The Rowers Reserves overcame a frustrating first half, and rose to the occasion in the second to win their first match of the 2022 season, with a 28-15 victory on the road against the cross-town rival Meralomas, on a hot day at Connaught Park.
The Rowers were down 10-0 at half time to a quick, tough Lomas team that managed to sandbag the Rowers attack and prevent any momentum with ball in hand, while putting in two unconverted tries of their own.
But the Reserves re-grouped after the break, continuing to play hard defense, earning more ball, and opening up opportunities with ball in hand.
Center James “Hooey” Sheehan made an impact debut off the bench, scoring his first try as a Rower to put his team on the board, and would soon add another one to give them the lead. Both tries came off hard lines, pure effort, and just plain making himself hard to drop. 14-10 Rowers after 60 minutes.
Utility forward Connor Savage, playing from the number eight position, was able to put one in to pull the Rowers up 21-10, and Longtime Rowers backline staple Matt Doyle, open-side winger on Saturday, powered through a gang of would-be tacklers to put it down on the goal line and make it count. The insurance try made it 28-10.
Couch Duncan “DJ” James held the pattern down and was able to kick well from open play to establish position and help hold the Maralomas attack to a single unconverted try in the 2nd half. James was 4 for 4 kicking conversions.
The victory makes the Reserves 1-0 in 2022. They play next week away against Burnaby Lake in the Lakers’ season debut.