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Storm in a B Cup

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by Phil Gibbs

 

On a sunny but windy Marsa pitch, Marauders stormed to their first win in the B Division cup.

Marauders had the wind behind them in the first half, and were soon camped in Stompers territory.

Against a spirited defence, Marauders launched a series of attacks to pressurise the Stompers line, and the breakthrough eventually came when Jack Holland – Morris was given the ball out on the left wing, and showing a nice turn of speed, powered his way from the 22 to the touchline.

Marauders continued to dominate the first quarter, with their forwards winning most of the set-piece scrums and all of the line-outs. Their second try came from a long pass from Patrice Debiere to right wing Jean-Mark de Vink, who scorched 50 metres down the right touchline to score.

Stompers were struggling to gain any possession, having to survive on scrappy ball from the breakdown or occasional unforced errors from Marauders.. One such handling error saw Stompers Jeremy Debatista pick out a ball on the intercept and run through the centre to touch down. Marauders soon struck back when a beautifully weighted cross-kick from Dan Moore picked out Joe Rafferty on the right, who gathered it neatly and sped over the line.

Just before half-time, Debatista again found space in centre field, and broke through Marauders defensive line to score under the posts. The try was converted, leaving the half-time score at 15-12 in favour of Marauders.

In the second half, Stompers failed to use the strong wind now in their favour, and with Marauders growing in confidence and beginning to move the ball through the backs and forward impressively, more tries soon followed. First, Debiere cleverly held on to a one – handed interception and ran under the posts unopposed. Moore converted to take the score to 22-12. He then added to his points tally after Stompers were penalised for killing the ball and he took a quick tap penalty which caught Stompers defenders napping as he ran in under the posts. The impressive Debatista showed his potential when he pegged one back with another powerful burst through the centre, which left the Marauders defenders scattered in his wake, but that proved to be their last throw of the dice, as De Vink notched up his second after Sean Duffy used the advantage from a knock – on to set him loose down the right. With minutes remaining, Moore repeated his quick tap-penalty move to score his second from the 5 metre line after Stompers were penalised for a maul infringement. Referee Brian Corlett blew the final whistle to end an entertaining and high-scoring game 41—19 in Marauders favour.

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