Huns Suffer Second MRC Loss to Raptors
In a game that had many fans in the Lone-Star state hoping for some measure of redemption, they were left sourly disappointed as the Austin Huns fell to the Glendale Raptors with a final score of 45-13.
The game began on many positive notes for Austin. The Huns were controlling the pace well, and a bevy of Glendale penalties allowed them to kick for the first points of the game. The kicker of said points, Tim Guillimin, stepped in at Scrum-Half for a still injured Michael Reid, with him also seeing time at fly-half (Update: We originally reported Aaron Boan as the scorer of these points).
Unfortunately, many of the Huns’ problems that plagued them in their first loss to Glendale in February were still evident through stretches of Saturday’s game. Although they were much better at moving the ball on the outside, the backs couldn’t keep up their end of the defensive bargain when it came to the fast breaking runs of the Glendale men. Players such as Chad London and Dustin Croy were regularly able to gain significant ground before being brought down.
Glendale would end up tying the match up at three after a well-aimed kick by former Denver Stampede standout Will Magie. After that, the match wouldn’t see another score until the thirty-second minute, when flanker Peter Dahl capitalized on an Ata Malifa off-load after the fast-footed back was able to use his speed to open up the gaps for his teammates, something the Raptors were able to do really well all game, especially when inside the 22. The first half would end with a score of 10-8, with the Huns seemingly well-positioned to mount a comeback.
That, obviously, did not happen. The second half saw a reinvigorated Glendale side that had tightened up on penalties (somewhat) and was being even more aggressive in contesting the ruck. What’s more, is they began getting very, VERY lucky when it came to improve passing. The Huns, for all their preparation and skill, could not find an answer.
Glendale mainly succeeded in keeping the Huns outside of their own territory, knowing the ability of the Central-Texas forwards and centers to smash up the middle was too great a threat. The Huns found themselves trying often to kick for territory, which on occasion would work, but nothing could be sustained as far as offensive momentum.
Despite some moderate success in the scrum and on line-outs, costly turnovers and careless mistakes repeatedly would cost the Huns the opportunity to swing the game in their favor. At one point in the second half, Fly-Half Zinzan Elan-Puttick had Winger Matt Moore on the outside with plenty of space, but he evidently didn’t see him, as he ended up sending a bad pass the other direction resulting in a turnover deep in their own territory.
All in all, there were improvements from February, particularly in the passing game, but still, much work has to be done if the Huns hope to ever get that elusive victory of the Glendale Raptors. Tim Guillimin was able to get a last consolation try after a phenomenal pass by Lomani Tongotongo, but that was only after the Raptors’ Landry was able to get one more Champagne-try after a quick kick from Will Magie. Ata Malifa for the Glendale side got Man of the Match honors.
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