Trinity 21pts – Buccaneers 17pts; February 17th 2018
Trinity climbed out of the bottom two with a determined 21-17 come-back victory over Buccaneers on a beautiful early spring day in College Park on Saturday.
Buccaneers burst out of the traps at the city centre venue with two early tries. An interception and a bout of sustained forward pressure yielded scores for lock Cian Romaine and Connacht-capped scrum half Conor McKeon, who added both conversions for a 14-0 lead.
Buccs looked to have the correct game plan early on, as they kicked deep into Trinity territory, and chased hard with impressive line speed. Trinity kept ball for long periods but struggled to get out of their half. Trinity had most of the possession in the first half whereas Buccs had most of the territory.
Trinity continued their belief in their attacking game and started their comeback when first wing Seb Fromm broke the line, and then American recruit Alex McDonald burst clear after multiple phases, showing impressive pace for a second row to run in a try from close to halfway. Out half Jack McDermott converted and swapped penalties with McKeon.
Trinity dominated the latter stages of the first half and it was no surprise when from a line out close in, the home pack struck for a try from a maul with flanker Sam Pim the scorer.
The missed conversion kept Buccs in front at 17-15, and two points remained the margin as a stalemate ensued in the second period.
With the result being of huge significant to both sides, there were some bone-crunching tackles and absorbing passages of play as both defences were thoroughly tested.
Trinity managed to turn the screw when Whittle planted his first penalty through the posts, and a second one just five minutes later meant Buccs were suddenly four points in arrears.
Several times Trinity looked to have the game in control, but they continued to turn ball over to the Athlone outfit deep in their own half. Buccs to their credit attacked hard in the closing minutes, but Trinity hung on, their resolute defence summed up by the tackling of the entire team. A huge improvement for the past two games.
Trinity team: Jack Kelly; Evan Dixon, Michael Courtney (capt), Kyle Dixon, Seb Fromm; Jack McDermott, Angus Lloyd; James Bollard, Paddy Finlay, Martin Kelly, Jack Burke, Alex McDonald, Sam Pim, David St. Leger, Tom Ryan.
Replacements: Joe Horan, Joe Byrne, Max Kearney, Rowan Osborne, Tommy Whittle.
Trinity U20s Premier XV won in the last minute Vs much improved St Marys XV. James Moriarty kicked a last minute 35M penalty to help his team to an important win in wet conditions in Templeville road.
Trinity Senior 3rds beat Guinness 39-0 in their best display of the season.
A much improved Trinity Ladies XV had an impressive performance V top of the league Balbriggan losing 21-0.