The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
During the past week, the Clan have been busy on the pitch. Let's take a closer look at performances on the field!
The Clan AC side traveled to the south side of town to take on the newly promoted LTs.
It proved a happy return to the AC ranks for the LTs as they ran out winners 30-11. In an evenly matched and entertaining encounter, both sides moved the ball well and created scoring chances, but on many occasions the final pass just wouldn't go to hand.
The 1st half ended with the LTs up 15-3 courtesy of a couple of well taken opportunities off the back of some ill discipline from the Clan. Not out of the game by any means, the Clan came out of the half time break swinging and put real pressure on the LTs lines but could only master 3 points for all of their endeavour and hard work.
Stand outs for the Clan in the forwards was Cole Merkosky who was industrious throughout (backing up from 80 mins the previous night for the U21) and halfback Connor Botha who has proven to be a very good addition to the squad with his decision making and his willingness to clean out rucks!
Yet another match in which the Clan has had its chances and played well for periods of time, but again suffered from some moments of lost concentration and some average defending.
On Wednesday 28th, the Clan’s 2nd Division women’s team took the field against the Pirates.
Right away, the Clanswomen’s defence was put to the test. Spending the majority of the first 20 minutes in their own 22, the ladies showed an impressive tenacity in keeping the Pirates out of our in-goal. The defence was led by open-side flanker Roya Abolghasemi, until an unfortunate poke to the eye led to a lost contact lens. Roya would return to dominance later in the game thanks to the effort of Brandon Risling, who was able to track down a replacement lens.
After the Clanswomen withstood the attack of the Pirates, it was time for the Clan to turn the tables. Thanks to a big effort from the forwards, the ladies were able to force a turnover ball in a midfield tackle. They made the most of this and got the ball wide quickly where Jess Sareault was able to turn on the jets and run a try in from halfway.
Unfortunately, the Pirates were able to jump on a favourable bounce and make the score 7-5 for the Clanswomen going into half.
The 2nd half started off with the Clan showing the attacking flair they’re becoming known for. Centre Bella Adatia was able to crash over the line for her first score of the season, followed quickly by winger Kayleigh Minaker, who out ran 3 Pirates on her way to ground a ball off a great kick from scrum half Amanda Campbell. With 20 minutes to go though, the weather changed and the Clanswomen weren’t able to adapt.
Through the poor weather and Clan miscues, the Pirates were able to put in 2 late tries and seal the fate of Clanswomen.
The final score was 19-17 to the Pirates.