On what threatened to be another wet affair, the Newcastle Vikings travelled to Morgan Rugby Club, the home of the Hurricanes for what was tipped to be a tough fought affair.
With the Hurricanes winning the toss and electing to receive the ball, the ‘canes offence were the first to take to the field. The Hurricanes were forced to punt on their first drive in what was going to be a defensive affair for both squads.
Just before the 2 minute warning the Vikings offence managed to put together the game’s first scoring drive. On what ended up being a 50 yard run by the Viking’s QB down the side line they found the endzone to take a 6 – 0 lead. The Vikings attempted to add the extra point, but the defensive line managed to get big and block the conversion. The Hurricanes with just under 2 minutes left in the half, saw this out and the both teams went into the half in relatively high spirits from what had been a fantastic defensive game.
The Hurricanes coming into the second half, knowing that a quick score may change the mind-set pulled off a well-executed onside kick, setting the offence up in the middle of the field.
The Hurricanes offence came out raring to go and level the game and started to move the ball, but stalled just before hitting the Vikings redzone.
Again, the second half was proving to be another defensive shut-out for both teams, until halfway through the 4th when the Viking’s managed to find the endzone again on a quick pass for 20 yards. Then PAT was converted making the score line 13 – 0.
The score line stayed like this for the rest of the quarter with the Vikings running out victorious.
Hurricanes HC Ross Macpherson said of the game ‘Our defence was outstanding today, making the Vikings work extremely hard for the scores. The offence came in with determination and managed to get the ball moving on a number of occasions, but just a few things didn’t work out otherwise it would have been a very different score.’
He continued ‘I’m proud of every single player on that field today, coming from where we have been the last few years, these last few games its started to feel more like the true Hurricanes mentality and get back to where we were. I am looking forward to this continuing and truly getting back on track’
Next week the Hurricanes travel to Glasgow to face the Glasgow Tigers at Lochinch Country Park.