Two years removed from an undefeated regular season, Philly Whitemarsh RFC (9-0) is one game away from repeating the feat. PW fought off a Reading comeback, scoring 24 unaswered points late in the second half to win by a 51-25 margin. Reading's pack manhandled PW's forwards for much of the day but PW was able to win the scrums they needed to in the second half to pull out another victory.
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In this film: Jim Walier, George Betzler, Julian Sur, Stephen Siano, Chris Ryan, Puddin, Keith McLean, Terrance Titus, Biddy Boyle, JoJo Gunn, Rob Farley, Flam, Andy Rosato, Cass, Mike Siano, Marcus Mafie, Sheety
The annual PWRFC Hall of Fame Banquet will take place this year on Feb. 6 at the Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern. Start time is 7pm; appetizers and dinner served; cocktail attire preferred. There will be a silent auction and raffle.
Last Saturday served as a wake up call to Philly Whitemarsh (1-1) as they suffered just their fourth loss in the last two years and their first in EPRU play since the 2010 season. South Jersey (2-0) started strong in the pack and finished strong with their backline en route to a 24-14 home victory.
Immediatly after kickoff on a bright and windy day, South Jersey put the pressure on the boys visiting from Philly. SJ won a scrum inside the PW 22 but was unable to turn it into points, knocking the ball on. They won another scrum but again were unable to advance the ball over the goal line. A high tackle penalty inside the PW 22 again gave SJ a chance to put points on the board, but the kick from SJ's flyhalf went wide. A few attempts to kick behind the SJ's defense were defended well by the home squad, and they were again able to force a penalty and this time converted for a 3-0 lead. Just minutes later, strong play from SJ's forwards again forced a penalty that was converted for a 6-0 lead.
PW would respond. A blocked kick led to several phases of rucks near the SJ goal line. Finally PW Scrumhalf, Brian Oteri was able to pick the ball from a ruck and feed the pill back inside to a streaking Conway Maraki. The Philly flyhalf walked in for the score and Fullback, Jimmy Rosato converted to give PW a 7-6 lead. The lead would be shortlived however as SJ was able to get another penalty conversion before the half. At halftime, the score was 9-7 SJ.
As the second half began with the wind at PW's back, it appeared as though the tide had turned in their favor. PW marched down the field and off of a scrum, Maraki found Inside Cesare Coscia in a lane to the goal line. Rosato again converted to put PW back on top 14-9. SJ responded with their 4th penalty conversion just minutes later to cut the lead to 14-12. Both sides struggled with penalties and were unable to score for the next 10 minutes. Finally SJ's backline found a breakdown of defense in PW's backline and their inside center broke through for a 20 meter try. The conversion was no good and SJ led 17-14 with only minutes left to play. With SJ again attacking, their backline again made a break through the defense and their center scampered in for the score. The conversion put the final touches on the 24-14 win as the final whistle sounded.
Philly Whitemarsh looks to rebound on Saturday with a home match against Whitehorse (0-2).
The boys from PWRFC seem to be right where they thought they'd be at this point in the season. After an incredibly successful undefeated fall season, the team expected to make it through the MARFU playoffs on top then into the USA Rugby Round of 16.