Potomac Exiles Drop Season Opener to Norfolk
The Potomac Exiles’ hot start was not enough to overcome a strong Norfolk team. After surrendering an early penalty, Potomac jumped out to a 29-3 lead. An interception by winger Joanel Joseph, aggressive team defense, and some nifty footwork from fullback Matt Quigley lead the visitors to the hot start. However, a late first-half try by Norfolk would be an omen of things to come.
Norfolk scored again early in the second half to close the gap to 29-17. The hosts would eventually tie the match at the 61st minute. A yellow card and an inability to retain ball would give Norfolk three more tries in the final 12 minutes. A try in the final minute down the far sideline sealed the final score, a 50-29 victory for the home team.
Man of the Match: New hooker Guy Lopresti had a great all around game, tackled well, turned the ball over defensively, had good line out throws and an overall strong defense.
Special mention: Fly half Allan Stafford Kicked well and put in some good low tackles. Eight-man Kevin Kimble had some good go forward runs and defensive turnovers.
Division Three: Similarly, D3 jumped out to an early start. However, injuries took their toll and Western Suburbs fought back for a 34-22 win.
This week: Tuesday will be a huge practice as we go over the things that let us down. Specifically, restarts and scrums. All was not lost, as the first 30 minutes showed what kind of team we are capable of being, and we picked up a bonus point on the road against last year’s MAC runner-up. Our mistakes were fixable with a strong week of practice. We need all hands on deck to prepare for the defending MAC Champs, Rocky Gorge, at home.