Tagliaferro (C)
9. Greg Alexander
10. Felipe Bezares
11. Rashid Perkins
12. Nick Alexander (VC)
13. Juilan Watts
14. Rob O’Callaghan
15. Fernado Torija

16. James Fermin
17. Steve Romano
18. Seth Brown
19. James Johnston
20. JP Lindsey
21. Ryan Radican
22. Austin Heron
23. Conor Devine

INJURY RESERVES: Matt Frater, Herman Marcano, Jacob Marcia

Head Coach: Nic Clapinson
Assistant Coach: Steve Mendoza
Athletic Trainer: Mike Witter

Edgar Perez scored two tries and welcomed back The Village Cup.

Edgar Perez scored two tries and welcomed back The Village Cup.