Please accept my apologies for the tardiness of this report but better late than never!
Sunday’s Kolkata Telegraph reported that the Jungle Crows retained the Calcutta Cup, with a 10-8 win over Future Hope!
What a game, if it was boxing the Crows might have been given a standing count in the first half in which they never once managed to get the ball out of their half though having plenty of possession. Future Hope missed 3 long range penalties and scored from one. 3-0 at half time and there were some stern words and a desire to do better.
10 minutes into the second half and the Crows crossed the line after a series of drives from the ruck. It wasn’t always pretty, but was done at a fast enough pace to leave the Future Hope defence exposed and Sidarth pounced across the line for the score. Tudu’s conversion and the Crows were 7-3 up.
Both teams continued to enjoy equal possession but neither was able to break the other down. Half way into the second half and the Crows were defending their own line-out at 5 metres and in a classic mix-up under pressure the throw went straight to the last man in the line out, the Future Hope flanker, who couldn’t believe his luck and quickly crossed the line! No conversion but Future Hope were now up 8-7. Nail biting stuff.
The clock was ticking down and though the Crows were getting into good positions they couldn’t finish. The sidelines were bouncing, especially around the coaching team as two penalties were taken quickly from in front of the posts with no result. Finally sense prevailed and a simple penalty in the middle 10 metres out was slotted home – 10-8. Still close but the Crows were now in control, their fans knew it and soon there were hugs all round. Jungle Crows….Calcutta Cup Champions 2011!
Thanks to everyone that has supported us on this crazy journey!!