Cockatoos vs Perpignan Tigers
12-Dec-2015 – 14h00 – Parc Vincennes Paris
After a fantastic start to the season with wins against Sister team Paris Cockerels and a wounding battle against Bordeaux Bombers, the Cockatoos faced off against Perpignan on home soil. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be the Cockatoos day. Coach/player Andrew Unsworth filed this following match report.
Great conditions once again out at Vincennes, all be it a touch chilly… as the Cockatoos awaited the arrival of an unknown opponent, a mix of Perpignan and Cergy. Preparation was far from ideal as many players arrived late, we managed to lock ourselves out of the change rooms and our footies went missing.
Despite the relatively inexperienced line up, the Cockatoos were against a mix of players that had hardly even met each other, let alone played footy together! 4 players from Cergy, 4 from Perpignan and 1 from Barcelona.
The Tigers won the toss and kicked with the breeze, which looked like a great decision as the Tigers launched a long goal from half way. Not to be intimidated, Bouchet muscled his way through two attempted tackles and kicked a team lifting goal. The Tigers however, were taking full advantage of the breeze as Sammy, Max and Kevin for the Tigers were all able to launch long bombs to leave the Cockatoos in a panic.
Quarter time 1-3-9 v 6-5-41.
Second quarter brought a few structural changes and a more composed Cockatoos outfit were starting to control more of the play. Bouchet was strong around the contest and Tristan, Glinec and Robson were starting to get amongst the play. A couple of goals to Swadda eased some of the pressure but there was still a huge margin to overcome. Seb from Cergy came off with a suspected broken collarbone, leaving the Tigers with 8 player. A fact that the Cockatoos failed to exploit to full benefit.
Half time 4-7-31 v 8-6-54.
Third quarter was a dangerous quarter with the Tigers having the breeze again. Cockatoos were much more accountable but still turning the ball over way too much. Time and time again kicking to contests rather than running targets. Debutant Kevin started to find his feet, winning contests in the midfield, up forward, and managing to kick his first of two goals.
Three quarter time 6-11-47 v 11-12-78.
Fourth quarter left the Cockatoos with a lot of work to do but with the help of the breeze, anything was possible. Despite dominating control of the ball and having opportunities in front of goal, Cockatoos were still struggling to convert. Misses opportunities close to goal by Swadda, Tristan, Robson, Kev and Bouchet all proving costly.
Full time 9-15-69 v 13-13-91.
Full credit to all the Tigers. Every player was desperate in defence, applying pressure and winning the ball back. The inexperienced players should really hold their heads up high for the effort around the contests, and the experienced heads moved the ball quickly to dangerous places. Cockatoos need to turn up to the next match ready, wanting the ball more than the opposition and compose themselves to choose the best option and execute their skills.
Best: C Bouchet, A Unsworth, S Glinec, T Stanley, K Smith
Goals: A Unsworth 3, K Smith 2, K Robson, C Bouchet, G Paron, S Glinec
|décembre 12, 2015||14:00||Championnat de France||2015/2016|