FAIRMONT, W. Va. - Despite sloppy conditions and short benches on both sides, the Franciscan rugby team picked up a 57-20 win over Fairmont State, Friday evening.
The Baron benefited from a short bench for the Fighting Falcons as they were dealing with injuries of their own and had to shuffle players into new positions. Because of a new line up, a wet field, and a late kickoff, the Ruggers never really got into a rhythm but were able to continue to score, despite the less than ideal conditions.
Rookie PJ Ernst continues to play well at the 8-man. He scored twice and converted eight of his nine conversion kicks. Freshman Gabe Iacoviello was subbed in at lock early in the first half and had a strong showing and as head coach Dan Kramer described a "sneaky try". Gerard Pepin earned his first start for the Barons and brought a lot of power to the scrum and sound technical play in the open field.
"We were dealing with injuries at two important positions," remarked Coach Kramer. "To make everything work, we had to move a lot of players. Many guys were playing in positions they were not comfortable in and it showed. We hope to get healthy and return to better form for our next match."
That next match is next Saturday at Gevena. The game is slated to kick off at 1pm.