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Monday, May 16, 2016

Denver Beat Sacramento, Stay Perfect


Denver have kept their record a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 35-13 win over Sacramento at Bonney Field last Sunday. Denver now have a win over every team in the competition and are looking stronger every week. Sacramento move to 1-3 with three straight defeats.

Sacramento had the early momentum and soon earned a penalty attempt from Mirco Bergamasco. Unfortunately for Sacramento he was off on the attempt. The tide then turned to Denver as they ran through quick phases and soon found an overlap out on the wing. After an initial run from Mike Garrity it was Max De Achaval in the right spot for the try. Will Magie was off on the conversion but Denver led 5-0.

Denver kept pressing after the try and soon had a line out in great attacking territory but Sacramento were able to clear. Still, it was all Denver early as they look very fluid on defense. They soon found another gap where Hanco Germishuys went in for a try on his debut. This time Magie connected on the conversion.

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Needing a try to keep even the Sacramento forwards went to work. Picking and going off a line out Ollie Kilifi would have the honors of powering over for the score. Bergamasco would add the conversion and the match would be tied at 12-7. Bergamasco and Magie would then each trade a couple of penalties a piece as the match went into the break at 18-13 for Denver.

Just three minutes into the second half Sacramento had Bergamasco sent to the bin. Denver would make the advantage count as they once again used their backs to spread the ball across the pitch. Eventually that expansive play saw Magie send in a kick over the top that was recovered by De Achaval for his second of the match.

However, any momentum gained from the try was wiped out soon after when Chad London temporarily evened the players on the pitch when he earned a yellow card for killing a great Sacramento opportunity near the try line. His sacrifice ended up being worth it in the end as Sacramento weren't able to punch in a score.

After Denver went back to full strength Germishuys added his second try to make it 28-13. Then with four minutes left in the match Niku Kruger added a try of his own to make the final 35-13.

Overall, the match was very wide open, possibly the most wide open match PRO Rugby has seen so far. Each team loved to get out and attack. It wasn't always pretty at times but the fluidity of each side is improving. There is no question that Denver were the better team on the day but the scoreline doesn't really reflect how close Sacramento were for most of the match.

Denver 35

Tries: De Achaval (2), Germishuys (2), Kruger
Conversions: Magie (2)
Penalties: Magie (2)

Sacramento 13

Tries: Kilifi
Conversions: Bergamasco
Penalties: Bergamasco (2)
 

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