Interlock: game report
Rogues make it 3-0
Saturday marked the first leg of the saskatchewan interlock games, as the teams from the north came down to Regina. The Rogues drew the Saskatoon Gophers as their first clash against the men way north of Dewdney. The game kicked off at 1pm, with the Rogues sporting a lineup mixed with new and veteran players. Quick off the draw were the Rogue backs, breaking through the line and scoring in the first few minutes. The tally was scored on a great individual effort from debutant Roger(Rojay?) who is an exciting new player all the way from France. Showing some resilience, the Gophers came back and scored one of their own to tie up the game at 7 a piece. After a back and forth first 20 minutes the Rogues looked at their defence to steady the ship and gain control of the game. As always, Michael Clarke answered the call and layed some big stopping tackles to set the tone. Picking up where Mike left off was rookie Jacob Suppes who has gained notoriety not only as a Mr. Clean look-a-like, but also as a major physical presence on the field. This allowed the rogues to settle into their offence and build a lead by halftime. The relatively inexperienced Rogues made up for it in their aggresiveness and willingness to play on the front foot. A young standout in offence was the Man, Myth, Legend known simply as Guppy. With fantastic ball running, Including a hard fought try late in the first half, he helped the young team consistantly make the gain line and allow the Rogues to keep possesion while playing into the wind.
With some experienced players coming off the bench in the second half, the rogues were able to increase their lead and keep control of the game throughout the second half. Ex British kid Mark Discombe put all that studying of Jonny Wilkinson to good use, making 2 great kicks that resulted in tries. He also managed to slot a penalty.. from HALF. Alec Silzer solidified the forwards in the second half and allowed the Rogues to seal the game.
Overall it was a good win, a solid team performance, and another great weekend for rugby in saskatchewan.
final score: Not important