Vandals do a number on ill disciplined Law
By Tom Brewer
Tries: S Brewer (2), M Davis, T Maclean
Cons: T Jones (2)
Pen: T Jones
The Law put in a mixed performance against the Vandals and despite being 34 points down at one point in the game should count themselves disappointed not to take this scalp as they had done at home earlier in the season.
The Law were first on the score sheet after an early period of dominance, Sam Brewer causing terror in his opposite mans heart as he waved the big centre through for some early yardage. The Law would end up with a 5 metre scrum and big Brewer bosched over for a converted score. The Vandals answered back with a try followed by a penalty. The Law retook the lead with a successful penalty after a dubious miss a minute before over the top of the up right.
From the 25th to the 70th minute however all hell broke loose as far as the Law were concerned, hapless and headless defending and a penalty addiction would see the Vandals with unprecedented possession and territory resulting in 6 unanswered tries 3 of which were converted. It really was a case of one side forgetting how to play rugby and the other making the them pay.
Staring down the barrel of what seemed an inevitable 50 point drubbing the law managed to spark into life with Alex Tindall slicing open the opposition defence with a couple of impressive runs, eventually leading to a try scored by Mackenzie Davis from a Tindall assist. The Law were back on task with a mountain to climb for the win but a potential sniff at a 4 try bonus point with 5 minutes to go. The Law kept the tempo high and and made some incisive breaks, notably through the returning Iain Pearce who was ferocious on the ball. A 5 metre penalty was awarded and Tom Maclean sensing his opportunity tapped and went catching the opposition off guard to ground the ball on the line. Jones drop kicked the conversion and the Law raced back to halfway with 2 minutes to go and 4th try required for a consolation bonus. The kick off was well taken by the Law and the ball kept in hand and again the Law players were making yards with every carry, it was a strange site to see considering how dominant the home side had been in the middle section of the game. The Law were awarded consecutive penalties eventually getting themselves to the 5 metre line again allowing them to execute a pre-planned move to put Sam Brewer over for a closing score in similar fashion to how he had started the match. This 4th try secured a point for the Law which had looked incredibly unlikely just 10 minutes previously but still was if anything an even greater reminder of the opportunity missed as the law men pondered why they had such a sustained off period in the middle of the match.