Season debut of Tortfeasors rugby
The Queen’s Law Tortfeasors came up short in their first game of the season in a hard-fought 12-10 slog against their foes—the dreaded Engineers. The opponents came out strong to start the match and were pressing the Tortfeasors for much of the first half. However, staunch defending from an impressive Tortfeasors back line ensured that the game was scoreless as half-time approached. Sadly, in the waning minutes of the first half, a sustained Engineers’ drive led to a try and a conversion. The Tortfeasors went into the half trailing 7-0.
Buoyed by a passionate halftime speech from team captain, Jordan “Don’t Call Me Adon” Moss, the Tortfeasors came out with a spirited start to the second half. The forwards, led by the battering ram duo of Danny Parker and James Clinton, found a way to string together a series of bursts into opposition territory. A key pass by Adam “Boom Goes the Dynamite” Spark led to Moss rumbling over the try line to put the Tortfeasors on the board. Nick “Fly Kicks Like Liu Kang” Smith nailed a difficult conversion with ease to tie the game up.
Things were looking good for the Tortfeasors as marauding runs into the opposition by Justin Crawford and his back line kept pressure on the Engineers. With the minutes creeping by, Smith made a clutch penalty kick to put the ‘Feasors in the lead 10-7. As the final whistle beckoned, however, old habits returned to haunt the Tortfeasors, as a series of sloppy decisions resulted in numerous penalties. With the Engineers advancing into Tortfeasor territory, the ‘Feasors rallied with a valiant try line defensive stand, only for the Engineers to bundle over their second try and take the lead for good.
“This is always a big game for us, and both teams played hard,” expressed stylish lock Jonathan James Nehmetallah. “This is a storied rivalry, and although we didn’t come out on top, we can hold our heads high.”
Smith’s timely kicks earn him the ‘Rookie of the Game’ honour. James “Bill” Clinton earned ‘Man of the Match’ honours, as he was often the first man at the breakdown and came up with a lot of loose balls.
A special mention goes to Will Dennis, who continued the unfortunate tradition of Aussie exchange students being taken to hospital with nasty head wounds. Dennis showed a lot of heart in his first game and came up with some huge challenges before being forced off the field. Here’s hoping the twenty stitches come out and Dennis can get back on the field soon.
Stay tuned to find out when the Tortfeasors hit the field next.
Dave Rodgers (2L) is a contributor to Juris Diction.
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