2e2 Douglas rugby club travelled to Liverpool Collegiate on Saturday for what turned out to be a gripping game of rugby!
The opening exchanges were very tight with neither side having the ascendency! The first points of the game came courtesy of Scott Goodall's boot as he slotted the points from a penalty after Collegiate infringed at the ruck!
The game was tight with both teams hitting hard, but yet again Callum Carine was on hand! He picked the ball off his toes and slid over in the corner for his fourth try in 2 games!
Collegiate came back and Douglas were penalised for interfering on the floor and the Collegiate 10 slotted points leaving the half time score at 10 - 3.
The second half brought some questionnable refereeing to the fore! The Collegiate front row were popping up under the Douglas pressure but the ref decided that he wasn't penalising this as he wanted to play rugby!
However the half started much the same as the first, Goodall slotted another penalty! Then came Collegiates first try when the fly half feinted one way and then ran round Douglas into the corner!
Douglas bounced back and Andy Evans was in under the posts, duly converted by Goodall. Momentum then swung Collegiates way as Snellgrove saw yellow when his attempted intercept was judged to be a professional foul! Collegiate however decided they could batter Douglas' forwards into submission at the line out! But they stood firm! Time and time again they kicked corners and not points a decision they must rue today!
Snellgrove returned to the pitch and little more than a minute later Nick Horsthuis saw yellow. Douglas battled hard! And then a bizarre series of events came! Goodall attempted to clear the ball but struck Rob Todd flush in the face, Todds fantastic header fell to Collegiate who put it through the hands! Todd claiming the assist on that one!
Scores balanced at 20 - 18 Collegiate had a shot at goal with the last kick of the game! He missed and Douglas escaped with the victory! The fervent Collegiate crowd were stunned. Credit where it's due Collegiate are a very good team and Douglas got What they expected from them! A tough bruising encounter! But another victory keeps Douglas up at the top end of the table!