It was a match to remember, played in what was left of Hurrican Ivan. OGRFC had a tough match against the experianced Portland team and came up trumps. In driving rain, and a soggy pitch we demonstrated some exceptionally solid phases of play during the game, although not consistently. The forwards owned the ball for the first 15 minutes of and scored our first try with a driving maul from a lineout – Aussie Pat the scorer!
Portland raised their intensity following the try and kept us pinned in our own half for the next 15 minutes. Some great defense by both forwards and backs kept them out but our inability to re-gain possession of the ball is something we need to fix. Fortunately we eventually managed to break Portlands grip on the ball and drove them back to their try line and scored following a series of strong forward drives. Big Jim Daylor the scorer!
Portland retaliated quickly with both their forwards and backs combining to run the ball up the middle and scored in the final minutes of the half. Fortunately for them, their kicker was on song (in terrible conditions) and converted the try. The score at the half time break was Old Gold 10 Portland 7.
The second half was similar to the first, each team taking control of the ball for periods of play but neither managing to make a crucial break – due in part by the appalling weather conditions. When Old Gold did get their hands on the
ball they tended to make 8 – 10 meters before losing the ball by being stripped in the tackle or being penalized for not releasing. The problem was with the runner attempting to go too far and losing contact with his support – we need to work on this !
Late in the second half with Old Gold driving for the Portland try line a penalty was awarded for a Portland indiscretion. From the tap kick, the ball was passed to Masi (the Tank) who smashed his way through four or five desperate defenders to score his second try in two games. Old Gold 15, Portland 7.
Highlights of the game included the hard running and hitting of the Dynamic Duo Sisi and his little brother Masi, the Old Gold scrum taking at least 3 tight heads, some great lineout steals by Woody, the all round play of Jon-Luc, the line breaking runs of our new center Chris Thuku, Filipes safety catching a number of high balls under pressure of opposition and the weather, and the overall gutsy play by the whole team against a very determined and physical opposition.
A great club effort by all who played, and all who helped with field setup and take down in really bad weather. Lets move on to Burlington and make sure we take the lessons from yesterdays game with us – WE WANT TO OWN THE BALL. All players who are available for the Burlington game please emial me, Jon-luc, Jimmy B and Ryan Sutton.
No B side game was played due to field conditions.
Did I mention the bad weather ?