Despite the convincing score line, Trinity were made to work hard for this bonus point win. On 55 minutes Trinity were trailing 13-10 against the run of play, but trailing!On a picture perfect day in College park the Students were in running form, and dominated possession and position without actually getting the payback in points. Both backs and forwards combined in an all out attack on the Visitors line. After several phases Trinity’s outstanding scrum half Angus Lloyd picked out freshman wing Brian Mollen on his AIL debut, with a skip pass Brian gratefully ran in from close in.Trinity continued to attack, and took their opponents through countless phases of play, the Connacht based team were superbly organized on defence and kept rebuilding their defensive wall over and over again. Their professional out half Mark Ronaldson kicked a penalty but it was the students who were playing all the running rugby. Second row war horse Raef Tyrell finished off a 14 phase movement receiving a pass off his captain Paddy Lavelle.
10-6 up at half time, Trinity were feeling uneasy, especially after what had happened the week before when they let Buccaneers back into the game after leading 17-0. Their worst fears were realized in the second half when a speculative kick through from Corinthians was over kicked but Full back Conor Kearns who had a fabulous day in general play slipped and failed to field the ball, Corinthians followed up and could not believe their luck when the ball rolled free for them to pick up and score. 13-10 down after dominating the entire game was a bitter pill to swallow for the home team, but to their credit they attacked hard, and Jack McDermott kicked two well struck penalties, to regain the lead for the students.
Then as the visiting team visibly began to tire from the continued pressure, scrum Angus Lloyd scored a superb individual try when he broke clear sidestepped the cover defence and won the race to the corner flag. 23-13 up, Trinity were now in bonus point territory, they again attacked through the phases, this time the Corinthians attack were beginning to slow, and it was no surprise that big sub prop Andy Keating crashed over after some more superb continuity from the home team for the vital fourth try.
This was a hard earned win for Trinity, who now move up to fourth in the highly competitive AIL Division 1B. They have now gone five games undefeated (4 wins and a draw) after losing their first three games back in September.
Trinity now take a well deserved week off, they travel to Belfast on December 6th to play Belfast Harlequins in the last game of the first round of matches.
15 Conor Kearns, 14 Bryan Mollen, 13 Paddy Lavelle, 12 Seb Fromm (Michael Courtney 40), 11 Killian O’Leary, 10 Jack McDermott, 9 Angus Lloyd (James Sullivan 75), 1 George Walsh, 2 Richard Halpin, 3 Tom Collis (Andy Keating 55), 4 Jack Burke, Raef Tyrell, 6 Pierce Dargan, 7 Brian Du Toit, 8 Nick McCarthy (Tom Ryan 60)
Trinity U20s Premier had a convincing win at Barnhall 34-3, The U20s now have two home games to take them up to the holidays in College Park V Blackrock College and Clontarf.
Trinity U20s Pennant had a close run win 25-24 over Old Belvedere in College Park.
Trinity J4s beat Unidare 22-13 for a hard fought win in Santry.
Trinity J1s have two games this week, one tonight (Monday) V St Marys in Templeville road 7.30pm. They follow this up with a game on Friday night V Lansdowne 7.30pm on the back pitch of the Aviva Stadium.
Trinity J3s play tonight as well, with a game v Old Belvedere in Anglesea Road at 7.30pm.