On a wet and windy morning, BSN-Te Werve played out a close game against Haarlem. After being second best in the first half, BSN increased their intensity in the last 15 minutes of the second half, scoring two tries to close out at 19-10 win.
BSN had started the first half well. From a scrum, Eddy broke through to score after only three minutes, but after that, Haarlem had the better of the first half. They had the territory, with BSN losing possession in the rucks.
Haarlem had tested BSN with one diagonal kick to the right wing. Trying he move again, the second kick put BSN under pressure on their line. Scrambling back, BSN tackled the Haarlem winger. From the recycle, BSN collected the ball, but were tackled on the line. With little cover, Haarlem were presented with an easy try to level the scores.
After the equaliser, BSN had some territory, but Haarlem fought back, consistently winning the ball at the breakdown. A BSN passing move put Alexander in trouble, receiving a pass with a Haarlem player on top of him. Haarlem claimed the ball and had the overlap, leaving Duncan on the wing with little chance to stop Haarlem’s second try.
There was still some of the first half left. Adam broke in the middle and the ball went left to Atlanta, who nearly made the corner, only losing the ball after a last ditch tackle. From the scrum, 5 metres out, BSN won the ball, but could not convert the opportunity and Haarlem finished the half with a deserved 10-5 lead.
There were some tough words at half time. BSN needed to show more fight in the rucks, using their shoulders and presenting the ball back on the ground, as well as driving over to set the ruck.
In the second half, BSN started with the better territory, but Haarlem still had the edge in the rucks and continued to counter.
A knock on led to a scrum in the Haarlem half and a break by Eddy led to a score under the posts, which Adam converted to give BSN a two-point lead.
Another Haarlem diagonal kick to the right wing nearly presented the opposition with a chance from a fortunate bounce, but the threat ended when Haarlem conceded a penalty. Adam’s deep kick moved BSN far up the pitch, but an opportunity for a try did not come.
Some more good defensive kicking from Adam and chasing by William kept the play in Haarlem’s half. A run by Louis on the left wing put Haarlem in trouble. Alexander was quickly in to secure the ruck and BSN moved the ball to the right, with the forwards working hard to make ground, until Tim dived over to give BSN a decisive lead. Adam converted and BSN saw out the rest of the game for a 19-10 win.
Coaches: Darren, Scott, Andrew
Team: Alexander, Atlanta, Daniel, Dario, Duncan, Eddy, Haydn, Jake, Louis, Matthew, Moritz, Olivier, Thomas, Tim, Wandrille, William