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D2 Men VS Montclair Saturday August 25 2018

Posted on 8/28/2018 2:11:46 PM by Jim Brady |   Return To Blog

The lads looked to match up well against Montclair as they took the field at Unami Park to kick off their 2018 Fall campaign. It was Montclair who drew first blood scoring a try with PA kick at 5 minute to take a 7-0 lead. Undeterred Union went right back and with a nice play on the re-start kick Bobby Mroz took the ball back. A short time later Tyler scored the first points of the season for the D2 side not once but twice with tries at the 8 minute and 15 minute marks, both PA kicks went wide giving the Mudturtles a 10-7 lead. With the benefit of a Union knock on the boys in yellow retook the lead at 18 minutes with a try and failed PA kick 12-10. Matt Scarfuto answered back for the home team at 21 minutes with Chris Keim slotting the PA kick to put Union up 17-12. Montclair knotted the match at 28 minutes with a try and unlucky PA kick 17-17. They then took the lead at 32 minutes repeating another try and failed kick 17-22. Sweeney went over the line for Union at 39 minutes and with a shot between the post by Kiem on the PA kick Union went to halftime ahead 24-22 in what was a real shot out of scoring for the first half.

With a few adjustments and committing to making a conscience effort to ball possession and retention the second half told a different story. Not to be outdone by the back the forwards own Gary White opened up the half with back to back tries at the 46 and 53 minute marks. With Kiem making one of the two PA kicks Union was holding a 36-22 lead. Montclairs lone try of the second half came at 60 minutes with failed PA kick. Tries were then scored by Tom Ross at 69 minutes and Joe Brady at 83 minutes with Kiem hitting both kicks resulting in a final score of 50-27.

It was a very good day for the Mudturtles the whole side played at pace, everyone killing space and applying pressure. The Union forwards controlled the scrums and line outs. All of this left the coaches hard pressed to make any changes or subs as the win was such a great team effort with no let downs.