On a day where a broken down bus delayed kick-off, the Roughnecks arrived late to Garscube and set to work. Losing the toss, we elected to receive the ball, and set to work on offence, looking to get up early and kill off the game early.
Following a few punts back and forth it would be the Roughnecks who would make a dent in the scoreboard the earliest, with the offence getting into short field goal range mainly via the ground game, allowing kicker #4 Stuart Don to make it 3 - 0 in the first quarter. The defence would stand firm, stopping West Coast from gaining any momentum, something that would carry on through out the game as the Trojans toiled with their low numbers
Receiver #1 Sean Breen would score his first ever Roughnecks touchdown in the second quarter, catching the ball in the back corner of the endzone after a nice lofty pass from QB #16 Chris Breen before Running Back #44 Grant Travis would add the 2 point conversion to make it 11 - 0. The Roughnecks defence would continue to hold strong, forcing multiple turnovers throughout the game. Another offensive drive would stall inside field goal range, and #4 Stuart Don would nail a 42 yard field goal which would've been good from 50 to make it 14-0 at the end of the half.
Alleged worry for the facility's closing time would lead to 12 minute quarters and a running clock for the whole second half. The Roughnecks would continue to dominate the game and only add to the score, with the game finishing 27 - 0. Running Back #25 Diego Esquer would score his first touchdown for the Roughnecks in a game where he ran the ball hard alongside #35 Dave Obatolu in the backfield all day. It was a special day for Wide Receiver #18 Rhys Elmslie who would get his first touchdown since returning from his horrific leg break which saw him miss the entirety of the 2017 season on a long pass down the right side of the field once again from QB #16 Chris Breen. The PAT would be added to the first of these two, with the Trojans getting an arm up to block the second PAT and another field goal attempt in the second half to prevent any more scoring.
After the game our coaches had this to add:
Coach Collinson, Interim Head Coach/Offensive Co-ordinator:
"Despite WCT's limited numbers they came to play and made it tough for us in the first half. The offence moved the ball well at times but just lacked that finishing edge at certain points. Having said that still very encouraging signs and a lot of improvements to be made throughout the season as we can only get better. The line has been a standout unit already this season and are key to our success and I have full confidence in them kicking on and improving every game. I think it is testament to where we have come as a team and the expectations we have this season that we are slightly disappointed with a 27-0 win as we know we missed some opportunities on offence. Once again the defence played lights out and will continue to be throughout the season."
Coach Stevenson, Defensive Co-ordinator:
"Firstly I'd like to commend the players on another defensive shut out, only allowing one first down all day. The message throughout the week has been very much about getting on top and staying on top. This was something that we realised had to be carried out for us to come away with a victory. Now we've started the season 2 and 0 and are firmly looking forward to our next match up against the Dumfries Hunters and expecting the same attitude to be taken into that game as we have entered our first two with. A lot of respect should be given to the Trojans who battled all game long, being physical on every down despite severely lacking in numbers. They showed real character to keep going all day long."
MVP: Josh Bahru - Outstanding effort and hard-work all game, getting downfield at every opportunity and setting the tone.
OMVP: Andy Watts - Similar to Josh above, Andy had a great game on the line, dominating his man on every down.
DMVP: Che Mueller - Playing in his first ever game Che disrupted the Trojans centre all day leading to plenty of fumbles and even recovering one of his own.
TD: #1 Sean Breen, Diego Esquer, Rhys Elmslie
FG: 2x #4 Stuart Don
2PAT: #44 Grant Travis
PAT: 2x #4 Stuart Don
INT: #4 Stuart Don
Fumble Recovery: #23 Phil McCall, #90 Che Mueller, #55 Neil McCallum, #38 Brian Mackain, #69 Andy Watts