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Ohio rebounded from an embarrassing loss in its debut two weeks ago with a dominant 51-17 defeat of San Francisco at Memorial Park in Obetz, Ohio Sunday. Ohio never trailed, and the result was hardly in doubt. Wing Spike Davis, flyhalf JP Eloff and No. 8 Sebastian Kalm scored two tries a piece.
Davis slammed over the opening try in the corner after several phases put Ohio on the front foot. He barreled through a San Francisco counterpart in the process. Shaun Davies converted the difficult extra points, putting Ohio up 7-0.
Ohio won the kicking battle, with flyhalf JP Eloff delivering advantageous field position early. He made a big carry on the movement, too, as did Kalm, and eventually it was an offload from prop Angus MacLellan to lock Pierce Dargan for Ohio’s second try. Davies converted again – 14-0.
San Francisco had the chance to get on the board after Ohio was called for an intentional knock-on on its own five-meter line, but the visitors chose to take a scrum instead of kick for points. Ohio turned it over, Sebastian Kalm booted a clearance kick ahead, Ahmad Harajly scooped up the ball and passed to Zac Mizell, who found a streaking Kalm for a third try in the opening quarter of the contest. This time Davies’ kick was no good – 19-3.
San Francisco again chose to go for a try instead of take a penalty kick minutes later without the desired result. The third time, shortly thereafter, the visitors opted to take the points, and Volney Rouse put three through the sticks. Davies erased it in short order, slotting his own penalty after a dangerous tackle – 22-3.
Kalm was a power all day from No. 8. In the 35th minute he quick-tapped a free kick at the back of a five-meter scrum and drove through a San Francisco defender for a try. The conversion was missed, and Ohio led 27-3 with a couple of minutes left in the half.
San Francisco received a big shot in the arm before the break, as Jacob Finau smashed over for a short-range try following an Ohio penalty. Converted, it cut the deficit to 17.
Ohio scored first and second on the other side of intermission through scrums, too. First, from five meters out, Ohio hooked the ball and the scrum started wheeling clockwise. Blindside flanker Filippo Ferrarini was able to gather the ball and dive over untouched. Then, in the 67th minute, Davis scored his second try on a scrum play – 37-10.
San Francisco added a try in garbage time after Ohio took the ball inside its own 22 and cleared straight into touch. The visitors capitalized on the field position, but not before being held up. After winning the attacking scrum, flyhalf Orene Ai’I dove over for the score. Volney Rouse clanked in the conversion off an upright. Eloff made a pair of dazzling runs for tries in the final moments, converting both.
Tries: Davis (2), Kalm (2), Eloff (2), Dargan, Ferrarini
Cons: Davies (2), Eloff (2)
San Francisco 17
Tries: Ai’I, Finau
Cons: Rouse (2)