Scarborough - Vikings
By Craig Bone
Vikings playing their first game since the pandemic in East Hull with not a great track record.
Taking the field with a mixture of old and new, Vikings starting the much brighter which quick ball for captain Rowley to dispense at will, with a try from the captain in the first five minutes but wasn’t converted.
Then Tom Makin, who was absolutely brilliant all afternoon, scored a try again no conversion, Vikings started allowing BP some space to trundle down the field to score 3 tries of their own to leave the half time score 19–10 in favour of the hosts.
Second half started like it did the first, this time stand off Paddock on debut moved the ball much more with vigour to Davies also on debut to Makin again making 30/40 yard breaks to be stopped by good scrambling defence by BP. The scrum, lead by Tom Fish, Ian Williams and Sam Pollock, were just magnificent as the front row played all 80 minutes against two different BP front rows, finally everything clicked and constantly knocking on the BP line, Vikings got a penalty try 19-17 still to BP.
The back row of Ward, Paxton and Hopper where just everywhere making tackle after tackle getting the Vikings on the front foot, then in loose play a kick on and a try under the sticks for Matt Thomas which was converted, Vikings in front 24-19. 20 minutes to go more changes from BP plethora of replacements but the Vikings team kept repelling the BP team, great turn over from Chris Mabbett got the Vikings a penalty which Paddock obliged, Vikings two scores ahead, BP kept coming and great tackling from Brenton Lee just frustrated BP. Final whistle went and the Vikings had done it, magnificent win which every man contributing where brave, stand-out performances home-grown talent Ed Hopper taking 100% of all line-out ball with ease, with Williams arrows like something you see Ali Pali; front row were just brilliant, but Man of the Match Tom Makin who was just brilliant in attack and defence.
Coach Bone ‘I didn’t really know what would happen today, we showed dogged determination and sometimes damn stubbornness, we were great, this sets us up in good stead for the rest of the season.
BP were great hosts and as always a great set of like-minded lads, thank you and it was great to see competitive rugby being played again.
Pocklington at home next week which the Vikings are unbeaten in over 3 years.