One of Park’s worse performances in recent memory saw them go down to a good but conservative St Louis team. While Park made more substitutions than normal as this was not a league game, the first hour in which they did play their full strength side was no better than the final 30 minutes.
St Louis came equipped with a game plan to kick behind Park and keep Park deep in their own territory. Seldom did they look to break the line with their backs. The ploy worked as Park had difficulty gaining ground returning the kicks.
The Bombers took the lead after 15 minutes. Sucking in Park’s defense with a series of slow picks, they eventually created space in the left corner for a try. Five minutes later, this lead was extended when missed tackles in Park’s centers allowed the St Louis runner to touch down.
Park lacked the dynamic play of the previous week and breaks were few and far between. A striding Marples run showed some promise but all too often Park took too many phases to look for space in the wide channels.
A third try in the 29th minute meant Park were down by 19 and chasing the game.
From a lineout maul, Boroski gave Park some hope but as the second half turned into a mirror image of the first, Park faded.
A tough game no doubt, but Park will be looking to improve as the season moves on.
Team: Boghani (Laporte), Boroski (Jewell), Waryjas, Marples (Hodges), Coleman, Laux (Smith), Schwartz (Perrizo), McDowell (Dougherty), Brady (Andrus), Barrett (Asmer), Holmes, Griffin, Dickinson, Rosenbluth (Langley), Bean
Try: Boroski 1