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The Griffins won emphatically over the weekend, putting up 64 points on the Houston Athletic Rugby Club while only conceding five. The victory was a result of fluid ball movement and runners looking for space. According to Griffins Head Coach Darren Morris, his team had focused on quickening hand speed during the previous week and that preparation paid off in a big way.
“We’ve been working hard in training since the last game to get our catch-and-pass better and looking for space rather than run into brick walls,” he said. “Our support play brought us success and good decision-making helped a great deal.”
Jake Abbott and Jake McCloud both took home hat tricks at the end of the day and Detwan Robinson had a pair of tries to his name. Tom Steele and Eduardo Trejo also made appearances on the score sheet with a try a piece. Toby Quarendon also knocked over seven successful conversions.
The Griffins weren’t always on offense on Saturday, though. When HARC had the ball in hand, the attacking runs came straight and hard, forcing the Griffins’ defense to buckle down and soak up the pressure.
“HARC came at us very strong and physical around the breakdown, as well as around no. ten,” Morris said. “We defended really well, with lots of urgency and commitment. Only letting in one score showed we had good discipline as a team, we stuck to our system.”
The sole try for HARC came when one of the Griffins’ passes went astray. Wing Patrick Hayes seized the opportunity and turned the Griffins’ error into five points for his team.
This win was a product of progress on the side of the Griffins. According to Morris, his team made a lot of advancement in many facets of the game after last weekend’s result, and that contributed to this most recent success, but there is still more work to be done and more matches to be played before all is said and done. The next hurdle for the Griffins is New Orleans, who will come to play next Sunday.