Fisheads Break Out At Home By Blasting Bayonne
The Rockaway Fisheads were angry at kick-off time last Saturday and it showed. After an opening week tie at Lansdowne, followed by a narrow onepoint loss to hated rival Montauk, the boys were glad to be home. They made Ft. Tilden a most un-welcome place for the visiting Bayonne Bombers, trouncing them, 31-7, and notching their first win of the fall rugby season.
"It felt great to get off the schneid" said veteran lock Phil Tufano. "Especially against these guys. Lots of big mouths out there today, so beating them was extra special."
Rockaway never trailed, although the match was closer than the score would indicate. Two penalty kicks by Welsh import Chris and a try by the pack in close, gave the locals an 11-0 halftime advantage. Extra-curricular spats between the two clubs marred what had otherwise been a well-played first half. .
The Fisheads would make them pay for it in the second half. Urged on during the halftime pow-wow by veteran fullback and local family man, Tyrone Sperling, the Blueshirts began the second stanza with an extra bit of nasty.
The Fisheads started to assert themselves more forcefully in the forward play and slowly took the starch out of the feisty visitors. Bayonne would notch a try off a patented "Mike the Russian" penalty infraction in close, but that would be it for the rambunctious Bombers for the rest of the afternoon.
Rockaway held a narrow 11-7 lead, but proceeded to overwhelm Bayonne with a continuous onslaught, leading to 20 unanswered points and a 31-7 final tally.Two tries by the diminutive Kermit Egan made for great highlight film stuff, as the less-than-sizable scrumhalf barreled through the big boys twice, from in close.
Chris added two conversions and two additional penalty kicks, to complete the box score for Rockaway. With their record a very symmetrical 1-1-1, head coach Bob Johnson predicted a big finish to the fall campaign for the Fisheads.
"We got the bugs out early and I don't see us losing or, God forbid, tying again," Johnson said.
"This is the best Fisheads side in quite a while and I think the sky is the limit. We have all the pieces in place for a huge run."
Johnson may well be right, judging from the Fisheads' pasting of Bayonne this week and their performance on the road last week against 2006 national Division 2 semi-finalist, Montauk. That game, dominated by a losing Rockaway side, ended in a 20-19 defeat at the hands of the powerful Montauk team.
The Fisheads continue the home cooking this Saturday at Ft. Tilden vs. the much-improved Monmouth Rugby Club. Kick-off is at 1:00 p.m.
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