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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Match Commentary: Life vs. St. Mary's

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Pre-game: This is the rubber match between the two teams. In the last four DI-A finals each has won twice.
1: And we're underway!
2: Life with an early shot at the posts but it's off the post.
5: Try Life! Lock Mike Islava crashes over after good pressure from the forwards! The conversion is good. 7-0.
7: St. Mary's with an athletic charge down and they are on the attack. A blistering start to this one.
8: Dylan Audsley slot the easy penalty for St. Mary's. It's now 7-3 with 8 played.
11: Another penalty from Audsley, this time from a much more difficult angle, and it's 7-6.

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13: Life's getting warned for two many penalty.
17: Dylan Audsley try! St. Mary's dominate the possession the last ten minutes and get the try. The conversion is good. 13-7 to SMC.
20: Life with a good spell of pressure but they can't connect out wide and it's knocked on.
21: Duncan Van Schalkwyk is set to the bin. That's a big blow for Life. Audsley connects on his third penalty. 16-7 for St. Mary's.
25: Life putting on all the pressure right now. They go quick on a penalty on the scrum and are in! Brian Muntanga with the try. Conversion good. 16-14.
32: Life on the attack again. They've settled down and could retake the lead before the break.
33: St. Mary's with a huge steal at the line just as Life looked like they were going to score again. Van Schalkwyk is back on for Life as well.
38: St. Mary's called for the penalty. Sam Cowley is going to have a shot at goal. Cowley's kick is up and good. 17-16 now for Life.
39: Life spill the ball and St. Mary's have a chance but it's knocked on.
40: And now it's Life pushing. It's stopped by a dangerous tackle in the air. That's the halftime whistle.
HALFTIME
40: Second half is underway!
45: Life on the attack early in the second half. Five minutes played and no new scores yet.
47: Try Cody Melphy for Life! Excellent line from Melphy to make that one happen. Life now in front 24-16.
49: Life have a second player sent to the bin. It's Harley Davidson. They rallied the last time.
50: Audsley kicks his fourth penalty of the match. St. Mary's 19-24 Life.
52: Vili Helu with a second very nice run but Life get the turnover. Defense has been upped in the second half from each team.
58: Vili Helu with another great run thanks to St. Mary's winning at the breakdown. He's pulled into touch on a great tackle.
61: Audsley with his fifth kick of the game. St. Mary's 22-24 Life.
64: The game has settled in as each team is looking for a set piece win.
66: Audsley connects again. St. Mary's regain the lead at 25-24.
68: Vili Helu is off for St. Mary's with what looks like a shoulder injury.
73: About 7 minutes left in the match. Life had one good movement but knocked it on. Another player down injured.
75: Holden Yungert try! Kevin O'Connor did most of the hard work with an excellent run. Big, big score for St. Mary's. Dylan Audsley has his conversion charged down. 30-24. Five minutes left.
78: A big turnover for St. Mary's. With about a minute to go they can take some time off the clock.
80: Time was up but Audsley kick doesn't find touch. Life with one last chance. Knock-on. St. Mary's are the DI-A Champions!

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