Ducks battle back to beat Des Moines, move to 4-0

Ducks Lock Tama Leutele puts the moves on against Des Moines on Saturday, Oct. 7. After getting down early, the Ducks fought back to win 30-27. (Photo: Ben Statler)

Ducks Lock Tama Leutele puts the moves on against Des Moines on Saturday, Oct. 7. After getting down early, the Ducks fought back to win 30-27. (Photo: Ben Statler)

The Iowa City Ducks escaped with a win on Saturday, Oct. 7, beating Des Moines 30-27 after falling behind by two tries early in the first half. The Boys from Iowa City now sit atop their division's table at 4-0 in league play. 

The Duck's man of the match Saturday was Scrum-half Ryan Taylor. Taylor said he tried to get the ball out quicker as the game went on, and thought the team ran well in general.

"I think as the backline gets more comfortable with each other in phases and get our fitness up, that will get better and better," Taylor said. "This was the first match I really felt in shape, I think our fitness work in practice is paying off on the field."

Duck's President Chuck "Prime" Furness said he noticed two major things the team could work to improve upon from Saturday.

"We had too many penalties. When we get better our penalties go down, but on Saturday we we're kind of going backwards with the amount we got, we have to cut them down," Furness said. "We also could have made some better decisions inside the 22-meter line, there was a lot of wind, which made it tough to kick, but we made some bad choices too."

But there were some positives Furness said he noticed as well.

"Our scrums got better and better, by the end of the game we were able to hold our own pretty well," he said. "We stayed and played tough like we always do."

Duck's Captain Ty Carew said he agreed with Furness.

"That will to win really came out," he said. "We did well in some tough situations and we were able to come through."

Carew said he thought tackling was one of the biggest areas of improvement the club could focus on before hosting Clinton on Oct. 21. 

"I think almost everybody tackled high or missed in some way, once we get hands on a guy, we have to bring him down, that's how you stop good teams," Carew said. "But I thought we were coming up together well and our point of contact was pretty good."

Going 4-0 is something the Ducks haven't done in awhile, and Carew said it was good to see the team working together.

"It feels pretty good, I think everyone's kind of on the same page," he said. "I think we have a great group of guys that are focused on a single goal and people can align with that." 

Furness said he agreed with Carew.

"We still have that 'buzz'," he said. "Not many teams are able to keep that going."

After Saturday's win the Ducks hosted Des Moines at Grizzly's South Side in Iowa City for a social and some cold beer. That win, the closest all season for the flock, wouldn't have been possible without everyone on the club putting in effort, Carew said.

"It wasn't just the 15 guys on the field that won that game for us," he said. "It was the 30 guys that keep showing up and practicing hard every week."

 

 

 

 

Ducks fly high in win over Northeast Iowa

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The Ducks remain unbeaten after defeating the Northeast Iowa Barbarians 46-21 on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Oktoberfest in Amana. The Ducks previously beat the Barbarians at the beginning of the month, but this win brings the flock to 3-0 in league play this fall. 

Duck's captain Tyler Carew said he thought the team had done a complete turnaround when compared to the 2016 season.

"Last year at this time we were 0-4, now we're 3-0, that's a complete 180°," he said. "I think we're turning it around for the best."

Although there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday, Carew said there was still more the team needed to work on.

"We need to work on letting the ball do the work, there were some times where we didn't," he said. "We also need to work on our tackling and breakdowns and not relying on the sir."

Forwards coordinator Mike Brown said he saw a lot of good things out of the pack on Saturday, but saw room for improvement as well.

"I thought we spread the ball really well and had a pretty solid defense in the pack," Brown said. "Communication's a huge thing though, we have to talk more."

Backline coordinator Tyler Dailey said he thought the backs did a good job of keeping their heads up.

"Overall we tackled fairly well and we didn't allow mistakes to get us down," he said. "We have to continue to work on spreading the field on defense and communicating both offensively and defensively."

Next up the Ducks host Des Moines at home in Iowa City. Carew said it would be the team's biggest challenge yet.

"Des Moines has a lot of speed, we're going to have to counter that," he said. "They move the ball well and they play good defense, it's going to be a challenge."

 

 

Ducks knock off the rust - Defeat Northeast Iowa Barbarians

On Saturday the Ducks flew North to Decorah, IA to battle the Northeast Iowa Barbarians.  The match was tight the entire first half with the Barbarians trailing by only 3 at the break.

In the second half the Ducks proved to be too much for the Barbarians to handle.  Ducks finished the match winning 58-26!

Next Saturday the Ducks fly east to Clinton, IA to battle the Clinton Muddy River Rugby Club. 

Fall Schedule announced!

Below is our Fall schedule for 2017

Sept 9th - @Northeast Iowa
Sept 16th - @Clinton
Sept 23rd - TBD
Sept 30th - HOME vs Northeast Iowa  (Octoberfest)
Oct 7th - HOME vs Des Moines
Oct 14th - TBD
Oct 21st - HOME vs Clinton
Oct 28th - @Des Moines

Nov 4th and 5th - WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

Nov 11th - MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS (LOCATION TBD)

Ducks Heading to All Iowa!

This weekend the Ducks will travel to Iowa Falls for the Annual All Iowa Tournament!  Matches will begin around 8 am and last until about 5 pm.

We will be actively updating scores and pictures on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Good luck Ducks!!!