Mariners’ momentum continues

Scunthorpe 3rds 7 Bridlington Mariners 12
Scunthorpe 3rds 7 Bridlington Mariners 12

The Mariners continued their march to the Merit League play-offs with a tough trip to Scunthorpe on Saturday and came away with a hard-fought but well deserved win.

In conditions ideal for rugby, Brid played against quite a strong wind in the first period. In a game with few try-scoring chances it was the Mariners who created the most and managed two scores.

The first quarter of the match was an arm-wrestle between the packs. As the half wore on, the Brid pack started to win the battle and take control of the game.

Brid scored the only try of the half and it came from an excellent rolling maul by the forwards which took them 30 metres downfield. From a resultant scrum, stand-off Jamie Muru made a great burst through the home side’s defence to create space for wing Mark Chapman who flew over in the corner.

Taylah Muru-King was short with his attempted conversion and Brid took a 5-0 lead into half time.

The Brid pack, particularly in the scrum, had a definite advantage in the second period which meant that the visitors were able to control much of the game.

The Mariners extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half when the forwards secured the ball on halfway. The ball was worked down the blind side and wing Oli Stephenson rounded off an great move racing 30 metres for a good score.

To compound the home side’s woe Muru-King hit an excellent touchline conversion to give the Mariners a 12-point lead.

Scunthorpe had brought on a strong running bock row and he started to give momentum to the home side. Some indifferent decisions from the referee put pressure

on the Brid side and Scunthorpe reduced the arrears with a converted score.

This set up a nervous final 10 minutes as the home side tried to snatch a undeserved win but the Mariners held out and gained a deserved win. This was probably one of the hardest games the Mariners have played recently but all 22 players contributed.

The pack continue to dominate in the scrum and line outs are getting better.

Man of the match for Bridlington was prop Robin Shepherdson.