gain the ascendancy

See: outbalance
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But Cattermole is now ready to return and his experience in the middle of the pitch should help Sunderland gain the ascendancy against Rovers.
The home pack began to gain the ascendancy, allowing Maynard to extend the lead with a penalty.
The home sides pack began to gain the ascendancy allowing Maynard to extend the lead with a straightforward penalty.
That set up a tense 20-minute spell, with both sides looking to gain the ascendancy.
The game then settled down into a battle of attrition as both sides tried to gain the ascendancy.
Both sides looked to gain the ascendancy as the first-half entered its latter stages but it was the visitors who retook the lead as Gopperth raced through the centre before putting away Gaskell, who touched down underneath the posts.
In the second half, Germany began to gain the ascendancy.
Aldridge began to gain the ascendancy and as the forwards made more of a nuisance of themselves.
This time round, his trip here has a special significance, for the Australians are just weeks away from a four- Test tour to India that provides both flawed teams a chance to gain the ascendancy in the ICC Rankings.
Lancaster said: "I thought our scrum began to take control and gain the ascendancy in the second half.
Both packs spent a few minutes then trying to gain the ascendancy and it was in the 31st minute of play that prop James Jones powered over for a try on the right hand side.
Murray was quick to gain the ascendancy, bringing up three break points in the third game and taking the second of them.