MATCH REVIEW (vs. Leeds Beckett)

Running back turned O Lineman Bob Brownlees was elected fourth captain for the Sabres’ first game of the season as they took on a small but strong Leeds Carnegie side coming off the back of a close loss to the Sheffield Hallam Warriors in week 1.

After an initial shut out by the Leeds defence, the Sabres’ defence was slow off the mark allowing Leeds to drive slowly downfield before giving up a deep touchdown from a blown man-coverage. At 7-0 after a converted extra point, the first quarter continued without score. To start the second quarter Leeds used their run game to drive steadily downfield resulting in a QB sneak across the goal line, followed by an unsuccessful fake PAT attempt. The Sabres responded quickly with a fast drive from their own 30 yard line from which QB James Wege made his way into the end zone on a broken play. Outside contain was lost as a Leeds completion in the flats turned into a 60 yard touchdown, luckily called back for offensive holding. Possession continued to change hands through picks, forced fumbles and defensive stops and the half came to an end with Leeds up 13-7.

The second half started uneventfully with both teams trading punts. Into the fourth quarter Leeds scored a pick 6 before executing a two-point conversion put the score to 21-7. The Sabres responded on the kick off, with a well executed reverse return fake and accurate blocking allowing Rowan Huggins to take the ball to the house. Sabres force a fumble shortly after the return to put the offence back on the pitch. Unfortunately, the offence couldn’t convert, putting the defence back on with poor field position allowing Leeds to punch in another touchdown exploiting their successful run game. Final Score 27-14.

MATCH MVP’s

Offence: Bruno Schatten
Defence: Usama Mujtaba
Special Teams: Rowan Huggins
Lineman: Tatenda Mazivanhanga
Offensive Rookie: Mark Price
Defensive Rookie: Matt Graham
Captains MVP: Liam Pratt