Saturday, 31 May 2014

In perfect conditions at Henry Turner South Reserve the home team comes back from a quick start of the visitors to win 22 - 15.

The Rams were quick out of the blocks with a try of their scrum half in the first play of the game. A couple of minutes after that a penalty extended the visitors lead to 10 points. Nic Henderson's team didn't panic and regrouped quickly to put pressure on Moorabbin. Shane Imo slotted the first of his four penalties to reduce the gap to seven and then came two tries for the doggies to nil for the rams.
After an highly entertaining and well played half from both sides, the score was 13 - 10.
Footscray moved better the ball with the backs and built on a solid forward line, whilst Moorabbin was to slow to capitalise on opposition errors and made to many handling mistakes.
In the second half the game turned more physical, with referee Beau Dean Gosper forced to go for the yellow card twice against the rams.
Footscray played a clever game of territory keeping Morrabbin in his half for most of the time and Imo accumulated points on the board from the tee.
The Rams get a try back thank to their left winger that used to his advantage the weaker body of his opponent, scrumhalf Yamada, today playing on the wing.
With the penalty count growing on the visitor's side the rams became also less patient and conceded more soft penalties one for a contact after the whistle could have costed more than three points and another one in front of Footscray posts costed a yellow card to their number 12 and a probable score.
With the time running out and a seven point lead the doggies held on with a lot of courage and managed to keep their opponents far from their posts.
At the end it was a very solid performance for the home team, a disappointing afternoon for the visitors a very enjoyable ball game for most of the spectators, the one not barracking for the black and white.

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