Attica Springboks – Heraklis Salonica (13/12/08)

Attica Springboks – Heraklis Salonica (13/12/08) Glyka Nera pitch
Weather: cloudy, no wind
Kick-off: 15:15
Spectators: 50
Referee: G. Kaloxylos
Touch judges: L.Bellamy, A.Westra

Attica Springboks: N.Courcelle – G.Perrakis – E.Tipene – N.Makridis (P.Cordova) – D.Barrable (K.Ierodiakonos) – K.Houdalas – R.Mayhew – C.Fornes – D.Collet – A.Sparacello (J.Kosmas) – E.Risso (L.Agostini) – J.Yi – L.Fadin – N.Zonidis (L.Botsis) – K.Papadopoulos. Other suppl.: G.Martinez – O.Savvopoulos.

Heraklis Salonica: 15 players.

Half time score: 8-0
Final score: 20-7

Match conducted in good spirit.
Very few occasions in the first half, most of the game being held in the mid-field, and strong defense from both sides. N.Courcelle opened the score with a penalty kick (32’; 3-0). Closing one the few phases near Heraklis goal line, Kai Fornes (No8) scored an opportunistic try when he dived on a ball dropped by one Heraklis player in his own goal zone (40’; not converted; 8-0). Heraklis made several attempts on penalty kicks, but without success.

On the second-half, both teams were more active in attack. Heraklis had to fight with 14 players from the end of the first half. In Heraklis 22m zone, N.Courcelle (No1) started a personnel action with a low kick above Heraklis defense and a follow-up in Heraklis goal zone. He fell on to the ball together with one Heraklis defender and referee gave a 22m kick considering Heraklis player had reached the ball first. A few minutes later, Springboks started a passing phase in the back lines from their 10m line, when Heraklis scrum-half Dagdelenis (No9) made the interception and run 40 m to score the try, converted by first center Kouroumihakis (No12) (55’; 8-7).
Five minutes later, new Springboks lock D.Barrable (No5) forced Heraklis defense and scored a try converted by N.Courcelle (60’; 15-7).
Heraklis ended the game with 13 players after a second injury, but this did not reduced their hungriness for strong defense and attacking game.
Game closed with a ball going all the way down Springboks line to reach freshly entered as wing L.Agostini, who skipped three Heraklis defenders along the side line and scored after a 50m run. Not converted (81’; 20-7).

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