Match report 1XV vs. RC Tilburg
22nd of September 2019
Coming off a big loss and the springbok’s misfortunes adding salt to the wounds; it was always going to be a tough game. From the sideline it didn’t look good, possibility due to the best-looking centre’s absence from the game.
It got off to a slow start. Tilburg’s scrum was solid and made clean ball difficult. A silver lining were the lineouts, winning our balls and disrupting most of theirs, all culminating into a try from a thunderous driving mall. Word on the sidelines was that it hasn’t happened in a while.
Tilburg forwards were tough to defend against. Their pick-and-go strategy only resulted in incremental gains but was taxing on energy levels. Maybe the reason for the two tries they scored? Tries, which were like a forwards six pack after the summer break; a bit soft.
The second half was all to play for. Tilburg paid for their bad discipline with Maupie’s successful penalty kicks. As I was busy fetching many balls over the fence, I can only share some of the highlights:
Their line attack was sharp and up fast. Alvaro took some big hits but still managed to get the ball out wide. Tweak thundering into tackles; also panicking on the try line. Big Dan leading from the front. Ruben littering on the field. Their Ill discipline resulted in a second half full of penalties going our way. In the words of Gandhi, I think, “they were feeling the pressure.”
With minutes left the score was 20-14 to LSRG. Tense moments with Dirk Walenkast calling in to video chat the last moments (standard rates apply). Tilburg made a final onslaught towards our try line, a scene all to familiar in the past, yet the defense held. A much needed victory and testament to the effort shown in training.
Score: LSRG - RC Tilburg: 20-14
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