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Week 4 – Ottawa Indians

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First XV

Final Score: Montreal Wanderers-25, Ottawa Indians-13

After witnessing a sensational 2nds game as a curtain raiser, the Wanderers 1st team ran on the field fully knowing the bar had been raised. With the supporters wanting nothing less than 2 wins on the inaugural opening of the Douglas, the game kicked off at 3pm sharp.

The game started as most expected with both sets of forwards getting up front and physical at the break down. The game went at a fast pace during the opening 15 minutes which only went to the advantage of the Indians who managed to keep the ball in Wanderer territory. This opening onslaught from the Indians paid dividend after a desperate defense on the Wanderers try line forced Rob Anhert to intentionally knock the ball in an imminent try situation. Anger’s heroics only resulted with a yellow card and penalty try which made it 7-0 to the Indians after the conversion.

The Indians further capitalised on their numerical advantage a few minutes after the restart with a beautifully crafted move that ended with their wing dotting down the ball in the corner. Gideon Balloch kept the 1st team in the game with a penalty before the half that made it a 13-3 ball game. After Rob came back on the field having served his 10 minute sentence, the Wanderers came back into the game with more “anger”.

Once the forwards started taking control of the game, beginning with lineouts nicely orchestrated by Karl, the backline got cleaner go forward ball. This gave the old age veteran at 10 aka( Adrian/oh my hips hurt/ Thorogood) more time to dance around the defense to score the opening try of the game, Gideon Balloch missed his first conversion to keep the scores at 13-8 which concluded the first half.

The second half was initiated with a more determined display from the Wanderers. The center pairing of Maxime and Dex managed to wreak havoc in midfield with them constantly breaking the advantage line and this only added to the pressure Wanderers were now injecting. The back 3 were constantly effective in turning defense into offense with Full back Gideon Balloch having a few good runs managing to pull off a few back hand passes in the process and wing Dario having a few storming runs. This was all made possible through the great defensive and turnover ability of the Wanderers pack who showed up on the day with sensational individual performances.

The constant pressure in the second half paid dividends for the Wanderers, managing to score 2 tries, a conversion and penalty kick through efforts of Dario and Mat B with the tries whilst Gideon added a penalty and conversion to finish the tally at 25-13 to Wanderers.

Apart from Anger “playing tennis with the rugby ball on the try line”, other memorable moments of the game included Adam Sommer’s late hits, Keelan living the flyhalf’s dream with a line break in midfield and Barry’s phenomenal coast to coast run that left the defense baffled with his skilful chip and chase.
All in all it was a great day for playing rugby in which we were blessed to come out with two victories and no injuries. The boys showed great sportsmanship and comradery as they hosted the Ottawa Irish at the Wanderers home base which in itself was a memorable event with Sunshine taking charge of proceedings at the bar.

Congratulations Wanderers and your fans await for the game against the Montreal Irish.

Second XV

Final Score: Montreal Wanderers-17, Ottawa Indians-15

Coming into Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Indians with a squad depleted by injuries, many were not sure how the new combinations would work out. This however didn’t dampen the men’s spirits as we all came out bright and early to help prepare “The Douglas” for our inaugural 1st home match this season on this lush piece of real estate we wanderers love to call home.

After the usual pregame warm up then captains talk and lastly referee briefing, the Wanderers kicked off at 1330 sharp much to the delight of the supporters as Panos Marmara initiated the game with his trade mark “I’m gonna die hard” tackle.

The forwards started the game off on a physical note by taking the Indians right down to the “trenches” as the Brits would say. The first 15 minutes of the game was highlighted by the shear dominance of the forwards in tight play and this paid dividend with Panos Marmara driving over try line to make it 5-0 to the Wanderers, with Chris Pam adding a converstion to increase the lead to 7-0. The team managed to keep pressure on the Indians after the reset as Chris Brockwells trusty boot meant most of the first half was played in Ottawa Indian territory. A few minutes later Jules Ouimet steam rolled over the try line leaving a track of devastation as the Wanderers made it 12-0.

From the initial aggressive display from both sets of forwards, the respective captains must be commended for giving their teams a passionate “We Gonna Killem” pregame speech, as this was the evident intentions of both sides.

The Indians didn’t take it too lightly after the second try and they came back hungry with their lock having a storming run down the touch line after some neat forwards-backs interplay. They were stopped short of the try line and in the process knocking the ball due to some great scramble defense from the Wanderers, and after the scrum we managed to evade danger momentarily with Chris Brockwell kicking us out trouble. However the Indians restrategized and scored their first set of points making the score 12-5.

This was a game in which heroes were made, i.e. “Craig Beemer” not mentioning any names in particular. He controlled the game well in his debut at 10 and the backline were constantly getting the ball in open space with his vision. Chris Brockwell had a great game making a few runs off 10 cutting the Indians backline like a hot knife through butter. Chris Pam controlled the forwards well at 9. Eric Pam scored a magnificent try after the chip through by Beemer to make the score 17-5 at half time.

Second half the Ottawa Indians took control of the game more with their scrumhalf making a few darting runs off the fringes. After minutes of desperate defense on the Wanderers try-line, the Indians came back into the game with their scrumhalf going over the line to make it 17-10 after a failed conversion attempt.

In the dying minutes of the game, the Indians maintained pressure sensing a try was imminent. For a game in which the Wanderers were plagued by injury, the boys showed a lot of character. A few newly capped players stepped up to the challenge amongst them a B.Mann aka “Sunshine”, who led the defensive effort with the most tackles with a tally of 10 followed closely by Innocent Ahorukomeye and Chris Brockwell with 6 tackles each. Many others stood up and got counted on the day with Vinh Bi making a try saving tackle in the corner.

The last movement of the game, the Indians dotted it down in the corner from a move that started from a line out on Wanderers 22. This made the game 17-15 with a conversion kick to come. The Ottawa Indians place kicker after a moment to compose himself, finally took the kick but his trusty boot failed him when he needed it most with a conversion that just went wide of the posts.
The final whistle blew with the Montreal Wanderers leaving the pitch with a well-earned 17-15 win over the Ottawa Indians.

Next Match: Saturday, June 18th – Away, against the Montreal Irish

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