Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spirited South Test Life Early

Press Release (David Conyers)

Widely regarded as the best men’s best rugby team in America, Life University exhibits all the traits of a professional rugby franchise. The American South chose to aim high in their final preparation before next month’s N.A.C.R.A pipe opener by challenging the Marietta powerhouse.

The result was obvious when you consider a semi- professional pitted against a territorial select team that meets for two hours practice the afternoon before. The score 50-8 to Life after three stanza’s.

The South defended stoutly in the opening period and held the green machine out for the first eight minutes before their excellent ball transfer left the Panthers well short on the open side.

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The difference in fitness level would show late in the half as Life continually dominated possession and ran in a further two trys to lead 19-3 at the break following a penalty kick from first five, Lucas Baistrocchi. The little possession the South did have, showed some promise, led by fearless captain Derek Wolfe and Wayne Chermely enabling the Panthers to get over the gain line in a series of good forward passages. Unfortunately Wolfe was injured in a strong charge before the break and had to be replaced.

The second stanza started and the South were instructed to better control possession and aim up the middle into the Life defense, this tactic proved fruitful with a number of multiple phase forays gaining some useful ground. The South bench was unleashed for some fresh legs, but did not impact on the high standard of fitness the Life U team maintains. Life were able to run in a further four trys in this period.

The final session had Life inject a large number of undergrads, mixed in with some senior players to complete the last section. It was in this period the South were able to win some better quality ball and held the home team to just one try a piece in the final section.

The South showed signs of what took them to the N.A.C.R.A title in 2013, but again were hampered by unforced errors and not sticking to the game plan, something the coaches will review in the video footage.

The South management is very thankful to Dan Payne and his Life club in hosting the tough, physical game that will be a good springboard for next month’s May 10 international against Bermuda again at Life University.

The team was best served yesterday by second rower Wayne Chermley who turned in his usual blinder and outside center Matt Hughston who scored the teams only try, and continually tested the Life defense with some powerhouse running, Captain Derek Wolfe also gave his absolute best until his injury that took some direction and momentum out of the south machine.

1 comment:

  1. Minor thing, according to Life twitter, score was 52-8 (26-3, 19-0, 7-5).