This was an excellent win and display by the Mariners against BP Chemicals, a complete contrast to last week’s performance.
The Mariners had lost three players to the first team and Scott Stevens, AJ Burrows and Lee Warley through injury, but they Brid started strongly and opened the scoring within minutes of the start of the game.
Their pack got on top immediately with some aggressive play at the break down and had moved the ball deep into the visitors half. The ball was moved in the backs and full-back Taylah Muru-King ghosted over for a try and added the conversion.
The Mariners started to play some attractive rugby and it wasn’t long before they were again on the score sheet. From a ruck 30 metres out scrum half Tom Wilson spotted a gap in the visitor’s defence which he cleverly exploited and score a great individual score.
Brid forwards forced a turn over on half way and Tom Brown led the charge, handing on to second row Mark Shackley deep in the BP half. The ball was moved to wing Ben Wollerton who went over in the corner.
The next score came when wing Grant Chaplin was away in space and out-paced the visitors’ full back to score.
The Mariners next score came from a scrum just inside the BP half. Drives from Brown and second row Dewi Roberts got the Mariners going forward and then scrum half Wilson picked from the base of the scrum and just managed to reach over the line to score.
With the half coming to a close, Brid seemed to go off the boil and on the first occasion BP made it into the Mariners half they opened their account to make the half time score 31- 5.
The visitors certainly tightened up their defence in the first part of the second period and were a lot more competitive holding the Mariners at bay for 20 minutes.
The Mariners managed to get back on to the score sheet through a sweeping move involving both backs and forwards finished by winger Matty Taylor. As the home side regained the upper hand again, the Brid pack worked the ball close to the BP line and veteran prop Adam McTurk crossed for a well taken try.
The visitors were still working hard and from a 22 metre drop out the BP scrum half cleverly dribbled the ball over the line for his speedy centre to gather and race 60 metres to score a great individual try.
The home side rounded off the scoring with an excellently taken try by wing Ben Wollerton set up by good hands in the backs. Muru-King’s conversion got the Mariners to the half-century mark.