Bridlington Mariners returned to action after a lengthy Christmas break with, firstly an away defeat at Malton, but then a good win at home on Saturday against another local rival Beverley Bandits.
The Mariners took only 15 players to Malton but a 30-0 result slightly flattered the Malton side.
On Saturday, though the Mariners had a number of players available. The Bandits arrived without players to play in the front row of the scrum and, even though the Mariners offered players to play in those positions, they still insisted on having uncontested scrums which didn’t go down well with the Mariners forwards.
The first 20 minutes of the game were pretty even with both sets of forwards testing each other out but it was clear why the Bandits wanted uncontested scrums because that allowed them to launch their backs.
However, gradually the Mariners got on top and opened the scoring. The Brid pack had worked their way near to the visitors’ line and won a scrum.
The Mariners half backs fired the ball out wide and full back Mark Chapman ran into a hole to stroll over for a good try. Scrum half Taylah Muru-King was just wide with his attempted conversion but the Mariners had the lead.
They then allowed the visitors back into the game with some indifferent tackling conceding a soft try near to the end of the first half.
In the first 20 minutes of the second period the Mariners took the initiative the pack running hard at the Beverley forwards.
The home side capitalized on the hard work of the forwards with a score from number eight Tom Brown when, from another scrum 15 metres out, he picked from the base of the scrum and showed great determination and skill to barge his way over for a great individual try.
Muru-King added the easy conversion.
Beverley were not letting the home side have it their own way and within minutes were right back in the game with a try of their own to make it 12-10.
Muru-King then extended their Bridlington’s with a well-struck penalty but in the last 15 minutes of the game Beverley sensed that they could nick a win and started to dominate possession and ran the ball hard at the home side.
However, the Mariners defence was very solid. With seconds to go wing Nigel Cloherty secured the win racing 50 metres and avoiding three would-be tacklers for another excellent individual try. Muru’s conversion secured the 22-10 win.
For the Mariners, props Robin Shepherdson and Jayson Stephenson and captain Mark Floyd carried well and young Taylor Muru-King had a good game.
Cloherty took his try well and full back Mark Chapman ran the ball well but number eight Brown stood out and was awarded the man of the match award.
Next week The Mariners have a must win game at home versus BP.