By Christopher Baker October 13th, 2014: In the fifth week of the season the Fort Wayne Black and Blue hosted the Westside Outcasts. Fort Wayne was 1-2 coming into this last week while Avon was 0-3, but both teams were looking to get a win and move up a spot or two. The contest saw both teams play hard-nosed, fast paced, and their best rugby.

The Outcasts came with a game team that is getting better with every week, and the Black and Blue looked to improve younger players and gain experience at new positions for newer players. The roster for Fort Wayne:
#1 - Martinez Calderon, Felipe (FR)
#2 - Hastings, Kevin (FR)
#3 - Sendo, James (FR)
#4 - Serres, Taylor L1
#5 - Haber, Brian L2
#6 - Stephenson, Andrew BSF
#7 - Day, Ryan OSF
#8 - Dunfee, Jeremy N8
#9 - Baker, Christopher SH
#10 - Mangan, Matthew FH
#11 - Duffy, Daniel W1
#12 - Boyanowski, Joshua IC
#13 - Steele, Wes OC
#14 - Strack, Nathan W2
#15 - Browden, Benjamin FB
#16 - Werling, Bryan R1
#17 - Ballard, Chris R2
#18 - Trigg, Shane (FR) R3
#19 - Wall, Clinton R4
#20 - Burns, James (FR) R5
#21 - Brown, Matt (FR) R6
#22 - Fain, Austin R7
#23 - Salamone, Jeffrey R8

The first half was very competitive with neither team giving up a score till the 30th minute. The first thirty was a little sloppy for the Black and Blue with too many penalties that were eventually turned into points for the Outcasts, but the Black and Blue struck first on a try by Josh Boyanowski. The next two tries were scored by Westside; but to end the half, Fort Wayne’s Kevin Hastings scored and kicked for points after in the 40th minute. The half time score was tied at 12 apiece.

In the second half,  the Black and Blue looked to exert its dominance over the Outcasts. It took Fort Wayne 9 minutes for Shane Trigg, off the bench, to score a try because of some tough work by the forwards in within the 22 line. The next try was a magic pass by Josh Boyanowski, to avoid going out of bounds, to Matt Mangan who caught the ball in the air and scored the fourth try for the Black and Blue. Minutes after his wonderful pas, Josh Boyanowski scored his second try of the game.  

The game continued to go in Fort Waynes favor well into the second half. Fort Wayne worked it of loads and kept the ball moving forward deep into Westside’s side of the field. On a great play on the right side of the pitch, Jeff Salamone received a pass, he is used to doing the passing, and motored down the field, breaking a tackle and using a sidestep, to score the fifth try for the Black and Blue. Clint Wall came in late in the second half and scored on an excellent run from about 30 out. Jeremy Dunfee scored the last try of the game thanks to good off loads made by Bryan Werling and the forwards. The final score was 46-12 Black and Blue.

Fort Wayne continues to improve and will need to with two past opponents left in the last games of the fall season, White River who beat us and are our rival in two weeks, but first is Columbus who is looking for revenge and to improve its season at the expense of the Black and Blue.

We are learning to play with each other, but we need to be under control and work on securing the ruck. There were lots of hands in the ruck penalties given up,  most of them were my fault, but if we bind on to each other and go over the ball, through the gate, we can win any ruck. We mulled, scrummed, and threw line outs well for the second week straight. We can and need to win out in the fall. We are on the cusp, on the brink, of future success and we can’t stop now.

Bleed Black and Blue