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Life University's Super League team moved to 3-0 with a 46-22 defeat of Boston Saturday.
Head Coach James Isaacson was muted in his praise of the team, saying it was, overall, an inconsistent performance.
"If I were to compare us to the team we had last year, I'd say we struggle with consistency," Isaacson told RUGBYMag.com. "We have a fairly inexperienced back row, for example, and sometimes they do what they need to do perfectly, and sometimes they miss their assignments and the other team goes 60 yards. We can't afford those types of mistakes."
Tui Osborne was brilliant on the day, rescuing some difficult situations and helping manufacture tries out of nothing. For the front-row-playing and structure-centric Isaacson, that's not the way to create a team.
"You can't depend on the athleticism or ability of one player and expect him to rescue you every time," he said. "That's a dangerous way to go about things. We need to be more precise and more structured. I know we will have to be against NYAC next week."
Life University got the scoring started through a penalty kick by Osborne. A Boston penalty attempt was off the mark as the two sides were finding their stride early. Midway through the half, a sweeping backline movement was finished off by Life’s Jason Bloom.
Three minutes later Shaun Van Rensburg notched another try for Life.
Both tries were converted by Osborne for a 17-0 lead. Boston clawed a few points back through the boot of Kyle Marshall, but with five minutes left in the half, Life flanker Chris Truss pushed Life further ahead with another try. Boston quickly responded with a try from Terry Quick and the Marshall conversion had the halftime score at 22-10.
In the second half, Boston was first on the board, Will Haydock crossing the line to make the game a one score game. Life responded with a Jason Bloom penalty, followed by an Osborne try, which Osborne converted himself. Life continued to press, and were rewarded by a brace of tries from Alfred Qaranivalu, both converted by Osborne.
Boston refused to quit and scored the final try of the day, Terry Quick getting his second. The conversion made the final score 46-22 in Life’s favor. Despite the loss, Boston coach Mike Diamantopoulos said “there were periods where the boys played well, and we were within 25-15 midway through the second half. It was a better effort, we built some momentum going into our next game”.
Xander Daniels was Man of the Match for the Running Eagles.
Tries: Bloom, Van Rensburg, Truss, Osborne, Qaranivalu 2
Convs: Osborne 5
Pens: Osborne, Bloom
Tries: Quick 2, Haydock
Convs: Marshall 2