Giant killing SCU raids the Vikings
IT WAS a pressure kick that would see even the most experienced of players crack.
But for teenaged Cooper Taekata he made it look easy.
The SCU Marlins were trailing Hastings Valley 17-15 with the referees final whistle imminent when the Marlins were awarded a penalty near the sideline.
Taekata stepped up and successfully kicked the goal to hand the Marlins a victory that pushed them inside MNC Rugby's top four.
The SCU team were off to a great start leading 10-0 after Josh Rayner scored a try but the Vikings scored a try on half time to half the lead.
Late in the match the Marlins led 15-10 but Hastings Valley scored a converted try with only four minutes left to snatch the lead.
Refusing to throw in the towel, The Marlins moved the ball forward and earned the decisive penalty.
This is the second year in a row the Marlins have won a nailbiter at home against the Vikings.
It was a win SCU coach Dwayne Vignes said was full of merit.
"We probably deserved to win the game,” he said.
"We were certainly the better team on the day.”
The Marlins played a catch-up game last night against Grafton after this edition was printed.
The Coffs Snappers extended their lead at the top of the table, grabbing a bonus point early on the way to a 73-3 win over Wauchope.
SCU Marlins def Hastings Valley 18-17
Coffs Snappers def Wauchope 73-3
Grafton def Port Pirates 24-13