Amstelveen earned a bonus point and secured its first win of season 2014-15 over a typically physical Hookers unit.
Amstelveen in action against the Hookers, photo Henk de Best
The early stages of the match resembled two boxers in the opening rounds of a title fight. Both teams traded penalties in the same way two heavyweights might trade jabs although mainly circling each other, anticipating the next move.
Our defence started the match strongly, particularly around the ruck and at midfield. We showed discipline to avoid overcommitting at the breakdown as well. This was in contrast to our last match and it was reported later that we made more tackles in the opening fifteen minutes than in the entire game against Castricum!