This was a hard fought victory despite the final scoreline.
This was a good early season test for The Wolves and a chance to see how the boys would match up after holidays and only a couple of weeks in full training. It was interesting to see the rule changes on rucks, handoffs and the increased scrum size and the boys overall looked much bigger than last year. Beccs looked pumped up from the first whistle and came flying out of the blocks taking an early lead when one of their big(ger) lads piled through the centre with a combination of strength and some nifty footwork. Throughout the next 10 minutes The Wolves struggled to get a foothold in the game missing a few key tackles in midfield and failing to get a passing game going in attack with Malachi and William a little isolated on the wings. Towards the end of the half, however, Wolves came back strongly although a couple of tackle breaking surges by Alphie were halted by decent Beccs defending and Christopher’s mazy run also ended with him being bundled into touch just short of the line. At half time the feeling was that The Wolves had done well to get a foothold in the game but would they regret not converting some of this late territorial dominance into points?
Wolves answered any doubters in the second half by running in an amazing 5 tries to 1 to underline their dominance which was all sparked by good pressing and a couple of Oscar’s signature tackles: Ethan ran through a tired Beccs defence to score a good solo try, Toby exploited a defensive mix up to intercept cleverly on the line and Thierryon scored a hatrick of tries running in strongly (twice) and finishing off a fine team move where Wolves went from left to right and over to the left again as they finally started passing and creating space.
Well done The Wolves and apologies if I missed any key moments out!
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