Your Tradesmen officially kicked off the spring season with two matches this weekend. Saturday would see the D3 side defend home turf against the Flint Rogues and the D2 side took to the road to handle Buffalo RFC. Cold temperatures and consistent rain would cause some issues, but both sides managed their opponents well and came out on top.
Your D3 Tradesmen continued the winning tradition at Levey Middle School with a solid game plan and quick adaptation to Flint’s unorthodox tactics. Hard running forward play from Brad Allen, Eagle Stathakis and Rommy Sleiman would open up the defense for the backline, giving Imad Harajly plenty of room to attack Flint’s backline with newcomer center Kyle Harris. Solid scrummaging would give the team the base they needed to consistently dominate Flint while conceding few penalties and maintaining a solid defensive line with their tackling. They played to the pattern very well and even adjusted when Flint attempted to use the “Italian Defense” by committing no players to the ruck and infiltrating the backline. In the end, consistency would be key and your D3 Tradesmen would get the win, 60-5.
The trip to Buffalo for the D2 side would go oddly similar to that of the D3 match. After a brief lapse that allowed Buffalo to put their one and only try down, the D2 side would apply steady and unrelenting pressure to the home side. Far superior scrums would consistently drive Buffalo back, often winning not only Tradesmen put in’s, but Buffalo’s as well. Strong running from the backline was accented by periods of heavy forward smash ball and finished off with try after try from both the forward pack and the backline. Brilliant kicking from Adam Saad would put Buffalo on their heels in their own territory often, punishing them with tries when they didn’t chase down the chip kick. The aggressive defense of the D2 side sealed the fate of Buffalo, giving them no chance to really get into the game. In the end, Buffalo would fall, 85-5.