Jonathan Munro Ford’s Cartier team secured their second win of the St Moritz Snow Polo World Cup – the only team to so far win both of their league games. They defeated Ralph Lauren in a very physical game, 5-4, which at one point could have gone either way.
Fighting hard in defence, Ralph Lauren gave away two penalties at the start of the first chukka. Chris Hyde shortly followed this up with an incredible field goal after Ralph Lauren left their back door open, allowing Cartier to run away with the ball. Ralph Lauren’s Marcos Araya meant business today. Playing at number four and well mounted, he was tight in defence and scored a cracking first goal for his side, claiming possession of the ball in the middle of a scrum, taking it around the back and towards goal.
Jamie Morrison took Ralph Lauren up another notch on the scoreboard when he converted a penalty at the start of chukka two. Araya tried to follow this up with a great run to the goalposts but was denied the equaliser when six-goaler Nacho Gonzalez rode in on the defence and prevented Araya from scoring. A foul by Ralph Lauren just before half time gave away another goal to Cartier.
Ralph Lauren came together better in attack in the second half and Morrison scored another in the third chukka, while Cartier were unable to score any. Another penalty by Cartier in the fourth allowed Ralph Lauren to equalise and suddenly the game was on. Max Charlton, Nacho Gonzalez and Chris Hyde were a tough combination to break and regularly shut down Ralph Lauren’s plays. As the chukka was coming to a close, Cartier were awarded a penalty that Hyde hit wide. However, at the hit in Cartier quickly reclaimed the ball and Charlton finished off the game with a great field goal.
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