IT was Old Boys day at Boyd Oval, Medowie on Saturday and what better way to celebrate for the Medowie Marauders than a sizzling win over the Cooks Hill Brown Snakes 27 to 17.
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The Marauders had the antivenom on hand to render the Brown Snakes toothless in front of the well lubricated and vocal home crowd.
The match started with plenty of fireworks as the Marauders pack received the pill from the kick-off and Pete Fletcher, Sam Holbert, Dan Collins and Zion Takarua rock and rolled them up the middle.
It was looking good for the Medowie men, but the Brown Snakes bit back around the breakdown for an early penalty that saw them cross the chalk for the first 5-pointer.
Dazed but not confused the Marauders recalibrated and through some smart defensive sets were able to squeeze a penalty kick out of the Snakes to close the gap 5 to 3.
Energised the Marauders’ fly-half Jessey Bridge pinned the Brown Snakes in their 22 with his boot and when the Medowie men earned themselves a scrum the Cooks Hill pack were blown off the park.
Marauders winger Orisi Vosuqa applied the icing on the cake and dove over the line while the Cooks Hill forwards dusted themselves off to take the score to 8 to 5 in Medowie’s favour.
Not long after Medowie upped the ante off the back of some well structured phase play and Marauder hooker Dan Collins crashed through the Brown Snakes and over the line.
The kick was successful from Captain Eric Tolhurst and Medowie went up 15 to 5 as half-time approached.
Just before the ref could blow the pea out of it for the main break Marauder young gun Jordan Byfield knocked a few scales off the Snakes and crossed for a try to lead 20 to 5.
The Brown Snakes came out strong in the second term with consecutive tries to close the gap 20 to 17.
Shell shocked the Medowie men rallied the troops and when powerhouse prop Zion Takarua steamrolled several Brown Snakes off a scrum move it was all over 27 to 17.
Player-Coach Tim Lancaster gave complete praise to both teams on a real royal rumble of a match.
“Today was a great demonstration of what we can achieve when our structures and game plan all clicks at once,” said Lancaster.
“Cooks Hill were again a very tough opponent to face and full credit to them they played a great match.”
Best on ground was Medowie flanker Jordan Byfield and fly-half Jessey Bridge.
By Mitch LEES