By Craig Bone
Marist, starting the game with the strong wind behind them, scored after one minute from broken play in the midfield – Vikings went 7-0 down. Ten minutes later Marist again scored a full length-of-the-field try from the Vikings handling area. Vikings started to get foothold into the game from the ensuing pressure, got a penalty which Joe Edmond converted 14-3. The Vikings scrum were really putting pressure on the Marist set-piece – getting penalty after penalty – but the Vikings couldn’t convert the pressure into points. With 5 minutes to go, a loose ball in midfield caused a turnover and Marist squeezed into the corner which was converted 21-3 at half time.
The Vikings were still in with a shout with the big wind behind them, and for 35 minutes camped in Marists 22. Unfortunately Vikings couldn’t turn dominant scrums and good patterns into points on the scoreboard. Banging on the Marist line time after time. the Vikings got a push-over try by Tom Read which unfortunately was not converted 8-21. In the last minute Marist got another loose ball and scored to make the game 26-8 in favour of the visitors.
The Vikings threw everything at the Marist defence which was very work man like and organised from the offset of the game.
Man of the Match Jack Ireland was immense again with his tireless carrying of the ball around the field. The front row of Fish, Day, Peate won their little battle at scrum time, constantly pushing Marist’s much heavier pack around at every opportunity, even with the 3 different front rows put out against them.
Coach Bone was again really proud of his troops with their never-say-die attitude and fantastic discipline through out the game.