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MONTREAL – Renowned for their flair and irrepressible joie de vivre replica breitling, the inhabitants of Canada’s French-speaking province (Quebec) were dealt a melancholy blow on October 21 as the HBS Rugby Club defeated McGill’s MBA students 10-7 in their annual fall classic.

The trip to Montreal is a highlight of the fall season and an enduring tradition, celebrating North America’s first ever intercollegiate rugby match played between McGill University and Harvard College back in 1874.

While the HBS side has a deeper bench and arguably more experienced players than McGill, these advantages were all but nullified by the water-logged pitch which seemed to have recently been covered in a fresh layer of topsoil. The tour would again be known as “the dirtiest weekend of the season.”

With a thick layer of mud providing some welcome cover for the dubious personal hygiene of the forwards, HBS dominated the first half of play replica watches uk. However, some questionable refereeing robbed the Harvard men of scoring opportunities, most notoriously the disallowed try by Craig “Cannon Ball” Canton (NJ). The half closed with neither side managing to put points on the board.

The second half started with Harvard scoring early on a beautiful try by Carter “Diehard” Gaffney (NB), giving the boys from Boston a 5-0 lead. McGill answered back quickly with a try of their own however, which was converted successfully to give the Canadians a 7-5 advantage.

Back-and-forth play continued, with the forwards crashing hard up the field while trying to control a slippery ball. Play was made more challenging as the uniforms became completely covered in mud and at times indistinguishable.

As the clock wound down and John “Anger Management” Doran’s (OB) feedback to the referee became less and less constructive, it looked as though McGill might win their first match in the long and storied tradition of the October classic. HBS still had some fight in them however, and after a strong push in the dying minutes brought them to within meters of the try zone, Neil “Green Giant” Campbell (ND) picked up a loose ball out of the maul and scored the winning try on what turned out to the be final play of the game, to give Harvard the 10-7 victory.

Rookie sensation (and Paul Hogan understudy) Mark “Tinsel T” De Ambrosis (NF) was awarded “Man of the Match” honors by McGill for his outstanding play at Fly Half.

After several hours of cleaning up, HBS and their gracious McGill hosts explored the bountiful nightlife of Montreal. Academic considerations were never far from their minds however, and after meeting several friendly locals at the Montreal nightclub “Tokyo Bar,” a lively discussion ensued as to how one might model the numerous encounters as a portfolio of real options.

After a long drive home and with their French phrasebooks safely stowed away for another year, the lads can now focus on the final match of the regular season, versus MIT on Sunday October 29, 1:00pm. A victory will ensure a playoff berth for the team, the first in several years.

In an unrelated story, Sam “Coverboy” Gray (OI) recently participated in the Men’s Health Urbanathalon, finishing third in his age category. The Harbus first broke the story three weeks ago, and internet traffic accessing the MBA Class Card application surged 12% on the news. Gray was unavailable for comment.

The Harvard Business School RFC wishes to thank team sponsor Anglo Irish Bank, APAX Partners, Tommy Doyle’s, Sierra Nevada, and Magners Original Irish Cider for their generosity and continued support.

October 30, 2006
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