|May 25, 2019||3:00 pm||Marshall 1||2019|
Man of the Match: Mike Smith
To think the Toronto Scottish to run rampant in the newly re-organized league structure is far from the truth. The thought that teams in the lower divisions mixing with the Marshall teams are not very good is relative – in fact they are quite good at what they do, the problem is… we need to do better at what we do.
The Toronto Scottish opened the account, early in the game, with Owen Lavado dotting down the first try with some slick hands and quality interplay in the first 20minutes (note: we had a 30 minute lightning and rain delay). The second deposit came off a lovely set piece movement from a lineout, carving through the Peterborough backfield with Will Devane crossing the chalk. We pressed the pace, creating linebreaks in between the tram lines and getting in behind the defence with regularity, but we failed to convert the possession and the yards into points once in the red zone and we gave away the psychological advantage …. because soon after that….the “winter” came.
Frozen out of possession for much of the second half, turnovers and the lack of discipline (1 yellow card), on our behalf turned the promising start to a slippery slope of desperation. The final 40 minutes became reminiscent of the loss to Burlington in 2018… we became our own worst enemy. Peterborough bullied the contact area and found the ability to string phases, forcing the Scottish to work double time on defence. The little possession we did have, we had turned over and thus unable to gain territory or momentum making the final 40 minutes a grind – it was bare knuckled stuff as Peterborough lived off our mistakes and ill discipline as they countered punched into our 22m to seal the victory.
With the abundance of new accents on the club this year, the Scottish will need to do better at translating possession into points especially in the red zone. Tidying up the contact area and the breakdowns are high on the agenda for this week, and without giving away too many details, the Scottish will be back on the hunt …. “lightning” will not be striking a third time.”
– Coach Ed