Marist 49 Malton 26
Defence wins matches
Report by Ian Cooke
Malton 2ndXV travelled to Marist RUFC for a fixture for the second time in 6 weeks. During that time period Malton have played at home once.
The game kicked off, Malton dropped the ball and from the set scrum Marist scored following a break by their lively 10. During this passage of play, Ross Harrison was injured and Josh Wainwright entered play to use the only substitute Malton had.
Over the next five minutes, Marist scored two further tries as Malton attempted to loose possession when they had it and be passive in defence and make a limited amount of tackles, with the exception of Angus Bulmer who appeared to be a one man wrecking ball. Following the third try harsh words were spoken by James Machin.
These words appeared to have an impact, strong running by Nick Bastow gave a platform for the forwards to come into the game. They developed a pick and drive game that Marist could not legally live with this tactic and started to give penalties away. Malton kicked to the corner, caught the lineout and drove towards the try line, the try seemed certain until a Marist player infringed, Malton chose to catch and drive again and on this occasion when Marist stopped the maul illegally the referee gave a penalty try. For the rest of the half the Malton pack took the game to Marist, they may have been significantly smaller and lighter but the dominated the scrums, line outs and open play. The half appeared to last a long time as the impressive referee had to explain each and every law to the Marist captain. Malton scored a try through driving play accredited to Charlie Read who was the last man up from the pile of bodies. Malton should have scored on a few more occasions but the half time team talk was positive, more of the last 25 minutes.
The second half began like the first, Malton struggling to retain possession and being passive in defence. After 8 minutes of unstructured play, which suited Marist, they scored, unfortunately their second row in his excitement stamped on George Barker and was sent off.
Malton had to keep the game tight , using the driving play of the fowards that had got them back into the game but chose to pass the ball down the back line and either lose possession or go backwards before the tackle was made. Nick Salisbury took exception to a tackle and chose to push the Marist player in the face and was sin-binned. During the period, Marist scored numerous tries, all of which could easily have been avoided, by making one on one tackle, by diving in the ball or by the back line talking in defence.
To their credit, Malton regrouped for the secobd time in the match. Back up to 15 players, Malton stole a scrum, good work by Nicky Embleton allowed Josh Wetherill to show his pace as he scored in the corner from half way, shortly afterwards Malton scored in the same corner through a driving line out, Malton's man of the match, John Vasconcelos scored.
There was still time for Marist to score and bring the game to a conclusion, 49 26, in a game Malton should have won. The 2ndXV worked hard to get themselves back in to the match following a torrid start but on too many occasions allowed the few Marist good players all the time in the world to choose what to do, often scored almost unopposed. These mistakes can be rectified by getting to training. Special mention should go to Jon Richards who had been suffering from man flu all week played his first 80 minute match for many a year, he never stopped walking throughout the game.