Vipers Down MSP Green
- 21 April 2012
- Petone 85kg Vipers vs Marist St Pats
- WIN, 18-13
We were “lucky” enough to have MSP Greens as our first competition game of the season – we all know that no matter the team, MSP is always a tough competitor to face. MSP definitely brought their game and it’s therefore no surprise that it was a hard but good game.
At halftime, the score was 10 all. But by full-time the Petone VIPERs had pulled into the lead to win 18-13. The final score is reflective of a good effort by both teams - that said, the VIPERs put in an impressive and consistent performance for this game. Whatever the Greens threw at us, we matched.
Highlights of the first-half:
MSP scored their first (converted) try within the first 5 minutes. The VIPERs took this hit and responded with their own first try not long afterwards – Second-five Tom Field made an outstanding 15 metre break, stepping and fending off MSP players, to score. First-five Barghy (Andrew Bargh) converted the try to even out the game score.
The forwards had a solid first half, with Blindside: “PT” (Nick Partridge), Tighthead-prop: Dan Eastwood, Hooker: Koro (Sean Maxwell) and Lock: Jimmy Aitkinson making some impressive breaks and gaining some much needed ground for the team. Loose-head prop: “Sleeze” (Andrew McLean), Lock: James Reece-Thomas, Openside: Dave Roche, and Number-eight: Lucas Gammie added to this success with their consistent defence and support.
The backs put forward a high workrate and connected well as a unit throughout the game, with First-five: Barghy, Second-five: Tom Field (player of the day) and Centre: Damian Austin coordinating tightly together to create a solid base of defence and attack play. Fullback: Layton O’Connor, and Wingers: Crazy (Chris Hart) and Tian Cao added to this success, making a number of outstanding breaks down the sideline. Half-back: Hamish Carter centred the team, calling the shots to ensure our success in scrums, mauls, and rucks.
Highlights of the second half:
The VIPERs second try was scored by Number-eight: Nano (Higano Perez) in a classic forwards try – a 10 metre storming run followed by a dive across the line. This was converted by First-five: Barghy, who also converted two penalty goals to solidify the teams winning final score.
With some “fresh legs”, the forwards maintained their momentum with Props: Cliff Barr and JC (Tim Clode) clicking-in to continue the frontrows successful scrum and ruck play; Blindside: Mikey (Mike Etheridge), Openside: Pumba (Josh Joseph), and Number-eight: Nano upping the tempo in our defence play to ensure that MSP didn’t get a chance to score in the second half.
The backs continued with their outstanding play from the first-half. Wingers: Bryce Williams and Tom Misikea were added to the mix and provided further defence support across the backline.
We are reaping the benefits of our efforts at training. Well done guys – lets keep our passion, commitment, and hard work going. In addition to our fantastic game play, I am proud to say that this is the second game where we have not received any yellow/red cards, and that we also received 20/20 Griffiths Memorial Competition points for this game.
Special thanks to our captain, Damian Austin, for his efforts on the field today.
As a team we are showing that we’re up for the challenge, so bring on next week’s game!