Well, that was brutal.
Winning the toss, IWTNH chose to receive. Linerats ineffectively pushed on the line, GutterRunners ran through into the backfield, basically everything going as expected so far. Taxiderm immediately kill a Linerat, Fodder5b was his name - the "b" denoting that he is already a replacement for a previously killed or retired player - and I suspect that the Fodder5 slot on the team is going to be like the drummer from Spinal Tap... Hoping to minimise casualties, the IWTNH Thrower passes to a waiting GR and a quick score is recorded.
IWTNH 1 - 0 Taxiderm
Taxiderm receive and immediately celebrate by killing another Linerat, IWTNH's Apothecary actually manages to do something useful (he'll probably take the rest of the season off now) and staples the rat back together. At this point it all gets a bit hazy in my memory, but I'm pretty sure the rest of the match happened something like this... Helio leaves his ball carrying Ghoul exposed to a GutterRunner blitz and IWTNH's two ManRunners (GutterRunners with the strength of a man!) set precedent for the rest of the match by successfully making multiple GFI rolls and dodges to free the ball then score shortly afterwards.
IWTNH 2 - 0 Taxiderm
The rest of the half continued to play out with Helio bashing the bejezus out of any Rat foolish enough to stand close to the Taxiderm players.
Second half starts and somehow IWTNH have still *almost* got a full team on the pitch, but Taxiderm are receiving and have a full 11 thirsting for ratblood. A few turns progress as expected - Rats get bashed and leave the pitch, undeads slowly rumble forward. When about 6 rats remain on the pitch Taxiderm's ball-carrying Ghoul launches a pass over a pack of fighting Rats and bones (well - 1 rat, 2 or 3 undeads), which is then somehow plucked out of the air by the solitary LineRat in the ruck. He then dodges out and hands off to the Thrower, who makes a beautiful pass over the lines towards a ManRunner, who catches the ball then dodges away from his marker to score a completely unexpected 3rd for IWTNH.
IWTNH 3 - 0 Taxiderm
Only about 6 Rats remain for the kickoff, so things are looking grim for the rest of the match. Helio displays his inner cruelty by gangfouling a Rat with his freshly acquired Fodder5b Zombie. Somehow the ball pops free again and IWTNH's Thrower manages to end up with it and launch a long pass way upfield into open space, but it is not enough to stop the Taxiderm steamroller from scoring with 1 turn left on the clock.
IWTNH 3 - 1 Taxiderm
The clock ticks down as the IWTNH's MightyBlow endowed StormVermin *finally* gets an armour break (16th turn FFS!), and the whistle blows.
Helio's undead were a Rat-mincing production line, and my rats were almost completely unable to land a blow in return (not through lack of effort!). Fortunately for me, I horrendously abused GFIs and dodges with *very* few failures. From the first turn I felt on the defensive, but with lucky rolls I was able to score against the run of play at least twice.
Cheers for the game Helio, it must have been frustrating to see all your bashiness countered by the Rats slipperiness, it was certainly frustrating for me to watch my Rats going through the Taxiderm sausage machine. However for the first time I think I've seen what people mean when they say "never write off Skaven".
Now if you'll excuse me I need to visit the rat hospital to congratulate the vermin and encourage them to get back on the field, then deliver some bad news to the Rat family of poor Fodder5b as well as starting to scout for his replacement - Fodder5c.
/edit - I'm pretty sure that bit in the middle is mixed up, some of the highlights are in the wrong order, but they all happened at about that stage of the match.