Mill Creek Overpowered by Phoenix “A”
Feb. 27, 2015Updated Monday March 2, 2015 by Niall Fenton.
The #9 ranked Phoenix “A” side comprehensively beat previously unbeaten Mill Creek 41 to 7 at North park on Friday night to remain top of the Georgia league.
The game opened with Phoenix pressing Mill Creek and controlling the game, despite the large Mill Creek pack committing every forward to the rucks. The pressure told with team captain Nicco Bein running in a fine score after coming into the line from full back. However, Phoenix then appeared to go asleep and Mill Creek pulled themselves back into the game with some strong forward work inside the Phoenix 22. This resulted in a try from the Mill Creek #10 who ran in untouched under the Phoenix posts. The successful conversion meant that Phoenix were behind in a Georgia game for the first time this season. It was clear to all that the key to success against this forward dominated Mill Creek team would be to utilize the swift Phoenix backs and this is exactly what happened. By half time we saw tries from Deluxy Adams and a wonderful follow up effort from Joe Lynch following an Austin Willis break and subsequent offload. Unfortunately, normally reliable kicker, Lechandt Opperman was having an off-night and so the half time score stood at Phoenix 15: Mill Creek 7 with a lot of try opportunities missed through lack of concentration and poor final execution.
The second half opened with a terrific try from center Chris Bagby, definitely one of the “finds” of the season, and a typically strong run from winger Garrick Glaudin who seems to be thriving in his new position. That man Joe Lynch got on the scoreboard again with a powerful run to score under the posts while dragging 3 Mill Creek defenders over with him! DJ Johnson appears to score in every Phoenix game he plays in lately and this was certainly no exception with another storming try to leave the final score at Phoenix 41: Mill Creek 7. Bennett Erickson was named Man of the Match with some strong tackles and ferocious carries throughout. Some work will be required on the offensive lineout prior to the next game but this team can go into the Charlotte Ruggerfest tournament next weekend with some degree of confidence.