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Ohio earned its first road win Sunday, beating Sacramento 31-11 at Sacramento's Bonney Field. The win moved the visitors to 2-1 on the season, and the loss dropped the home team to 1-2.
Shaun Davies missed a penalty 90 seconds in. Sacramento’s first opportunity for points was converted, as Mirco Bergamasco slotted a penalty in the early goings, putting Sacramento up 3-0. He added another in the 10th minute, after Ohio was called offside on the fringe of the breakdown, extending the lead by three.
Ohio was the first to crossover for a try, though. In the 13th minute, after some penalties by Sacramento, an attacking scrum from Ohio would lead to a score. Davies fed the ball to flyhalf J.P. Eloff after the won setpiece, and he fed weakside wing Mason Baum for the try. The Davenport connection’s score was converted by the BYU scrumhalf, putting Ohio up 7-6.
It took more than half an hour, but Spike Davis scored Ohio’s second try. The visitors earned an attacking scrum, and Davis benefitted from a set piece play that saw him just cross the line in the corner. The conversion was no good, putting Ohio up 12-6.
Sacramento attacked immediately off the restart, forming a maul within feet from the try line. Former All Black Jamie Mackintosh was sin binned for Ohio for pulling a Sacramento mail down early. With the big man off, Sacramento opted for another scrum, and Chris Saint dove over for Sacramento’s first try in the 39th minute. The conversion was missed, leaving the home team down 12-11 going into halftime.
The second half started contentiously, with both Sacramento and Ohio making early probes. However, John Quill was sin binned for hitting Shaun Davies inappropriately, and during the power play Ohio added a converted try through Felippo Ferrarini. Eloff converted, putting the visitors up 19-11 with 25 minutes to play.
Ohio extended the lead in the 68th minute through Sebastian Kalm, who dove over after a scrum. That scoring platform came after Sacramento won its own scrum near its 22 and knocked on when trying to clear its lines. Ohio won the ensuing scrum, and Kalm scored untouched after a free-kick infraction against the hosts in a five-meter scrum. Conversion was missed – 24-11.
After an elongated break for Davies to be carted off the field, Ohio went back on the offensive. The visitors went through the hands on a set piece play, and Baum ended up with the ball on the wing. Eloff converted, extending the lead to 20. Ohio added another for good measure in the 76th minute, with Baum scoring off an attacking lineout.
Tries: Baum (2), Davis, Ferrarini, Kalm
Cons: Eloff (3)
Cons: Bergamasco (2)