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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Match Report 9/23/17

9/23/17 @ Kohlfeld Scorpions

On the third day of fall the Ramblers look forward to playing rugby in the cool crisp autumnal weather, however they were all severely pissed as temperatures topped 98F! It was to be a hot, sweaty afternoon as the Ramblers travelled to take on the Kohlfeld Scorpions.  The Ramblers travelled with a full squad, and some injuries, opened up spots for some of our rookies.

Despite the heat the Ramblers started strong with the forwards advancing the ball into the Scorpion 22 and a quick transition to the backs allowed wing Foxy to score in the corner.  Sam Faz added the extras.  0-7 after 4mins

The resulting kick off was not taking cleanly, but Alex McDevitt gathered the loose ball and broke up the middle of the field. Support from the forwards and quick hands released scrum half Kevin McAllister for the score.  Sam added the extras for a 0-14 lead after 6 minutes.

THe next 10 minutes saw sustained pressure on the Scorpions defence, however several attacks that should have kept the scoreboard moving went begging.  One failed attack allowed the SCorpions to clear their lines and Sam Faz recovered and sent a chip and chase down field, the resulting bounce eluded both Sam and the Scorpion fullback, but the Scorpion center recovered and tore through the Rambler line for a converted try. 7-14 at 17 min.

The Ramblers continued to string phases together probing with both forwards and backs, but the Scorpions capitalized on a Rambler knock on to level the score after 21 minutes. 14-14.

Despite the frustrations of letting a 2 try lead disappear and several missed chances and poor decisions (a prop is not faster than a winger!), a shortened Ramblers lineout saw the resulting crash and several pick and gos allow Dan Wisch to pick and go for a try. 14-19 @ 26 min

The Ramblers and Scorpions traded attacks for the next 10 minutes with neither side being able to convert their efforts into points.  A blistering run by the SCorpions back line looked a certain try, but the sting was taking out of the tail as the ball was dropped crossing the line.  A lucky escape.

As the half neared its end and the heat was leading to more and more unforced errors, but after sustained pressure in the Scorpion 22 the Rambler opted for points from a penalty in front of the posts.  14-22 @ 35 min. Leo Polson with the kick.

As temperature continued to rise, the temperatures on the field began to boil and a foolish high tackle on Adam Schmitt saw the Scorpions visit the sin bin.

THe Ramblers advanced down the field from the resulting penalty, but again a turnover by the Scorpions saw an opportunity go wanting.  Luckily the Scorpions knocked on and the Ramblers had an attacking scrum on the Scorpion 10m line.  The Ramblers made an inspired decision (the coach screamed at them) to attack the blindside as the Scorpions lacked a wing due to the sin bin.  A 8-9-14 play sees Foxy cross for his second. 14-27 @ 39 min. Leo with the extras

A huge sigh of relief at the half time whistle saw a frantic hunt for shade.

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw several errors by both sides that saw several promising attacks fizzle out.  The Scorpions were the first to score with a scrum in the Rambler 22 that allowed the Scorpion #8 to pick and score due to poor tackling.

Another turn over in the SCorpions 22 saw another opportunity go begging, but as the Scorpions tried to counter Mike Morton intercepted for the try. 21-34 @ 58min.

The Ramblers continued to attack and a lineout on the Scorpion 22 saw a well worked play allow Dan Wischmeyer stretch, reach and worm is way over for the final score of the day.

Final Score: 21-39

Man of the Match:  Chris Van Schalkwyk

Honourable Mention: Pat Keeven

Golden Boot:  Sam Fazholz for a distinct lack of a Golden boot by missing touch by a considerable bit

Golden Slipper: Rae FIscher for telling her husband that his first half performance was not up to par and he needs to work harder (She used better word than these!)

Oven Mitt of the Day: The Sun and resulting sweat saw many knockons and turnovers.

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