Old Glory has triumphed in their final match of the season over the Austin AGs. That means they will retain the Cuisine Solutions Cup, currently the only rivalry hardware Old Glory competes for. It was a great win for the home crowd, who made their presence felt despite the threat of rain. Old Glory's tumultuous season is now over, and it ended on a high note tonight at Segra Field.
Old Glory came out of the gates playing hard. They took control immediately, threatening the Austin goal line. However, a missed pass and a lucky bounce gave the AGs a breakaway try for the first points. Old Glory answered right back, though, with a break by Renata Roberts-Te Nana down the sideline, who offloaded to Jason Robertson for the try.
However, a couple penalties from OGDC handed Austin some prime field position, and a second try. The conversion was missed, though, limiting Austin's lead to just five.
That lead would get cut down a few minutes later as Robertson nailed a penalty kick. Old Glory continued to bring the pressure, but several lineout mishaps slowed their momentum. Still, the team was able to push into their opponent's 22 with some strong running. Cynical play saw an AG sent off with a yellow, but still Old Glory struggled. Eventually, the ball made it's way out to D'Montae Noble, who scored in the corner to give DC the lead.
Austin cut that lead with a penalty kick of their own, but the tide had shifted in DC's favor. They continued to put on the pressure in the Austin half. A series of cynical penalties sent another AG to the sin bin, and yet more penalties saw the ref award a penalty try to Old Glory. A few minutes later, we reached the end of the half.
Halftime: Old Glory DC 24-15 Austin AGs
It wouldn't take long in the second half for Old Glory to score again. A loose ball was kicked forward by Mungo Mason, who chipped it all the way to the end zone and fell on it for another try. Robertson missed the conversion, and then missed a penalty attempt a few minutes later.
Austin responded by driving down into Old Glory's 22. They didn't have to fight too hard for a try, though, as a crafty kick gave their winger easy points. The conversion was good to put Austin just a score behind again.
Play was back and forth for a while, with both teams having their opportunities, but neither being able to convert. As the final minutes approached, Austin took a easy penalty kick to cut the lead to just four points. With time expiring, the AG's made a last ditch effort down the sideline. However, Robertson tackled the player into touch, ending the match and giving Old Glory a win.
Full time: Old Glory DC 29-25 Austin AGs