Match Report: Seattle Saracens 40 v Vancouver Rowing Club Rugby 41
by Chris Seyler
Vancouver Rowing Club began 17-0 down after the first 25 mins against Seattle fielding their strongest line-up so far this season and a very large ,quick backline.
Rowers came out of the gate like they were still snoozing for the late 4pm kick-off.
Things looked more bleak after Seattle scored another try early in the second half Seattle 24-10.
Then Rowers transformed - with the new huddle-agreed way forward - route one !
They began to dominate possession and field position and worked back into the game with a more physical approach.
The pivotal part of the game came with 11 minutes left when Rowers fell further behind. A man sent to the bin for a high tackle and Seattle awarded a penalty try - 40-22.
Rowers worked the kick-off downfield and eventually rolled the maul in for a converted try 40-29. Six minutes left.
The next kick-off secured by Rowers at their 22 - they ran off the rucks – and thanks to an angry 25 metre ramble by prop Eddie Quinn ended up with a line-out 25 metres out – which after a few phases resulted in a try.
Quick drop kick convert to save time, missed. So now Seattle 40-VRC 34. Approx two minutes left.
Kick off secured by VRC and they again advanced after phases to the Seattle 22. From another line-out and many rucks the ball ended spun to the wing and - a hop, skip and a jump later – another try – wide out ! 40-39 Seattle and no time left - except for the kick.
The Seattle home crowd “faithful” were howling at the moon as the kicker lined up the vital convert.
Cooly struck down the middle – game set and match 41-40 VRC .
The entire bus load ended up in a pile on the pitch ! Then celebrated the night away on Capitol Hill.
You gotta love rugby!