The move in to Liga KRS Division 2 was expected to be a big step up from last year and so it proved to be as KL Saracens Storm started their league season against Cobra Sting.
We’ve been training hard and that certainly helped; continued attendance on Tue and Thu by as many as possible will only help the team improve as players get used to new positions and combinations.
The match was played at a frantic pace – perhaps too frantic for our own good at times – and Cobra went ahead early with a converted try. Following that, Storm defended well and then started to assert some influence on the game. Pressure told in the end and a try on debut for Alif Rossman was converted by Jack Turner and the teams went to half-time tied.
The second half saw great defensive efforts from both teams, even when both had a player in the bin for a stint, and with five minutes to go the score remained 7-7.
After a period of pressure Storm earned a penalty within kicking range, but unfortunately the attempt slid wide. Just a couple of minutes later Sting were awarded a penalty and elected to take a shot. They also pushed the kick wide, but a school boy error on our part saw the referee allow the kick again and we were made to pay. We won’t charge another penalty!
With the clock ticking down, one defensive error saw us allow Sting a late unconverted try and the match ended 7-15, the margin probably wider than was reflected in a very well contested match.
The team can be happy with the afternoon’s work and we know what to work on at training as we prepare for the next match away to Ex Angels on Sat 14 Feb. Following the match it was great to see so many of the team at our club house, Out of Africa, and we’ll be encouraging this after all Saracens and Storm matches this season, inviting our opposition to join us for a post-match feed and social.