UTS were lights out against the Pirates Week 2

The Gators couldn’t hold on against the Pirates in week 2, losing this one 24-20 after leading by 8 midway through the final quarter.

The game went blow for blow right until the end, with the Pirates able to maintain the intensity on show by both teams just a while longer than the Gators. It was an even contest with neither team dominating. The Pirates rushing attack was just too much for a good UTS defense in the end, yielding 4 scores on the ground to Western Sydney, 2 of which came in the 4th quarter amidst their game-winning fight back.

The offense looked good in patches both running and passing for UTS, however their inconsistency kept the Pirates within striking distance and they never developed a comfortable lead, evident in the way Western Sydney chased them down in the 4th quarter.

The defense played hard-nosed football throughout, however their intensity was matched by the Pirates offense which seemingly took its toll, wearing the D down as the game wore on, definitely a factor in their 4th quarter comeback. Despite forcing two first-half turnovers, they just couldn’t make plays down the stretch to hang on to that lead.

Special teams was marred by an early muffed punt which saw the Pirates convert a short field into points, inviting them back into the contest after UTS established a rhythm on offense and forced another stop on D.

A tough one to swallow for the Gators. Hopefully they can turn it around next week against a tough Bondi Raiders outfit.

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