Sunday, October 9, 2016

Women's Premier League: Glendale Raptors v Oregon Sports Union

Glendale Raptors v Oregon Sports Union

Partially overcast, warm and a bit of puffy blow in the air as Women’s Premier League Blue Conference-leading Raptors hosted the Oregon elite XV on the StoveTop at Infinity this Saturday. Both sides looking keen and loose in their respective run-ups and the crowd in the East Terrace and along west touch were to be treated to a fine display of our game this RugbyDay.

Early on Glendale and Oregon worked multiple phases of breakdown-recycle with near-channel runners crashing, but each were subject to handling errors and infractive behavior that reversed possession. Oregon’s flankers, blindside KL Oylear and openside Rachel Johnson showing dangerous into open space, but Raptors cover was sufficient to its task just then.

Raptors pattern of short, stabbing pick-and-goes and center channel industry served them well into the Oregon 22 where penalty award to the home team by referee Lee Bryant enabled inside center Christen Suda to split the sticks for three and it was Glendale 3, OSU 0 in the ninth minute of play.

Penalty count favoring the homeside through 20 minutes as offsides at the breakdown and along the defensive threequartersline became somewhat of an issue for the travelers, which Glendale exploited well.

Oregon were pinged at breakdown and the hoist to touch found Glendale with the lineout toss 10 meters from goal. That set piece won and consolidated, crabbing sideways; Raptors had the scrum advantage, 20 meters from the news. Won and spun through hands to inside center, Christen Suda, who barged across to touch down for her own conversion and 10-nil Glendale after 24 minutes.

Glendale fullback, Justine Wypych, broke to space, then offloaded surely to Andrea Prusinski for the flyer’s line to goal and with Christen’s additional deuce, 17-0 for homegirls in the 28th minute.
The restart was well-collected by Raptors blindside, Joanna Kitlinski, and advanced to near midfield where second row Carmen Farmer took the well-offered handoff and streaked 50 meters to ground a try that brought tallies to 22 and 0 at ’32.

Oregon responded with a string off phases into Glendale territory, banging forward diagonally across the pitch in an impressive movement featuring dashes-and-crashes from the breakdown by OSU's breakaways, Oylear and Johnson, that took action into the Glendale business district, 10 meters from goal, and tighthead prop Adrienne Acosta stormed over for the try converted by fullback Molly Luft, and 22-7 now in the 36th minute, and also the tallies at the half

Glendale opened the second stanza on the big front foot when engine roomee Patsy Ford crossed for another Suda conversion and 29-7 in minute 43.

Oregon backrow lock, Beckett Royce, displayed speed and power in an eight-meter scamper to goal for a grounding that brought scores to 29 and 12 by minute 48.

Second stanza Raptors replacements saw the return (from six months of comprehensive rugby life in New Zealand) of Hannah Stolba to standoff and a classic skip-pass to fast-going Wypych who touched down to bring the scoreline to 34-12 at ’52.

OSU mounted a sustained effort abetted by a penalty and won lineout 15 meters from Glendale’s goal. Once again the Beckett showed great evasive power and pace to cross-and-ground: tallies at 34 and 17 just past the hour mark.

Remaining scores for the home team in a lively, free-flowing (both ways, though no further numbers the visitors) final quarter as Glendale’s #2, Jeanna Beard, touched down for Stolba’s conversion nearing time and wing replacement Colleen Cribbs dotted the final fiver just prior to Bryant’s terminal tweet: 46-17, the result then.

                Glendale Raptors – Try: Suda, Prusinski, Farmer, Ford, Wypych, Beard, Cribbs; Con:                                                         Suda (3), Stolba; Pen: Suda;
                Oregon Sports Union – Try: Acosta, Royce (2); Con: (2)

Match Officials: Lee Bryant (Referee); Marc Nelson, Aaron Yappert (RAs)

Up next weekend for Glendale Raptors will be host duty on Saturday of Berkeley All Blues, 3pm at Infinity, while Oregon Sports Union and San Diego Surfers are on the bye weekend in the USA Rugby Women’s Premier League.

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