Baltimore-Chesapeake vs. Pittsburgh

After spending so much of last week’s match in good scoring position, but failing to capitalize on several occasions, the Quins had a lot to prove to themselves when Baltimore-Chesapeake came to town.

And they did just that. Pittsburgh opened up the match with a consistent attack that balanced straight forward power with good passing to the wings. Within five minutes, center Greg Genovese dotted the ball to ground in-goal.

Continuing to play patiently with the ball, it would only be a few more phases before fly-half Ted Sheedy spotted a big gap in the Brumbies’ defensive line. With loose-head Zack Jessell running at full pace, Sheedy easily put him through the gap. Smooth sailing for the second try of the day.

As Baltimore began to settle into their own they began to apply more pressure defensively. 

This put a temporary halt to the Pittsburgh attack, but a Baltimore penalty for a high tackle put the ball on Sheedy’s foot for a free kick and once again the Quins were in good attacking position. Confusion during the line-out put the ball over the heads of the forward pack, but a heads up play by 8-man Villiami Siale saved possession. A few creative offloads later and lock Mitch DePellegrini was over the line for the score.

The Brumbies would not just roll over at this point. With strong counter-rucking they were given a penalty at the break down. The free kick put them deep inside their attacking twenty-two. The Quins did well to defend after the line-out as the ball came out wide, but another breakdown penalty was too much to recover from. The big forward pack of Baltimore put them on the scoreboard after a series of strong picks from the ruck.

At the end of the half the margin still largely favored the Quins, but the Brumbies would start the second half re-energized. After patient play putting them in good scoring position, their fly-half put the ball to boot for a cross field kick to the corner. The Baltimore chase was well timed and suddenly they were on the scoreboard once more.

Briefly it looked like the Brumbies would stage a comeback, but as Pittsburgh settled into the second half they began to pull away. Able to move the ball back and forth the width of the field spread the Brumbies apart enough that gap after gap kept emerging for the Quins. Loose-head Zack Jessell would score again, wingers Zack Schell and Robbie Roche would score, and center Eddie Varea would get the solo effort try of the match putting multiple defenders on the ground while always moving forward. He would later be awarded Man of the Match for his punishing carries. Ted Sheedy would slot a pair of penalty goals for good measure and the Quins would seize the victory in dominant fashion.

Final score Pittsburgh 47 – 17 Baltimore.

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