Greensburg vs. Cleveland Crusaders

On an overcast day at the rolling plains of Mammoth Park Greensburg looked to avenge a lopsided loss in the spring at the hands of the Crusaders. Both teams had been bumped up to the Division 3 ranks but were familiar with one another, splitting the season series last year.

Both sides were pretty evenly matched but Cleveland got the first try of the day and the kicker converted to make the score 7-0. Greensburg answered later in the half with rookie Adam Kowatch taking the pass and pounding it in from 10 meters out. Hudnell Caldwell hit the crossbar on the conversion to make the score 7-5. At the 37minute mark, Cleveland scrumhalf put a kick towards Greensburg fullback Anthony Ngarava and got a lucky bounce right into his gut to add another try for Cleveland. The conversion was good and the score was 14-5 at half.

The second half was much the same as the first…defensive stands, hard hitting and a lot of penalties. A lot of bright spots for the young Greensburg players. Both teams played shutout defense until Greensburg was able to put in another try at the 76 minute mark when Caldwell picked the ball out of a ruck and fought through 5 guys to dot down the ball down. The conversion by Carl Wooloff was good making it a 14-12 ballgame. Greensburg dug in for one last drive taking the ball at their 10 meter as time expired but came up short when the ball was knocked on at the Cleveland 20 meter.

A great day of rugby…a few bad bounces of the ball.

Starting lineup: 1-Freddy Orr, 2-Jason Saunders, 3-Joey Stynchula, 4-Josh Eathorne, 5-Darren Dorn, 6-Matt King, 7-Adam Kowatch, 8-Ross Welshons, 9-Robbie Cerentich, 10-Hudnell Caldwell, 11-Randall Stout, 12-Jared Bailey, 13-Joe Martin, 14-Matt Comstock, 15-Anthony Ngarava

Reserves: Carl Wooloff, Jeric Fry, Henry Field, Jeremy Basinger, Justin Fuss, Kevin Anderson

Next game – Greensburg Maulers vs. Pittsburgh Highlanders, 3:00pm kickoff at Mammoth Park