ADAM or Hamish McCormack would have been short-priced favourites for man-of-the-match honours at Oxley Oval on Saturday.
As it turned out, Adam was judged best on ground as the Vikings continued their undefeated season with a comprehensive 50-12 drubbing of Southern Cross University.
In the club's annual Dave McCormack Memorial Day, the former captain led the way as his side put one foot in the major semi-final despite still having half a season to play.
Coach Andrew Kable said it came as little surprise a McCormack was a standout.
"It's a big day for those boys," he said.
"We don't get bad games out of Adam and Hamish; they're always thereabouts in the top five performers each day and Adam was excellent."
The Vikings started the match slowly and were dominated in the lineout and the scrum in the first half before they adjusted accordingly for the second 40 minutes.
"I wouldn't say we did it easily," Kable said.
"We were outplayed at the set piece in the lineout and scrum in the first half."
Their cause wasn't helped with the late withdrawal of David Tunstead which saw Tuitola Tauaika come into the side.
"Tui was going to have a rest which mucked us around a little, (but) once the boys adjusted to things they were able to match it with the Marlins in the second half," Kable said.
In a scary sign for the rest of the Upper Mid North Coast Rugby Union competition, the Vikings coach still said his team had plenty of room for improvement.
That's even after scoring 50 points in successive weeks.
"We're still yet to put together a full 80 minutes so no one wants to peak too early, but we really need to focus on trying to maintain our plan throughout the game," Kable said.
"We just try and keep the guys focused on the field and not go away from the way we want to play our football.
"Sometimes you can do that when you are scoring points, but they had to work for all their tries and from a supporters point of view they were really good tries to watch."
Kye Alpen was impressive in a new role at inside centre while Dan Willoughby was also strong at fullback as Hastings Valley kept their formula of playing with a different backline each week in tact.
"We haven't fielded the same backline all year and the combination we put together yesterday we were really happy with," Kable said.
The Vikings, however, were still wary of Coffs Harbour who appear the most likely team standing between them and grand final glory.
"I don't think Snappers have been full-strength all season and they're starting to get their players back and they're the reigning premiers," Kable said.
"We've always got to be on our toes."
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