D3 defeats Gotham Knights
D3 finished the fall season with a hard earned 27-13 win over 2nd placed Gotham Knights at Randall's Island.
In a first half littered with penalties and dropped balls it was Gotham who took the lead when they capitalised on a loose ball at the base of the New York scrum to steal the ball and score an unconverted try on the 2nd phase after 10 minutes. The lead lasted 5 minutes as NYRC hit back. Sam Smith scored following some quick thinking from Carlos Petersen from two penalties. The scrum half attacked the gaps and got NYRC within 5 metres. Another penalty was given and the ball went wide to Smith and the flanker finished superbly in the corner to make it 5-5. 2 minutes later the lead was NYRC's. Some quick ruck play saw the ball move up the field quickly and Mark Marwood hit a great inside line on a backs move to slice through the Gotham line from 35 metres out and touch down under the posts making the 2 points easy for Badger Denehy. Gotham pulled back to within 2 points a few minutes later when their number 8 crashed over for an unconverted try following sustained pressure. Both sides ended the half with 14 men as the referee punished 2 high tackles. With 5 minutes left of the half Gotham were awarded a penalty 15 metres in front of the posts and their full back gave them a one point lead with a well placed kick. However New York would see out the half with the lead when Denehy was hit late after a kick. He calmly slotted the penalty from 25 metres out to make it 15-13 at the break.
The second half saw New York down to 13 on two separate occasions with the referee punishing high tackles yet again. Despite being down numbers they put in a resolute defensive performance to keep Gotham at bay. New York thought they had taken the lead only for a try to be disallowed for a forward pass. With 15 minutes to go New York stretched their lead to 7 points when Dan King busted through several tackles and sprinted over in the corner to score an unconverted try to make it 20-13. For the rest of the game it was all Gotham, who pushed hard to try and tie the game. They were stopped on numerous occasions with some great last ditch tackling. They were awarded a penalty 5 metres out and went for a scrum with the last play of the game to attempt to get a try. It would lead to a try but not for Gotham. Fraser Grier forced the Gotham 9 to spill the ball and Nelson Morales picked up the loose ball and went the length of the field to score his first try for the club under the posts. Denehy added the conversion to make the final score 27-13.