Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:08
Written by Stu
Percy Park 35 – Novos 12
Percy Park Lions - Plate Winners 2018
In the final of the 2nd Team Plate Park eventually used their power and ball retention skills to overcome a dangerous Novos 2xv 7 tries to 2.
Pre-match craic…In the true spirit of the Lions a couple of late cry offs meant selection was left until 30 minutes before kick-off, resulting in a starting XV with little respect for traditional roles.
Mix and match pack: tight head at loose head, loose head at hooker, a tight head who last propped for the colts 12 month ago, a loose head at blindside and a lock who later claimed to be a winger; not much more sense in the backs with a 9 returning to Park colours after a 16 month absence due to injury a 12 at 10, a 10 at 15, a 15 at 14 and two centres bigger than the pack…
With wet conditions and a greasy ball Park’s strategy was simple retain possession, kick to the corners when necessary, dominate the tackle and avoid giving penalties away. This advice was thrown out of the window at the kick-off. Park received, spun the ball wide, kicked aimlessly, missed the tackle, and gave away a penalty. From the infringement Novos went to the corner and scored a well worked try from a driving Maul 0-5.
This woke Park up and the wise heads coupled with 8 of last year’s colts took a strangle hold on the game. Two early opportunities were “fluffed” Park tamely losing their lineout on the opposition 5m line, then missing touch with a penalty and conceding a 22 drop out. However, with the Pack dominant in the loose and punching holes close to the breakdown, George and Rikki dominating at 9 and 10 and the two Liam’s causing real problems with their physical approach in the centres Novos were constantly on the back foot. Pressure told when a well-executed miss-move saw Liam attract 3 defenders and Ben A take a great line from 15 to score out wide 5-5.
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