The Weekend in Review - Game Updates
With semi final hopes on the line for both AC and E2 sides, the past weekend the Clan showed some glimpses of talent and determination. Let's take a closer look at performances on the field!
With semi final hopes on the line, the Clan took on the table topping NWAA in what turned out to be an entertaining game. Both teams showed a real willingness to attack and play positive rugby, resulting in 11 tries in the match.
The Clan, headed in to the match with 10+ players unavailable resulting in all of their substitutes playing most of the E2 match before hand, as well as Bryan de Leon being forced into making his AC debut at prop.
Despite these disadvantages, the Clan scored some great tries and pushed the NWAA all the way to the final few minutes, at which point the NWAA scored a late try to finish the match at 44-33 in their favour.
As has so often been the case this year, the Clan showed glimpses of their talent and determination, only to be let down by poor skills and a weak defensive line.
Players to stand out for the Clan were its 2 young wingers Elias Mawa and Jahvon Laing who have shown at a young age just how lethal they can be with ball in hand. As well as the super consistent, mustachioed Connor Milligan who showed good pace and awareness with the ball in hand to compliment his accurate throwing at the lineout.
On a bittersweet note, Mike Adibe played his last game for the Clan as he is moving out to Victoria to continue his studies. Mike has captained the AC side most of the year and has consistently been one the best players in the division.
The Clan will miss him greatly and wish him all the best in his future endeavours, and hopes that he returns to Airway Park to put the Clan jersey on again.
Playoff hopes on the line, the 2s travelled to the showhome/windtunnel district of southeast Edmonton for a clash with the geographically dyslexic NorWesters (NWAA).
We had a good chunk of possession and territory early but didn’t come away with any points.
Down 5-0, Justin Law was blatantly shoulder charged while chasing a kick earning NWAA a yellow card. The match official evened things up 2 minutes later with a pillowy soft high tackle call on Dan Nguyen.
Apparently the referee was eager to try out his recent birthday gift (source: Gerry Langford) of scratch resistant glow-in-the-dark penalty cards (complete with a waterproof vinyl case and replacement mechanical golf pencils!).
An 8-0 halftime deficit wasn’t ideal but we knew there was plenty left in the tank for a 2nd half comeback. In the end, it was too little too late as a 22-14 NWAA lead expanded to 29-14 in the dying minutes. Plenty of resilience was shown in the 2nd half by the guys, which has been the case all year.
The lack of roster consistency we’ve dealt with throughout the year caught up with us a bit on Saturday again. Playoffs or not, we’ve had some quality wins this season and a lot of players have stepped up and improved tons.
Final Score: NWAA 29 Clan 14