MATCH REPORT: Juniors maul Tigers

MATCH REPORT: Juniors maul Tigers

A hot and sunny Sunday held a 48-0 blowout away game win for the Hertfordshire Cheetahs who battled against the Thames Valley Tigers. An afternoon of intense football struck with the cheetahs starting with possession of the ball. Another strong performance by RB Ashley Gatulah who displayed his awareness, speed and strength at the position while putting three touchdowns on the board. Furthermore, FB Byron Kealy also scored with a run up the middle early in the game. While the game consisted of heavy runs by both backs, WR Josh Miller-Hall displayed good hands with a catch in the corner of the endzone to finish off the first half.IMG_4119

IMG_4120While the Thames Valley Tigers had home field advantage, they unfortunately could not put any of their own points on the board. However, they showed promise with a couple of shots to TE Lewis Marstin , but for the second week the cheetah’s displayed a shutdown defence with a strong pass rush unit consisting of standout performances by LB Patryk Cwiertnia and S Jack Preece both putting a stop to the Tiger’s run game. The Cheetah’s defence also showed a solid and consistent secondary, batting down several passes was GB CB Johanne Remigio along with CB Daniel Ward having a day with two interceptions, one of them being a 105-yard return to the house for 6 points. With all of these scores, the special teams unit converted all six field goals due to K James Abegglen’s strong and consistent kicks.

That all being said, the Cheetahs are far from complete. Head Coach Alex Halms said “On Sunday, we looked uncomfortable being favourites”. At 3-1, the Cheetahs have a lot to improve on before they play the London Warriors. With every performance, the Tigers are improving. They have yet another battle with one of Britain’s finest in the London Blitz. With the end of the regular season quickly approaching these teams, top quality football will surely be played in the coming weeks.

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