Glendale #1 in DI
GLENDALE, Colo. -- The Glendale Raptors claimed their first ever National Championship on Sunday in thrilling fashion over the Olympic Club of San Francisco in front of an empassioned home crowd. With a final score of 20-15, Glendale's ability to score tries and finish attacking moves led them to a victory.
The first half saw each sides tactics become apparent. Olympic Club rated Keegan Engelbrecht's trusty boot to give his side the advantage. Glendale opted for a flowing open attacking style that allowed their potent back three to unleash their pace. Glendale's tactics prevailed.
After the first half kicking into the wind, Engelbrecht gave his team a three point advantage going into the tunnel at halftime, but the second half would swing in Glendale's favor.
Fullback Dewan Reed exhibited enormous pace and an elusive step that stood any number of Olympic defenders and left them grasping at the crisp Colorado air. His ability to cross the advantage line and force Olympic to scramble in defense caused enough devastation to allow him to offload to his wingers who were invariably in support.
Engelbrecht had trouble with the swirling wind at his back in the second half and kicked two penalties wide right, which would have been the difference in the game. He slotted a penalty in the 77th minute to get his team within a converted try.
A defensive surge, led by flyhalf Ata Malifa left the Olympic side reeling and closed the game out for the Raptors.