Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NUS punished NTU 22-0

In what was expected to be a close game, turn out to be more one sided than expected.The first half was relatively close, with NUS's Captain Shafiq Zulazmi scoring a trademark try, after his forwards had done most of the work to push over the tryline from a 5m scrum. The half time score remained at 5-0, after NUS kicker Valmiki C Nair missed his first one of the night.
In the second half, NTU tried to stage a fight back, but were visibly out-muscled and out-played in the forwards. NTU soon lost heart and lost the contest in the breakdowns and allowed NUS Shafiq Zulazmi to add another to his tally, a try that was almost a carbon-copy of the previous one. (10-0) Valmiki C Nair failed to provide the extra points and the score remained at 10-0.

From the restart, NTU started to panic and looked desperate to try to put points on the board to keep within reach. But failed attempts at goal from NTU's Fullback Aidill sailed agonizingly wide when he took a 40m penalty kick and a 30m drop goal. NTU's flyhalf Daniel Thiam's drop goal attempt also sailed wide.

These wasted attempts to convert pressure into points turned against NTU, and NUS clinically punished them, recycling ball quickly at the breakdowns, NUS soon put speedster Jonathan Chen into space to score the third try of the game. (15-0)

With 5 minutes to go, NTU threw caution into the wind and played for pride, determined to put a score on the board. With consecutive penalties going their way, the Boon Lay Warriors made waves of crashes, but failed to make much ground. In the end, the night was summed up when NUS turn over the ball from yet another unproductive crash from NTU and saw NUS running the ball from their own 22m line, unleashing winger Jonathan Chen to score under the post. Valmiki C Nair provided the extra 2 points and the game ended 22-0 to NUS, with NUS getting the bonus point for scoring 4 tries.

Scoreline: 22-0
Tries: Shafiq Zulazmi (2), Jonathan Chen (2)
Conversion: Valmiki C Nair (1)

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