Trinity 3pts Cork Con 28pts
After two wins on the road in Limerick and Athlone, Trinity turned in a disappointing performance in College Park on Saturday on a lovely, sunny Autumn’s day.
All Ireland Club Champions Cork Constitution came out of the gate flying and put the students to the sword and effectively had the game wrapped up in the first 25 minutes when they were 21-0 up. Trinity always looked dangerous but was far too wasteful with the ball to be a real threat.
In the second half, with the elements in their favour, Trinity had many opportunities but just when they looked to have the visitors on the rack they spilled ball or gave it away.
Replacement out half Christian Byrne did kick a penalty, but the home team should have got more for their endeavours. Cork Con was very clinical on attack and defence and will be happy with the ease with which they won this league encounter.
The last play of the game summed up the Students’ frustration, Trinity missed a kick to touch off a penalty only for Con to run it back to score and get the bonus point, their only visit to the Trinity 22m area in the entire second half.
This young Trinity outfit will have to have a good look at themselves, as this game should have been closer. With the majority of the team playing their first Senior Rugby this season, they have to take the learnings from this harsh beating.
They will have to learn quickly as they play St Mary’s in Templeville Road on Friday night.
15 Micheal Silvester, 14 Hugh Connors, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Seb Fromm, 11 Billy O’Hora, 10 James Fennelly, 9 Angus Lloyd, 1 James Bollard, 2 Patrick Finlay, 3 Joe Byrne, 4 Jack Burke, Jack Dunne, 6 Sam Pim, 7 Richard Dunne, 8 Dave St Leger.
Subs all used; Christian Byrne, Rowan Osborne, Dan Sheehan, Darragh Higgins, Niall O’Riordan;
Trinity U20s Premier XV played Clontarf in Castle Avenue on Sunday. The U20s played some impressive rugby beat their Northside rivals 47-13, with Clontarf’s only try coming from an interception. The U20s are in 2nd place and play league leaders Lansdowne in College Park next Sunday on ‘Parents’ Day’.
Trinity U20s Pennant XV were well beaten by Barnhall in Parsonsville.
Trinity 3rds lost 24-18 to Coolmine.
Trinity’s Women showed great improvement but lost an exciting match 34-29 to Navan in Santry, with the away side’s heartbreaking winning try coming in the last play of the game.