Belfast Harlequins 13pts-Trinity 27pts

Trinity travelled to Deramore Park Belfast on Saturday to play Belfast Harlequins. The conditions were wet and cold and the students were made to work for their win by the plucky and aggressive home team.

The first half was pretty even. Trinity showed some nice touches but lost the ball when opportunities presented themselves. On his first senior start, Michael Courtney opened the scoring with a surprise drop goal, when he picked up a loose ball. With nothing on he slotted the 3 points! Harlequins came back to take the lead when after two errors by Trinity their outside centre sliced through off a scrum and out flanked the Trinity cover for a well taken try.

This is how the game stayed until right on half time. Full back Conor Kearns ran a late run to the blindside of a ruck and scrum half Angus Lloyd found him with a great pass to score in the corner. Out half Jack McDermott nailed the conversion from the side line on the wrong side for a right footed kicker!

In the second half Trinity began to assert control and out half Jack McDermott sliced through a gap to score by the posts, after supporting a nice break by Brian Du Toit. Trinity then scored the try of the game, when Du Toit broke from a line out, the ball was moved the width of the field before Michael Courtney got through out wide before passing inside to Conor Kearns who was in support for his second try of the afternoon.

Out half Jack McDermott then followed up a nice break and off load by back rower Nick McCarthy to score the much needed bonus point try.

This was a good performance by the students in the Belfast drizzle. They now have a week off before they face runaway league leaders Galwegians in College Park on December 20th at 2pm.

Team: 15 Conor Kearns, 14 Tim Maupin, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Ruadhan Magee, 11 Killian O’Leary, 10 Jack McDermott,9 Angus Lloyd (Brian Slater 65), 1 George Walsh, Richard Halpin,3 Tom Collis (Andy Keating 60),4 Raef Tyrell (Tom Ryan 40),5 Jack Burke,6 Pierce Dargan,7 Brian Du Toit, 8 Nick McCarthy.

TRINITY U20s beat Clontarf U20s 45-31, in Super XV type game; they scored some sensational tries in the College Park sunshine. They now go into the Christmas break in second place behind Terenure College – no mean feat when you consider that the team is virtually all freshmen with everyone, except one player, back next season!

Trinity J3s (senior thirds) lost to Wanderers 50-7, they were behind only 12-7, but then the wheels fell off.

Trinity J4s (senior 4ths) beat Old Wesley 22-20 in a great game.

Trinity 2nds had a walkover when Clontarf pulled out with an injury crisis.

Trinity U20s Pennant had a bye.

Trinity 2nds had a walkover when Clontarf pulled out with an injury crisis.

Trinity U20s Pennant had a bye.


NEXT AIL – DECEMBER 20th v Galwegians in College Park, Not to be missed!

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