A sensational defensive display saw U Mumba beat the Bengal Warriors 37-27. U Mumba’s defence scored 16 tackle points and limited the Warriors’ raiding unit to only 17 raid points. With this win, U Mumba climbed to sixth on the points table.
U Mumba were off to a fast start and raced to a 4-1 lead, but two quick points from the Warriors cut the deficit to one. Abhishek Singh’s touch point on Vishal Mane extended U Mumba’s lead to two, but their advantage was wiped out by a Super Raid from Manoj Gowda, which saw the Warriors pull ahead on the scoreboard.
A Super Tackle from U Mumba’s defence kept the All Out at bay, but a tackle point from the defence and a two-point raid from Maninder Singh helped the Warriors inflict an All Out and level the scores at 14-14.
Bengal finished the half with a 3-2 run to go into the break leading 17-16.
U Mumba commenced the second half with a 3-0 run that reduced the Warriors to just three players on the mat. Abhishek and the defence added two more points to their team’s total to reduce the Warriors to a solitary man, who surrendered a touch point, which inflicted an All Out and saw U Mumba take a 24-17 lead.
U Mumba’s relentless surge continued, as they added three more points to their total and extended their lead to 10. Eventually, Gowda’s touch point on Harendra Kumar ended U Mumba’s 11-0 start to the second half. The Warriors tried to mount a comeback but were matched point-for-point by U Mumba, who continued to lead by 10.
Three tackle points from Fazel Atrachali saw the Warriors reduced to just three players, but the trio combined to dash Abhishek Singh off the mat to keep the All Out at bay. Both teams added another point to their respective totals in the final minute of the game before the final whistle confirmed a crucial win for U Mumba.
Best Raider – V Ajith Kumar (9 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Fazel Atrachali (8 Tackle Points)
Best Raider – Mohammad Nabibakhsh (6 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Ran Singh (2 Tackle Points)