THE VIKINGS’ first home game of the season resulted in yet another emphatic win against Hull All Blacks, the hosts running out deserved 32-6 winners.
However, this was a tough game as the All Blacks are the best team that the Vikings’ have faced so far this season.
The game started well for the Vikings as the All Blacks lost the ball twenty metres out on the first play, with Man of the Match Dylan Harman going over for an unconverted try, making it 4-0.
This was closely followed by a brace of tries from Finn O’Brien, one from finishing off a good team move, the other from one of his weaving runs, neither being converted, bringing the score to 12-0.
At this point the All Blacks were running the ball in strongly but could not penetrate the home side’s steadfast defence. On the home side’s next play, Dylan put in a deft chip kick for Oliver Agar to run onto, resulting in a try under the posts, this was converted by Francis Coggle, (having now found his kicking boots), making the score 18-0.
The half was brought to a close with another unconverted try by Aiden Wilcox, who for the first time was playing at prop, the half closing at 22-0 in the Vikings’ favour.
In the second half the visitors moved the ball well, but it was again to no avail until the final stages of the game. The Vikings were now, after the break, finding the visitors’ defence more difficult to penetrate, until Brandon Greaves, from acting half, moved the ball to the blind side resulting in Lloyd Bettney going in for a try converted by Francis, making it 28-0.
The All Blacks finally managed to get a converted try of their own, after the home side lost the ball twenty metres out; resulting in a scrum, from which the visitors’ full back weaved his way to the line, the score now being 28-6.
However, that was as good as it got for the All Blacks, as the Vikings had the last say with Oliver being on the end of some good movement, scoring his second try which could not be converted, to bring the game to a close at 32-6.
This was the sternest test the Vikings have faced this season so far. Yet again their defence came to the fore and their attack is also starting to gel. Another good all round display, keep it up boys for there are still more sterner tests to come.
The Holderness Vikings under 6s (Pictured) are a new team this season and are coached by Craig Greaves and Dave Emerson. They had their first festival at KCOM Craven Park last week, seeing them win two games, 7-1 and 6-0 and drawing the other 4-4, all of which are tries, as they do not take conversions at this age, as the games are played on small pitches. Being a new team, and not playing before, the coaches were a little apprehensive as to how the boys would take to facing other teams, but they had no need to worry, as from the word go they really got stuck in, as you can see from the results. Try scorers on the day were; Cory Greaves (5), Man of the Match, Ashton Emerson (5), Alfie Oglesby (3), Daniel Wilkin (2) and Noah Mills (2).