The Mariners entertained top of the table Hull Medics, last season’s champions who are made up of university students.
Typically, the visitors were young, fit and well drilled with some talented rugby players. However, the Mariners have many young talented players of their own and there was no shame in losing.
The Mariners missed a couple of tricks in this game which might have allowed them to pick up the victory. The Medics arrived very late and therefore had no warm up or pre match run through. The hosts therefore should have stolen a march at the beginning of the game and exert some early pressure.
It was, however, the visitors who took control of the game in the first quarter and after 15 minutes the Medics took the lead with a converted try.
The weather for the game was atrocious with driving rain and a strong wind down the field and as the Mariners were playing against the elements in the first half it was a great performance to restrict the Medics to only one try.
In the second quarter the Brid pack started to exert some pressure of their own through both the set piece but also by being aggressive at the break down. Following a period of pressure in the visitors’ 22, Brid levelled the score when the ball was worked out to the Medics’ right and full back Stevie Mellonby just got over in the corner.
With the wind and heavy rain in his face Mellonby then work a miracle adding a brilliant conversion appreciated by his opposite kicker for the Medics.
The second trick the Mariners missed was not using the elements enough in the second period to pin the visitors in their own half.
With the game coming to a close the Mariners suffered heart break when on one of the few occasions the Medics made it into the Brid half they managed to fashion a try for their centre.
In the forwards, second rows Mark Shackley and Dewi Roberts are forging a formidable partnership. Taylah Muru-King, returning to the side after a period on the bench for the first team was the pick of the backs.
The Mariners have another tough assignment next week at Scunthorpe.
Brid 3rds travelled to Hull University on a windy and wet afternoon. With the conditions dictating the type of play, the Hull forwards initially dominated the early scrums.
Travelling supporter and first team player Ntsikayomzi Daka noticed the Brid scrum was not driving correctly and suggested some alterations, which had an immediate effect.
After 10 minutes of sustained pressure, Lawry picked up from the back of a ruck and drove over the whitewash to score. Michael Nugent converted from the touchline.
Hull came back strongly and attacked the Brid defence. Good tackling by Matty Taylor kept them out but soon afterwards, Lawry was binned for taking the law into his own hands. Hull turned the screw and were rewarded with an unconverted try.
Back to full strength, Brid attacked again and it was Lawry who scored in the corner from a quick tap penalty. Nugent again converted for 5-14.
Just before half time, unfortunately, Lawry then had to leave the field with a bad facial cut requiring stitches.
Hull started the second period with some penetrating runs. Great tackling by Daniel Kempton and Declan Shepley kept them out but eventually a weakness was found and Hull scored.
Both teams braved the elements with lots of lost ball and turnovers. Eventually Hull found a gap and a good forward drive forced them over for another unconverted try to make the score 15-14.