Garryowen 52pts – Trinity 20pts; February 10th 2018
Trinity 1st XV experienced one of their most difficult weeks in recent times, when they travelled to Munster to play the top two clubs (Garryowen and Cork Con) in the province. The Students shipped two heavy losses.
Saturday’s game v Garryowen, despite the score-line, was a vast improvement from the impotent performance in Cork.
Trinity started well when, from the kick off, they went 19 phases to earn a penalty that out half Jack McDermott kicked. Garryowen however came straight back and took the Students through a few phases of their own before crashing over near the posts to take the lead they would never relinquish.
The Home team battered the visiting defence to score again 14-3. Trinity came back well to possibly the try of the season when after 9 quick tempo phases, right wing Evan Dixon was put away in the corner for a well worked team try.
Garryowen came back and scored twice more before half time, after a handling error by Trinity deep in their own half and then a set piece move got outside the Trinity backs. Trinity were finding that if they could keep the ball they could also score and Leinster Academy Jack Kelly scorched in out wide for a well taken try. Garryowen led 28-15 at half time.
Trinity continued to attack with the breeze behind their back but Garryowen scored through their scrum half who dummied through on a ‘show and go’. Trinity came back to score their third try when hooker Patrick Finlay was rewarded for a great individual performance to score from in close.
It was crucial Trinity scored again to get a much needed bonus point. They worked hard, had extended periods in the Garryowen 22 but a lack of composure near the line stopped them from coming away with another score, – dropping the ball on a clear overlap in the corner.
Garryowen closed out the scoring with two tries for a big win to gain the double over Trinity and revenge for having been beaten twice last season. It was Trinity’s first loss in Limerick for four seasons.
Trinity now face Buccaneers in a hugely important game in College Park next weekend. Trinity are currently in 9th place Buccaneers in 10th.
Trinity team; 15 Jack Kelly, 14 Billy O’Hora, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Kyle Dixon, 11 Evan Dixon, 10 Jack McDermott, 9 Angus Lloyd, 1 James Bollard, 2 Patrick Finlay, 3 Joe Byrne, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Alex MacDonald, 6 Sam Pim, 7 Max Kearney, 8 Tom Ryan
Subs Joe Horan, Martin Kelly, Dave St Leger, Dan Joyce, Tommy Whittle.
In other Club games:
Trinity U20s Premier XV lost a top of table clash with Lansdowne 25-18 in a game which they probably should have won on the run of play. A couple of massive game changing refereeing decisions went against them, but they still could have won.
A weakened Trinity U20s Pennant XV lost to Suttonians.
Trinity Senior 3rds lost to St Mary’s in Santry, to a last minute penalty 17-14.
The Trinity Women’s Team lost 15-7 in a tight game in Navan