Nash Bash 2017
The Maoris invaded Nashville determined to get their fill of country music and rugby all in one go. Due to injuries and other last minute issues the band had dwindled to only ten bold tourists, but we were a determined group. After recruiting a college backline the Maori forward pack, marshalled by Cody Crawford at scrum half, took on the Nashville Host’s side, running with the hill in the first half, the Maoris pulled out to a 12-0 lead by half time. As the second half opened a driving rain poured on to the pitch, and running uphill into the teeth of the storm the Maoris and their recruited backs, unable to keep up the pace of the opening period, ending up losing the match 14-12 by the final whistle. Undeterred we woke up bleary eyed and a little rough form our Saturday night festivities for our second match on Sunday against Green Bay. Once again recruiting from the side lines we mustered our 15 just seconds before kick-off. Due to an early lack of both cohesion and hydration several easy tries were conceded to open the match. However tactical kicking by Cody Crawford and the hard running of both Griffin McGuire and Peter Banks saw the Maoris build their way back into the game. Ultimately it was we still came up a bit short losing the second match of the weekend 41-29. Although we did not find our rewards on the pitch the tourists more than made up for that with a series of successes at the fine establishments on Broadway.