1XV vs. Obelix
Sunday 12 January '20
The first game of 2020 was scheduled and the first opponent of the second phase of the competition was Obelix. Fat farmers away from home again. The opportunity to start the year of good, putting our new year resolutions to test. Even with the injury count within the double digits a great team was put on the field to assure our win.
We didn't start the way we should. Two cars were delayed by logistical problems and one to help a family in need. The warm-up was short but nevertheless were eyes and minds pointing the same way: Defeat Obelix. We started good. Great kick-off by our Moroccan scrum half and a perfect chase got us immediately in possession of the ball in their half. The tone was set. However, the conditions were bad and we still needed to get rid of the rust obtained during the Christmas break. Result: Scrums Yeey. As this was our downfall the last game, we were well prepared and gave a great battle to maybe the strongest scrum in our league. After at least 5 scrums in the first 10 minutes and a lot of defending we started to slack a bit in defence. Obelix, that played good rugby, probably for the first times since I've played them (ca 5 years), made good use of their strengths and smashed with their big guys, kicked ok and were strong in the breakdown. This got us pinned in our own half and after a sacked maul, a few pick and go's got them their first score. As we normally start with a score against to wake us up, we immediately got in their half and we were pushing for a score. Nevertheless, luck wasn't on our side as an intentional knock on wasn't seen and we were pushed back into our half. We didn't give up and a tug of war began resulting in a lot of forced errors from both sides. This started to take their toll as we gave a lot of effort into maintaining the scrum. This started to take its toll. We were getting tired and they kept the pressure in the scrum and in field with short hard lines. This resulted in one more score in the first half.
The second half started with good intentions. Subs were brought on the field with a clear plan to get back in this half. Within two minutes we were underneath our posts waiting for the kick. After we didn't could the kick off the ball dropped out of bounce leaving us with a line out in our own 22. After this was not well executed the ball ended up in the hands of a prop on the run resulting in the score. Nevertheless, we felt that we could get back into this game and started with Bart aka BorrelBogaers famous words echoing through our minds as a small flashback: ITS zero-zero again boiiis. We started playing again and we started to make our presence known on the field. Big hits from Sjoerd, Dan and Alvarito got us some mental wins in the game. After finally playing multiple phases without any mistakes Sander got our zero off the scoreboard. This got our hopes up but as we weren't lucky in the finishing they got back into the game. Another two scores came from an unlucky bounce and a good offload game settled the score at 36-7 in Obelix favour.
Although the loss, I feel that again we again got a lot of great things to look back to. Yes we weren't coming of the defensive line as a whole group and yes we made some errors. But, we again didn't gave up and a lot of new guys stepped up to the plate and put in big hits and effort to make sure that we didn't gave it away. I'm again proud of our efforts and after we lost the rust in this week training, I'm sure that we will have a great game against Bekaro on our home turf.
Maurits aka Aziz, the Moroccan, Muppy and Mopey