A second outing for the South Coast Saurus saw them pitted against the 'Dark Templar's' Darkblades, a welcomed opportunity to see what the mighty lizards could do up against an Elf team ahead of a showdown with Bullcher Feb's Pro Elves.
Although missing a couple of big guys from the previous match all seemed to go well from the kick off with a rock thrown from the crowd clattering one of Mike's Elves - surely this was going to be easy!
|Poor ickle Elves, got a hurty?|
All seemed to be going to plan with the ball seemingly safely screened and the Skinks poised to run in for the touchdown, but I decided to try and be clever! I wanted to try and run down the moves to reduce the scoring opportunities for the Darkblades, if we could end the half 1-0 to the good then the Saurus would certainly be in the ascendence.
|What could possibly go wrong?|
With plenty of gaps to exploit the plan seemed foolproof, but the truth was that my team was too thinly spread and although there was only one alternative open to Mike he took it and executed the move perfectly. A successful Blitz saw the Darkblades snaffle the ball and scream down my unprotected flank. The Skinks tried to slow up the progress, but the Elves just seemed to skip through and there was the touchdown just as the half was up - blast!
|Not so fast now!|
|Not the best defence against a Dark Elf.|
Kicking to the Darkblades it seemed that everything went against me. From the kick off the ball landed at the feet of their runner, this coupled with a rock thrown from the crowd knocking down a member of my defensive line meant that their was hole for the Elves to exploit.
Exploit they did and when they get space they become incredibly hard to stop. I just couldn't get through their armour and in no time at all they had scored again!
There was still time to score and I decided to resort to a tactic that had served me well before - loading up one flank with the Skink runners lying in wait, but then disaster struck! Mike gets a free move before the kick off and suddenly there is line of Dark Elves BEHIND my offensive line! Fine, thinks I, we will just maim as many as we can, but oh no a double Both Down with no re-rolls left - turnover and another score to the Elves.
There was no time left for another score from either side, but I was determined to come away with some points - cue a dinosaur bloodlust!
|Skinks question why the Magician shot his bolt so soon in game!|
Some hard lessons learnt, but some much needed experience was gained - perhaps most importantly getting a Saurus upgrade. Purchases have been made and we will be travelling with an additional re-roll and an Apothecary to the next match. I need to thank Mike for his patience, generous support and not to mention the title banner that I've lifted from his superb log where you can read a much more comprehensive report here.