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Life continued its undefeated campaign with a 34-0 victory over Davenport. In arduous conditions due to heavy snow, the Running Eagles used a simplified game plan to notch the shut out victory.
“It was pretty tough conditions…You could hardly see the ball. It was a bit of a nightmare. It was some of the toughest conditions we have played in this year,” Life assistant coach David Gannon said.
Maciu Koroi broke the deadlock inside the first 10 minutes with a converted try. Blane Mcllroy notched a penalty and Zander Van Schalkwyk dotted down off a turned over scrum to take a 17-0 lead into the break. Due to the weather conditions, Life opted to play a forwards game. The Running Eagles earned two of their scores at the base of a ruck with pick and go scores.
“It was just about managing the conditions. It wasn’t about trying to play our game plan, an expansive game with passing. It was just about managing the game,” Gannon added.
The matchup with Arkansas State a few weeks prior prepared Life for this game. Although it was not in snowy conditions, the field was slick and the ball was slippery due to tremendous rain. Mother nature forced the Running Eagles to alter their game plan that week, which benefited the Georgia based side several weeks later.
“That game kind of put us in good stead for the Davenport game. We had to just try and not play too much rugby and just limit our mistakes. It definitely helped having that experience in the Ark State game,” Gannon added.
Kevin Lynch dove over for a try in the 46th minute off a ruck and after a penalty, Marcus Walsh extended the lead to 34-0 in the 53rd minute. Davenport got into the game a bit after the score but was unable to muster any points against a stout Life defense.
“In the second half they started to come into a bit more,” Gannon said of Davenport. “They hit some defensive gaps…They got through us a few times and with that extra offload they were able to get into our half once or twice…Other than that for most of the game it was a pretty good defensive effort.”