|August 24, 2019||3:00 pm||Marshall 1||2019|
Man of the Match: Matt Wolfe
The 1st XV had to work for this one, and knowing Oshawa was a tough team to play at home, they did not disappoint. We had early troubles of our own which helped Oshawa generate the momentum early on as we turned over the ball 10 times within 25 minutes of the game. What we lacked in possession, we made up for in the defensive wall which we fronted against the Vikings – line speed was good, forcing Oshawa to operate under pressure; we got carried in a few tackles, but our coverage was outstanding.
In the second half, the forwards really had to take the game by the neck and dig in, as we needed to generate phase play – and this is something that we need remind ourselves as we begin to feel that the game is running ahead of us. We had to chip away at the defence to gain the yards after contact to get any “go forward” momentum.
As the game progressed the area that we needed to re-visit is the breakdown, where we were called for “holding on” on several occasions. The pre contact (ball carrier + arriving players), ground work and presentation made it difficult for the 9s to play an up tempo game which we strive for. We also need to re-examine survivability at ruck time for Ajax and Irish in a few weeks time.
Kudos to the players for scoring our first penalty try of the season!! and kudos to Matt Wolfe in keeping the defensive alignment steady and ready for 80 minutes.