Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ohio Romp At Home Once Again, Beat San Diego

Memorial Park has become a fortress for Ohio. For third time this season the Aviators have scored over 50 points in a massive win, this time a 55-31 victory over San Diego. It was an important win for Ohio who needed the result to give themselves a chance to catch Denver at the top of the table. They still face an uphill battle but with two matches left against Denver, including one at Memorial Park, they have a chance. The same could be said of San Diego, who were within a whisker of beating Denver last weekend, but with two losses in a row and the team still missing their internationals they don't have momentum on their side. Each team picked up a bonus point which means they are tied on 22 points. Denver have 27 points.

Ohio have gotten out to hot starts at home all season and it continued yet again. When San Diego failed to field a deep clearing kick Spike Davis was there to pick it up and pass out to Dominic Waldouck to give the debutant the first of his three tries just four minutes in. Ryan Matyas would give San Diego some hope early with a nice run but he was caught and soon Robbie Shaw was able to connect on a penalty to put Ohio up 10-0 with just ten minutes played.

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Injuries took their toll early on both sides. Matt Hughston, who made the move to the centers for Ohio this week, broke his jaw. Andrew Suniula and Cecil Garber were lost for San Diego which just added to their missing list with many players away in Eagles or Canada camp.

Matyas would have another run that put San Diego in position again. This time they gained a penalty that Kurt Morath made to cut the lead to 10-3. However, that was quickly cancelled out but yet another Ohio try. It began when the Breakers made a forward pass. From the ensuing scrum Ohio worked the ball out to the win where Alex Elkins powered over the defense. Shaw would make the conversion and the Aviators held a 17-3 lead.

San Diego did catch a break when Jaime Mackintosh was sent to the bin after some rough stuff. With the man advantage the Breakers used a line out to go through several phases with their forwards before sending it out to Kalei Konrad for San Diego's first try.

Elkins then picked up his second try of the match. San Diego sent a clearing kick deep but straight into the hands of Ohio who simply passed it out to Elkins who was barely touched on his way to score. It was a big try, especially with Mackintosh still in the bin. However, San Diego did well to respond. With three minutes left in the half substitute Ben Leatigaga scooped up a Morath grubber for the try. With Morath's conversion the match would be as close as it would get at 22-17.

Not to be outdone Ohio worked hard to once again push near the line. Through several phases they were stood up by the San Diego defense but once they swung the ball out to their backs it found the hands of Spike Davis who wouldn't be denied the score. 27-17 at halftime.

Early into the second half a break from Sebastian Kalm was then fed to Ahmad Harajly, who then found Waldouck for the score. At 34-17 the match was at a critical junction. It would have been close heading toward the end but an excellent try line stand from Ohio prevented San Diego from grabbing an important try. Instead, it was Taylor Howden who through a dummy at the other end to extend the lead to 41-17 with 16 minutes to go.

Straight from the restart Ohio scored again with Waldouck benefitting. The Aviators then went over the 50 point mark when Davis added his second. San Diego made a late push getting a second try from Leatigaga and then one from Zach Pangelinan on debut to make the final score 55-31.

San Diego will head home to face San Francisco in their final match at Torero Stadium this season while Ohio heads to Denver.


Tries: Waldouck (3), Elkins (2), Davis (2), Howden
Conversions: Shaw (3), Davies (3)
Penalties: Shaw

San Diego

Tries: Konrad, Leatigaga (2), Pangelinan
Conversions: Morath (4)
Penalties: Morath

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