Not much to report from this game. ;) Paul had very soft and cuddly blocking dice during the first 10-12 turns, I had a good first turn that saw two guard blitzers knock-outed, one of which Paul chose to Apo. This didn't prove decisive, as Grunki still ran it in for 1-0 at the break - or so I thought. Having lined all my players up deep to prevent a 1TTD Paul got a riot and duly rolled a stack of dice, made good use of his rerolls and equalised before the half.
This frankly made me so angry I tilted and went after his ball carrier with everything I had. Almost succeeded too, but quad-skulled with a slayer close to where I had knocked the ball loose, and this sent Paul on a knock-down, knock-out and running frenzy from which I had little chance of truly recovering. Too much tilt and too many short-legged players had gone into downing the carrier.
So 2-1 and frankly not the game I had hoped for, kick-off bullshit is part of how BB rolls, but it's just super annoying to have the game decided by freak events when things were otherwise so tense and interesting. Lessons? Line up better on T8s. Injure more players (in the season as well as playoffs - ta-ha!). Remember that on defence, with dwarves, you have to stall (unless you've got numbers enough that you can throw some forward...).
Over and out
Not much to add - it was a tough first half for the Sharks, making little progress on the dwarf offence due to below average blocking (but tense and interesting nonetheless). Easy one-nil for Nicolas. I set up for the one turner (with sidestep catcher, so very possible) but got the riot instead. Had plenty in range, but some good defensive positioning and I need a fair few dice for the equaliser which really should have gone wrong, but didn't, and it was 1-1.
First 2H block on the LOS was a KOd dwarf and things were now looking super. They stalled a little with another turn of pushing and the ogre forgetting what he was doing and the ball was suddenly on the floor. However that was when Nicolas rolled his quad skulls. Terrible roll and an incredibly telling moment as I could rescue the ball and surf a dwarf. Now only facing nine, two of which were quickly stunned, and Nicolas had little chance left. Incredibly tough, after a season of building a team for a single kick off and then a quad skull to knock the dwarves out, but that's the daft game we play, some times. Sorry, Nicolas. Rubbish outcome for what was looking like a great game.
N: And just to add - thanks for a great game, Paul - you were a gent as always - and best of luck with the rest of the POs! #foxybane ;)
|Posted Tue Feb 7 2017 15:04:55 (last edited Wed Feb 8 2017 7:35:47) by nivlaps