After the Hogs ruined the Spartans perfect season last year, the grand final rematch was set to be a physical and entertaining affair. Welbourn returns for the Hogs, (after missing all three contests between the two rivals last season) leading the league’s highest scoring offense, against the competitions stingiest defense.
Early turnovers cost Adelaide Uni, spotting the Spartans 14 points. As the first half progressed, the Hogs offense managed to move the ball, with BTP scoring to bring the Hogs within 7. Musallam replied immediately, giving the Spartans a 22-7 lead at the major break.
The second half saw the Hogs offense awaken, with Morton, Olive and BTP each hauling in multiple deep receptions, but again turnovers and penalties stopping them from applying scoreboard pressure. BTP scored late in the third, closing the gap 22-13.
After an impressive first half rushing the ball, the Spartans were unable to sustain drives in the second half, giving the Hogs more opportunities to capitalize. Welbourn connected with BTP, closing the gap 20-23.
As time wore on Olive converted key first downs and put his team within field goal range via a long reception, before converting for three. Adelaide University remains undefeated 23-22.
HOGS: Welbourn 1 passing. Thera-Plamondon 2 rushing, 1 receiving. Olive 1 FG.
SPARTANS: Musallam 3 rushing.