Tensions were high as the Surfers faced off for the second time against the undefeated Twin Cities Amazons. The Surfers received the first kickoff and were immediately put on their back foot by the Zons tenacious line. A hard fight back and forth across midfield ended with a try scored by lock Sara Bakker. No conversion left the score 5-0. A hard ten minutes of open play followed with the Surfers holding the Zons accountable in the rucks. The series ended with a break in the Surfers defensive line on the try line, with #13 Lynelle Kugler dotting down for the Zons. The Amazons really began to build up momentum after that, with several key line breaks off set pieces, with the score at half of 0-36.
After the half, the Amazons proved relentless for the first 10 minutes, with two tries with no conversions. Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Surfers stayed in the Amazons 22 for several minutes, fighting hard to keep possession and keep gaining ground. After several cross-field series, the ref awarded a key penalty about 10m from the try line. #13 Emilie Bydwell led the charge off the quick tap, and dotted down amidst a pile of orange bodies. Both teams were held scoreless for the next 15 minutes, with much of the same back and forth possession and hard fights in the set pieces. Lynelle Kugler ended the series with a score for the Amazons.
Off the restart kickoff, the Surfers were on the attack. After being awarded a scrum just inside the Amazons 10, a quick dish off the scrum from 8 Lauren Daly to wing Nia Williams resulted in some fancy footwork by Williams the remaining 40 meters ending in a score. Lauren Daly converted resulting in a score of 12-51. The Surfers continued to fight hard up field against the indomitable Amazons’ defense, but a crucial interception by Lynelle Kugler left the Zons with the last say in the game. The final score was 12-56 Surfers to Amazons.
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