Ravens Start Well: Ravens 54 – Seattle 8
Report by Peter MacDonald
Seattle were up at the crack of dawn to arrive for an 11:45 am reserve game and 1:30pm premier game to accommodate the referees who were involved in the USA Canada game on Saturday night. Well the US won the night game, the Seattle reserves prevailed against the Rippers but the Ravens took the premier game as Seattle tired in the second half after a good first half performance. While it was 20-8 for the Ravens at the half it could well have been a Seattle lead if not for try saving tackles by Pat Richardson and Sean Hase and a knock on in goal as a Seattle player was touching down in the clear.
Injuries played a significant part in the loss for Seattle as first a player went off early on, then the #3 and the #8 cracked heads at a ruck at 25 minutes causing the #3 to leave the game and the #8 to sub out for blood. While the #8 returned briefly to the game he left again before the half feeling “bleary”. Then in the second half there was a second long break in play to attend to a player with a leg injury who also had to be replaced. Five second half Raven tries resulted before the game was blown up somewhat early with the consent of the coaches.
What else did we learn?
- The Ravens’ lock James Carson and prop Jake Maclachlan were on debut and both played well. The long and the short of it is James was a force at the gain line as well as in more open play where he ran a hard inside line off of Brian Moylett and then drew the last defender and put away Jordan Sandover-Best for an excellent try. Jake slotted into the front row and the pack didn’t seem to miss a beat to this untrained eye.
- Moylett, a lock until now throughout his career I assume, played inside centre and was more able to display his considerable handling and kicking skills. Of course being slotted in between Aaron McLelland and Colby Mason makes the transition a little easier.
- The back row of David O’Donoghue, Dan Cervino and Richardson contained youth, guile and graft and had a big role in the win.
- Other try scorers were Matty Suez, Moylett (2), Mclelland, Carson, Cervino and Jeff Vreys who raced 50 metres down the right sideline and cut in hard to score after quick ball through the backs set him off on the outside.
- Seattle’s Cole Van Harn had a strong game at flanker making the biggest hit of the day at a clear out and the #9- 10 combination of Isaiah Chinen and Johnny Reid were good with Chinen doing everything he could to keep spirits up.
There is always room for improvement, the passing was sloppy at times in this one, but as a start for the Ravens it was a solid effort. Off to the Lomas next week for a Kitsilano derby game.