EDINBURGH WOLVES 30 SHEFFIELD GIANTS 10
The eagerly awaited season opener saw the Wolves travel to Davies Sports Club in Sheffield on a typically overcast yet sunny April day to take on the 1-0 Giants.
The game started off in shaky fashion typical of a first game.
It took a few drives for the offense to start clicking with running back Callum Davidson racking up the yards, running his way to 3 touchdowns. The receiving corp. took a while to warm up but clutch catches from the likes of TE Bruce Callan and WRs Dylan O’shea and Lloyd Dignan saw the offense sustain drives.
An unfortunate error from Sheffield’s snapper saw the ball fly over the punters hands and was kicked out the back of the endzone gifting the Wolves 2 points by way of a safety.
Something changed at half time, whether it was the magical mix of red bull and haribo or that the players got a well earned rest. Personally i think it was the raucous, inspired, raw passion speech of veteran DB Steve Macdonald, there’s something about the way he gathered the team and got everyone ramped up for the second half. Now Steve has a history of a good half time speech, ask anyone on the Wolves Womens team where he was a National Championship winning coach.
Not to be out done the defense pressured the opposition offense all day although some poor tackling led to big plays for the Giants. A pick six by rookie LB Connor McPhee was the icing on the cake for the Defense. “That pick six felt amazing, I know there was some help from the boys putting in key blocks so couldn’t have done it without them.”
We chatted with McPhee about how he is finding his time at the Wolves, “It’s definitely a lot more physical than uni ball [plays for Heriot Watt] and it’s been a massive learning curve as I’ve moved from DL to LB. Overall I’ve had a great time.”
The coaches were very pleased with the teams overall performance. Stand in Offensive Coordinator Coach Orr, “The Oline did a great job making room for the running backs today!”
With little down time between games the Wolves turn their attention to the East Kilbride Pirates this weekend. It will be a great game with both teams wanting to win the bragging rights as “Scotlands Best Team” for the 2018 season. The game is on Sunday 6th May at the Pirates new home ground, the club house will be open from 12 and we would like to see lots of fans there.
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