TRINITY 35PTS GALWEGIANS 5PTS – DECEMBER 20TH
Trinity entertained runaway league leaders Galwegians, and turned in one of their best performances in many a year, running in six tries to one, in emphatic victory in front of a large homecoming crowd for Christmas.
Trinity started the game at great pace. and seemed to break the visitors defence at will. Off a loose kick, the students countered from deep and a cross kick from Full back Connor Kearns was caught by Micheal Courtney, who fed debutant wing Rob Vallejo who passed to Seb Fromm who scored in the corner. Trinity continued to serve up quality rugby at pace. The forward then decided to flex their muscles and off a line out drove the Galway pack over their line with the outstanding Nick McCarthy coming up with the score.
Galwegians did come back and score off a similar ploy to go into half time 10-5 down.
In the second half with the wind Trinity piled on the pressure with wave after wave of attack, and it seemed inevitable that they would increase their lead, Jack McDermott kicked a penalty, and then followed this up by taking a short ball off his scrum half Angus Lloyd to score by the posts.
The students were now absolutely on fire – playing superb running rugby! after several phases on the Connacht teams line, man of the match second row Jack Burke trailed his scrum half and ran a lovely late line to burst through the already set defence.
Trinity finished the scoring with full back Conor Kearns finished another sweeping handling movement to score in the corner..
This was a memorable win for the students against quality opposition, they now go into Christmas in fourth place but only two points behind third, and four points behind second place. They move into the year with great optimism on a seven game unbeaten run, next game up is away to always tough UL Bohemians on 3rd January.
15 Conor Kearns, 14 Bryan Mollen (Ruadhan Magee 60), 13 Micheal Courtney, 12 Seb Fromm,11 Rob Vallejo 10 Jack McDermott,9 Angus Lloyd(Brian Slater), 1 George Walsh, 2 Richard Halpin, 3 Tom Collis (Andy Keating 60), 4 Raef Tyrell (Conor Glesson 70) 5 Jack Burke, 6 Nick McCarthy, 7 Brian Du Toit ( Paddy Finlay 48), 8 Tom Ryan.