By Frozen One
Sacramento, CA- In a game that was supposed to be a one sided affair, many expectations were shattered. The Sacramento Express added another one to their loss column on Saturday versus the Ohio Aviators 41-31, but they damn sure went down fighting.
The first half featured a physical, defensively dominated contest that saw the Express suppress the deadly rolling maul of Ohio not once, but twice inside the 22-meter. They created offense of their own along the way to, as the team’s forwards, particularly recent standout Langhilanghi Haupeakui, were able to use their bulk to create openings for huge breaks by the wings.
Unfortunately for the Green and White, Ohio’s goal line defense remained solid, creating turnovers and forcing momentum killing penalties that kept Sacramento out of the try zone for all but one time of the first half.
As the second half got underway, Ohio seemed to be going through with their usual song and dance, by which I mean going on a try scoring frenzy on their way to another dominating victory. Alex Elkins was able to cash in after a huge break-away by Roland Suniula to open up the half, and many more tries followed after that, coming by way of Riekert Hattingh (2), Kyle Baillie and Spike Davis.
Sacramento could have rolled over and accepted the fact this game was far out of reach. This, ultimately, was not to be the case.
Down 41-10 in the last quarter of the second half, the reserves of Sacramento brought new life to their comrades on the pitch. Using a fast paced, pass first offense, the Express went on a 3 try frenzy, bringing them within striking distance of one of the greatest comebacks in PRO Rugby history.
The Ohio squad was able to double down in the last ten minutes though, as they were able to hold their line during one last crucial drive for Sacramento, eventually having a penalty go their way, allowing them to play the possession game as time wore down.
The final score as 80 minutes was reached was 41-31. Let’s say Ohio won the first half, while Sacramento ran away with the second. It’s a small consolation, but one thing is for sure. This league belongs to either Denver or Ohio in 2016, and we may have to wait till the season’s final match to find out who!
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