ELITE CAUGHT IN DEEP WATER, SEAWOLVES WIN ON THE ROAD

18-Mar-2019

ELITE CAUGHT IN DEEP WATER, SEAWOLVES WIN ON THE ROAD
 
The Seattle Seawolves hit the road to take on Austin Elite Rugby on Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 PM PT. The Seawolves triumphed over Austin in a 29-17 victory. 
 
KICK OFF:
Austin Elite started off with strong momentum as an overthrow right into Austin’s hands led to the first try of the match. Austin converted and went to the board first, 0-7. The Seawolves drove down the pitch but Elite managed to overturn the ball. Austin spotted a gap and was once again able to find the try zone. 0-14 Austin Elite.
 
20 MINUTES:
The Seawolves dug deep when they had their first chance. A string of phases led the Seawolves into Austin territory and a ball out wide to Sequoyah Burke-Combs looked to be a try but the ref called deemed it held up. With the Seawolves getting the put in at the a scrum, Riekert Hattingh spotted a gap and picked the ball off the back, muscling over for a Seattle try. Brock Staller converted to bring the Seawolves to the board, 7-14, 21 minutes in. Austin received a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, but shortly after, a penalty call against the Seawolves gave Austin a penalty. They kicked for points and raised their lead to 7-17. The Seawolves came back with a maul by the try line and Dan Trierweiler peeled off to find his way into the try zone. Staller converted and the Seawolves made it a three point game, 17-14 Austin. Once back in the game after his sin bin offense. Austin’s hooker received a another penalty and Staller kicked for points to tie things up 17-17 as the first half ended.
 
40 MINUTES:
Ben Cima kicked off the second half as the Seawolves and Austin Elite began with things all tied up. Seattle was persistent and patient as they strung together attacking phases. Twenty minutes into the second half the Seawolves dominated possession but were unable to convert.
 
60 MINUTES:
Strategic play positioned Seattle for a line out on Elite’s five meter that gave Stephan Coetzee the ball and a sneaky pass to Tucker allowed him to dive into the corner for a try. Staller’s conversion was no good as it hit the crossbar, but the Seawolves still gained their first lead of the game, 22-17. A long string of phases once again led to a Seawolves scrum by Austin’s try line. The maul pushed forwards and Hattingh was able to peel off the back for another try. Staller’s conversion was good and pushed the lead ahead to 29-17 with just under five minutes remaining.
 
FINAL SCORE:
Seawolves win 29-17 against Austin Elite Rugby.
 
NEXT HUNT:
The Seawolves return home on Sunday, March 31 at 5:00 PM PT for a rematch against San Diego Legion.
 
Photo Credit: Norma Salinas
 
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