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Monday, 9 October 2017

Match Report 10/7/17

Ramblers @ Bombers 10/7/17

 

So the week started with an expectation of storms for the clash between the Ramblers and the Bombers.  Meteorologists nationwide predicted pregame storms and post game storms.  But as a every Rambler knew the storms would be 1-2:30pm and we were way more accurate than the weatherman.

Correction, we were out by 11 minutes and 30 seconds!

Playing on the Bombers home field is always a big ask as, taking a cricketing term, the 12th man can make a difference. The Ramblers, however, came out strong and becalmed the wind in the Bomber sie lines.

Sustained pressure in the first 10 minutes earned a Rambler penalty 8m from the Bomber try line.  A well worked penalty play say Keven Griff cross for the first try. Sam Fazholz converted. 7-0 after 9 minutes,  

The next score saw a great break from Foxy from the Bomber 10m line but some solid Bomber defense looked to deny the try, but a sublime offload released Mike Morton to score under the posts. SAm converts for a 14-0 lead after 12 minutes.

Then the predictions came true, the skies opened and the rain fell,, combined with the brand new ball (why? No serioudly why?) the game proceeded as this:

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That being said, the stalwart defence from the Ramblers was impressive leading to some huge hits and solid turnovers.  The intense pressure allowed the Ramblers to dominate field possession, but sadly our own handling errors failed to convert the territory to points.  Half time 14-0.

 

The sun, not surprisingly, came out at the half time whistle and apparently the ref controlled, not only the game, but the weather as when the whistle blew for the second half the rain began to fall.

Despite the weather the Ramblers controlled field position but still failed to convert.  A try went begging as the slick ball decided that a forward motion was best and the Bombers earned a 5m scrum. Rambler dominance in the pack saw the ball squirt out 1 foot (12 inches, 0.3m) from the tryline and the only player to react, Kevin Mcallister, dove on it, rolled over it and knocked it on!  This unfortunate (chug a beer worthy) error resulted in a 5m scrum.  Sadly the Bombers won the scrum but as the #9 picked the ball he was caught in the headlights of a charging Keven Griff who ripped the ball from him and flopped down for the try! Missed conversion 19-0 at 52 minutes.

The sustained pressure and Knock on

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Persisted but late in the game the weather improved and some dry back hands allowed Foxy to break andallow Michael Morton to score for his second. Ramblers 24-0 and the Bonus point.

They say you are the most vulnerable (seriously though, who is they? Anyone getting married, having kids or living life, please let me know who “They” is) just after you score and in this case they was right.  The Bombers deny the Ramblers the shut out by a strong run down the try line from the Rambler 10 to score in the corner, despite great tackle from Terell Johnson (post game “video”coverage concluded it was no try). 24-5 at 70 minutes

Ramblers came back strong and sub, Pat Conaty, continued his long standing challenge with the Rothermich brothers to send him off by racking up several penalties, however fortune favours (yes this is a u in favours) the brave and missed Bombers kicks allowed the Rambler to again attack the Bomber tryline.

Stalwart (apparently liking this word tonight) capitalized on sustained forward pressure to cross and close the game out for a 31-5 win.

Final Score: 31-5

Man of the Match:  Kevin “Afershave is like chucking to me” McAllister

Honourable Mention: Wet weather and knock-ons=The Pack

Golden Boot:  Leo Polson: So wants to beat the Bombers, but in the last 2 years as a starter has made it 5 minutes

Golden Slipper: Vanessa does it again by proving the point that behind every great rugby player is a greater wife.  Ramblers failed to bring water and Vanessa saves the day!

Oven Mitt of the Day: Anyone not knock-on?

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