|June 8, 2019||3:00 pm||Marshall 1||2019|
Man of the Match: Chase Harrison
Going into this weekend we knew that Oshawa liked to play expansive rugby and were heavy on the ball on defence. We got to see first hand what they got … and they can play. The first 20 minutes were quite even in terms of territory and possession, but for us we looked a little rusty having not fully trained together all week long. The Scottish scrum expressed themselves early on, not allowing Oshawa establish their set piece. The area that got away from us were the kick offs – not being aggressive enough on the chase and not being compact and challenging in the air. Oshawa drew first blood but the Scottish followed up with a penalty. When the Scottish were able to string phases together the 1st XV looked unstoppable, unfortunately our finishing in the red zone is not polished enough and we squandered opportunities. When you look back at the points that we left on the table, the scoreline would not have been this flattering.
We found ourselves chasing the game a bit, falling away from our structures, when Oshawa pulled ahead, but the captain on the day, Tom Aiken, lead from the front with a blue head. With 10 minutes left in the game, the team dug deep to disrupt and stole Oshawa’s lineouts deep within their half which eventually lead to an opportunity for a “shot” with no time left. The whistle blew and we found ourselves pulling one out of the fire. Man of the match Chase Harrison, his first game with the 1s this year – hard direct running and some solid defence created opportunities for the team. Well done Chase.
Next week – the Nomads, as we play for the first piece of hardware on offer this year – the Woodburn Cup. The cup has not been played for in the past 10 years, and now that the Scottish and the Nomads are in the same division, it is up for the taking.