WEEK 11 RECAP
The Scribes Men wrapped up the Fall 2017 campaign with a much needed victory over SFU on Saturday.
It was clear from the game’s early moments that the hard driving rain and muddy conditions would favor Scribes strengths in the forwards, and as the skies opened up, so did the Scribes offense.
After several minutes of sustained pressure inside the 22m, Scribes were awarded a scrum five meters out, and after a big push by the forwards, fly-half Dadou Delachou took a well weighted pass from Martin Cassidy and split the tacklers, splashing down under the uprights. It was a sign of things to come for Delachou, who went on to have a massive game.
Later in the first half, Scribes benefited from an O’Flaherty to O’Flaherty connection, with Paddy taking a quick pass from Aaron out wide, then cutting around the man on the edge to score the try.
As the first half closed, Delachou slashed his way through the SFU defense, looked off his passing options and backed himself for a long distance try in the corner, followed by an equally impressive conversion.
The Scribes forward pack really took over the match in the second half, led by tighthead prop Dave Heikkila, who was playing in his final match for the club after seven years in the trenches. He and the rest of the Scribes forwards ensured that the scrums were invariably one-sided pushing contests, with the home team stealing the ball on several SFU put-ins, while retaining the ball to create effective set pieces from their own put-ins.
Another win in the scrum for Scribes, this time five meters from goal, produced an entertaining try from Brian O’Regan as he ran straight at a wet and shivering student who looked completely unenthusiastic about the prospect of having to tackle the determined Scribes captain. Player-Coach Aaron O’Flaherty, who put in a full shift at loosehead prop, was equally rewarded with a try a few minutes later, smashing his way over the line from short range.
Delachou managed to convert all five Scribes tries, while also adding a penalty, for a personal tally of 23 points, though super-sub Marcus Treacy was awarded Back of the match honors during the post-game festivities.
The 38-0 victory was a great way to finish the fall campaign, though a supreme test of endurance and skill awaits next Saturday, as the Scribes embark on the 12 Pubs of Christmas crawl.
Scribes will return to the field in late January, 2018, for the continuation of the Division 2 season.