While the All Blacks were suffering a narrow defeat against Skegness’s first team, Gainsborough Maoris were on the receiving end of a hefty hiding at the hands of the seaside town’s second string.
Suffering a second successive defeat in the Lincolnshire Merit League, the Maoris crashed 36-3, although they did keep battling to the end, true to their traditions, despite the unfavourable scoreline.
In the early stages, the Maoris prevented Skegness 2 gaining momentum, producing some sturdy defending and good tackles. However, the complexion of the match changed when the visitors won a penalty and chose to kick for some points. They duly succeeded and so drew first blood.
Not long afterwards, Skegness scored a try by breaching the Gainsborough outfit’s backline, and after a conversion, they were well on top.
Maoris, whose side included the familiar face of Howard Russell recalled to the fray for the first time in many years, tried hard to fight back. Tom Parkinson also made a return to second-team action, while Mark Turtle supplied an inspirational man-of-the-match performance.
However, their woes were summed up by the fact that despite earning four penalties in the game, they only managed to successfully kick one -- and they proved to be their sole points of the entire 80 minutes.
Skegness went on to add another try, and the following conversion was slotted through the posts to build a healthy 17-3 lead by half-time.
The Maoris did show more intensity in the second period as vice-captain Sean Parker made his presence felt. But their defiance evaporated in the last 15 minutes when the visitors ran in three more tries, two of which were converted. It all meant that the final outcome was little better than the 42-5 thumping they suffered at Boston 2 the previous week.
Next up for the Gainsborough side are Cleethorpes 2, away from home this coming Saturday. That is followed by a home fixture against Bourne on Saturday, October 24.