Medics loss is bitter pill to swallow

Bridlington Marauders 10 Hull Medics 33
Bridlington Marauders 10 Hull Medics 33

Bridlington Marauders took on the medical students from the University of Hull and clearly a lot of the opposition had played rugby at quite a good standard.

However, having arrived with only 15 men, the Marauders were confident of gaining another home win.

Unfortunately, it was not to be as the visitors scored four breakaway tries in the second period to snatch a well-deserved victory.

The first half hour of the match was very evenly contested with the Marauders trying to establish an advantage in the pack, having the much larger set of forwards.

Indeed, as the period wore on the Brid pack did exert some advantage over their opposite numbers and were rewarded with a score.

The pack battered the Medics forwards with a series of pick and drive moves and the ball was moved wide to wing Nigel Cloherty who just managed to squeeze over in the corner for a well-taken try.

Almost immediately, the visitors responded with a solo try from the Medics centre who ran past a number of would-be tacklers to score a converted try and this should have raised alarm bells for the home side the ease with which he managed to score.

In the second period, the Marauders remained on top for 20 minutes and so it is difficult to explain how they shipped 26 points.

The pack worked really hard to contain the home forwards and following the first half try, the Medicsrealised that they had an advantage in the backs. By moving the ball out wide to some pacey outside backs they were able to cut through the Brid defence and scored four long range tries.

Brid did have the last word when, with the game well out of reach, they managed a second try again from wing Cloherty who once again took his opportunity well.

This game provided evidence of a couple of deficiencies in the Marauders game which are able to be corrected.

Firstly, the young students were fitter than the home side and because of a number of injuries in the club notably to backs the Marauders are playing forwards out of position in the backs, which the Medics exploited.

The Marauders pack created a lot of good positions from which they should have scored tries but because of a lack of organisation, these positions went begging.

All these can be corrected if more players attend training on a regular basis.

This was a disappointing game from the Marauders because, although a lot of effort was put into the game, it was lost because of a lack of direction and game management.

Man of the match went to two-try hero Cloherty and thanks must also go to Adam McTurk who filled in at prop for the visitors when they were a man down.

The Marauders are up against another student side from the university this week and must learn from this week’s game.