The Ontario Blues accomplished the seemingly impossible on Saturday when they ended the twelve game win streak of the Glendale Raptors. When the final whistle sounded, the scoreboard showed an Ontario victory of 43-25.
The match began in familiar fashion, with Glendale jumping out to an early five point lead. However, Ontario would have an answer and more, scoring a try to go along with a successful kick after, putting the home team up 7-5.
That try must’ve been what the Blues really needed to kick them into high gear, because after that, they got noticeably more aggressive on their tackles and defense. Glendale, meanwhile, was continuously finding themselves on the wrong side of the referee’s calls.
Many phases attempted by the visiting side were rendered null due to a bevy of offside penalties, which is just fundamental rugby and I’d be willing to bet it drove Coach Williams crazy (have you ever stood next to that guy on the sideline? It’s Intense). Then, there were the little mistakes, dropped passes, miscommunications, that Ontario almost never failed to capitalize on. This resulted in the Blues controlling the pace, leaving Glendale unable to take advantage of their usually quick and agile backline.
The first half ended with the Blues ahead 24-15. A total of seven tries were scored, four by Ontario, three by Glendale, and most were expecting a tightly contested second half to ensue. Unfortunately for Glendale, the men from Ontario had other plans.
The second half opened with Glendale attempting to set up their wings for some big splash plays. These would work, at first. Alas, time after time many Glendale wingers found themselves running out of reach of their teammates support in the ruck, resulting in costly turnovers.
Glendale would end up drawing first blood in the half, though. Maximo de Achaval would get one his few successful attempts of the day, connecting with a penalty kick barely five meters out, bringing Glendale ever so slightly closer at 24-18.
But, just as they did in the first half, Ontario would answer quickly. A beautiful kick and chase would ensue up the middle of the field in Raptors territory as the crowd roared on, right before Ontario would eventually get their first of three tries in the second half.
That score may as well of been the official tone setter for the remainder of the game, as it seemed no matter what Glendale did, Ontario would have an answer for it. Either that, or another costly penalty or turnover would halt them in their tracks.
Glendale would get one final try in this game, in a half where a comeback never really seemed possible. The quick and explosive power of the Raptors that dominated the likes of the Huns, Mystic River, Utah, and New Orleans apparently wasn’t present today in a game that seemed to spell ONTARIO from the get go.
Perhaps it was the immense travel (trips to New England AND Canada within three weeks) that had them tired, or maybe it’s reached a point where teams are starting to know the book on the U.S.A’s most dominant club. Either way, this game ended with a final score of 43-25, a result most unfamiliar to many recent Raptor fans, and very welcoming to Blues fans.
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