Trinity started this AIL encounter in Belfield Bowl in great form dominating the opening minutes, playing some of their best rugby. They scored a superb team try with captain Michael Courtney finishing off the movement after a kick through by out half James Fennelly.
Off the restart Trinity undid all their good work by handing UCD an interception. UCD then dominated the rest of the half with the wind at their backs to lead 22-5 at half time by scoring two unanswered tries.
Trinity came back into the game in the second half. James Fennelly kicked a penalty to go 22-8, Trinity went close to closing the game to one score, but were constantly guilty of forcing the play and turning the ball over to their eager rivals.
On a rare sortie into the Trinity 22, UCD scored an easy try from close in, they followed this with another try on full time, when they intercepted again when it looked possible that Trinity would score down the other end.
This was a tough loss for the new look Trinity XV. They are developing slowly but at times they are their own worst enemy.
Next week they host Lansdowne in College Park.
15 Michael Silvester, 14 Jack Fitzpatrick, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Kyle Dixon, 11 Billy O’Hora, 10 James Fennelly, 9 Angus Lloyd, 1 James Bollard, 2 Joe Horan, 3 Darragh Higgins, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Vittorio Mantegazza, 6 Sam Pim, 7 Toby Boyd, Dave St Ledger.
Subs; 16 Dan Sheehan, 17 Joe Byrne, 18 Jack Dunne, 20 Rowan Osborne, Evan Dixon
Trinity U20s had their first competitive game of the season with an emphatic win over Blackrock College RFC 49-5 in sunny College Park. The Freshers laden team played a nice brand of direct and running rugby to win out comfortably in the end.
They now travel to Athlone to play their final round of qualifiers V Buccaneers next week in Dubarry Park.
Trinity Senior 2nds back in Metro 1, lost narrowly in their first league game of the season to UCD 31-24, taking a bonus point in a game which was hotly contested.
Trinity Women had their first outing against Greystones following promotion to Division 3. Playing at home, the game was evenly balanced at half time but the visitors proved too strong and ran out 22-10 winners. This was an encouraging start given the team has not had much pre season work.