Irish Rugby | Five Clontarf tries overcome delicate UCC challenge


UCC 17 CLONTARF 36, the Mardyke
Scorers: UCC: Tryouts: Penalty try, John Willis; Cons: pen scam, Rob Hedderman; Pen: Rob Hedderman
Clontarf: Essays: Cormac Daly, Cian O’Donoghue 2, Cathal O’Flynn, Tadhg Bird; Cons: Conor Kearns 4; Pen: Conor Kearns
HT: UCC 10 Clontarf 17

The potency of the Clontarf pack was again an essential ingredient and the UCC must have regretted its failure to take advantage of the ‘Tarf lockdown’. Cormac Daly sin-binning on the hour mark.

The visitors’ well-organized defense took them out of difficult positions, and they were able to revive with tries of Cathal O’Flynn and Cian O’Donoghue fix the problem.

Even if the replacement John willis responded with the second try of the UCC match, ‘Tarf made sure he had the last laugh with a great effort in the 77th minute of Tadhg Bird, one of their own bench men.

Andy wood’s the charges were the quickest to settle, with Daly dropping from a ruck in the third minute after the North Dubliners roster maul caused the first damage.

Conor Kearns, who had hit a touchfinder end in the build, added the left conversion. The UCC reacted well, increasing the pressure on penalties and successive alignments.

However, Cian whooley overcooked his attempted chip shot towards the test line. A nice pass from Daly then maintained a movement from Clontarf, back to the center line.

Angus lloyd cleverly kicked it for touch and a crooked UCC throw allowed ‘Tarf to move away into the 22, until Ivan Soroka hit and Louis bruce led an escape for students from Cork.

A significant turnover of Georges coomber broke off a menacing Tarf attack, but the same penalty line-up formula paved the way for the visitors’ second try, midway through the first half.

The forward drive was well defended by the UCC, but defenders were gradually sucked in and Lloyd returned to the short side. Michael courtney a skillful pass sent O’Donoghue rushing 15 yards.

Kearns converted from the left again, making it 14-0, and a forward pass foiled a Courtney-led breakout on the left wing as Wood’s men sought to put more distance between them. two teams.

Nice hands freed UCC 22 winger Bruce and he looked destined for a try until Courtney’s superb tackle managed to dislodge the ball and give ‘Tarf a scrum of relief.

As that of Neil Lucey the youngsters built another attack from a roster, center French darragh had a try ruled out for a forward pass in front of the captain Rob Hedderman Deflected them with a central penalty.

UCC continued to make inroads, Marc Bissessar earn a penalty for failure. The home pack, which included the Munster Academy hooker Scott Buckley, duly forced a penalty try following a collapsed maul.

A Jack Kelleher the line-up flight further boosted the morale of the UCC, only to at Max Kearney turnover penalty for scoring three more points from Kearns’ boot. Hedderman missed a late opportunity on the other end.

Trailing 17-10 on the turn but with the wind now behind them, UCC won an opening kick-tennis match with the French finding space for a 50:22.

Further pressure through the mauls followed, but Daly won a penalty near the ‘Tarf line to keep the UCC out. A well-hit kick at 50:22 from Daniel Ecuyers assured that the hosts remained on the front of the stage.

Number 8 Jack O’Sullivan also weighed in with a turnover penalty, but although Daly saw yellow for breaking a maul, the UCC failed to score any points on the board.

Paul Deeny led a big ‘Tarf breakthrough, again carrying a few phases later. A penalty brought ‘Tarf back to UCC 22 and hooker O’Flynn broke a maul to touch the ground, with Soroka behind him.

Kearns’ failed conversion left him 22-10 and with a quarter of an hour remaining, a fluid backline movement saw the freshly introduced Bird glide into space and free O’Donoghue to win the bonus point.

The extras were added neatly by Kearns, before UCC’s persistence paid off. Sustained pressure ended with Willis digging for Hedderman to convert.

‘Tarf saved the best for last, their maul marching in the 22 before Michael brown skillfully avoided a tackle and unloaded through the back door to Daniel hawkshaw to send Bird diving into the right corner.

There was still time for the UCC to seek a consolation score right at the time of death. They had the position on the pitch but a few turnovers knocked them down, one of them to a maul as Daly struggled against the ball.

UCC: Rob Hedderman (captain); Louis Bruce, Darragh French, Daniel Squires, George Coomber; Cian Whooley, Louis Kahn; Alessandro Heaney, Scott Buckley, Corey Hanlon, Sam O’Sullivan, Mark Bissessar, Aidan Brien, Jack Kelleher, Jack O’Sullivan.

Substitutes: Daniel O’Connor, Tom Ormond, John Willis, Patrick McBarron, Luke Kerr, Timothy Duggan.

CLONTARF: Jack Power; Michael Brown, Michael Courtney, Daniel Hawkshaw, Cian O’Donoghue; Conor Kearns, Angus Lloyd; Ivan Soroka, Cathal O’Flynn, Ben Griffin, Cormac Daly, Ed Kelly, Paul Deeny, Vincent Gavin, Max Kearney.

Substitutes: Barry Gray, Darragh Bolger, John Carroll, Zach Ryan, Tadhg Bird, James Horgan.

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