Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ohio Dominate Sacramento For Important Win

There is no place like home for Ohio. After enduring a very disappointing defeat to San Diego on a last minute try last week Ohio took out all their frustrations on Sacramento in a 50-17 win on their return to Memorial Park. Ohio were dominant throughout the entire match going on a major run in the first half and then continuing that momentum into the second half.

Now with another large win (they scored over 50 points yet again) Ohio have showed why they are one of the favorites to finish at the top of the table. So far it's been a matter of what ifs for the team. If they had finished their chances against Denver in week one and then been able to hold on against San Diego they would be the only undefeated team in the competition.

For Sacramento it's a fourth straight loss after beating San Francisco in week one. They aren't out of the picture completely but it would take a massive turnaround for the team to compete for a spot at the top of the table. They once again did some things well but are still looking for improvement.

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Sacramento actually had the momentum early as Mirco Bergamasco connected on a penalty just a couple of minutes in. However, Ohio then went on a run that effectively finished off the match. First it was turnover ball at the breakdown when Sione Latu got isolated for Sacramento. That allowed Ohio to make just a couple of quick passes before Matt Hughston scored his first of the match.

Next it was a mishandled line out from Sacramento that Filippo Ferrarini scooped up to go the 15 meters for the try. Next it was Dylan Fawsitt a few phases after a line out to push the score to 21-3.

Things got worse for Sacramento when Cam Falcon was shown a yellow for intentionally trying to slow down the ball. With the man advantage Sebastian Kalm took the ball on a quick tap from a penalty in the scrum and rumbled over for the score. Shaun Davies was off on this conversion but Ohio led 26-3 with about 13 minutes left in the half.

Sacramento had their best chance of the half as they worked a maul but like had happened all day Ohio was able to steal it back. Sacramento did have another penalty attempt but Bergamasco's kick hit the post. Jamie Mackintosh added another try for Ohio when he picked the ball out of the ruck. At halftime Ohio led 33-3.

In the second half Sacramento started brightly when they were able to go through several phases. Nemia Qoro found the gap and scored to at least get Sacramento their first try. Still, the second half belonged to Ohio. Tries in two minutes from Hughston and Spike Davis pushed the lead to 45-10.

Tempers flared in the match and Roland Suniula was shown yellow for Ohio but it didn't change much. Kyle Sumsion scored a late try for Sacramento while Davis did the same for Ohio.

Ohio head to San Francisco next week while Sacramento head to San Diego.


Tries: Hughston (2), Ferrarini, Fawsitt, Kalm, Mackintosh, Davis (2)
Conversions: Davies (5)


Tries: Qoro, Sumsion
Conversions: Bergamasco (2)
Penalties: Bergamasco

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