Trinity travelled the short distance to Lansdowne Road to play the top club side in the country. In a game where they were massive underdogs, they started poorly and let the home team score three tries to a penalty from out half Jack McDermott.
Trinity did not let in any more scores from the 22nd minute to the 62nd minute when they let in three more tries – two of which were soft turnovers in their own 22 when chasing the game. The score line is certainly not reflective of the game but the home team was way ahead on the day. They will be a hard team to stop going forward.
In the middle part of the game, Trinity had parity but Lansdowne just punished the students for any mistakes they might make. It was a lesson the Trinity team must learn from. In two weeks they play Garryowen in College park in what will be a hugely significant game.
Trinity U20s Premier gave a great performance on Sunday in Lakelands v. Terenure College RFC, winning 39-8. Trinity played into a very strong wind in the first half but played error free rugby against a team who are 4th in the league and a team that Trinity only beat with a last minute try in College Park in November. They have a week off before they play top of the league Lansdowne in College Park. The last time the teams met, Lansdowne won an epic match 37-35, so make sure you have it in your diary – this game should decide who wins the JP Fanagan league!
Trinity Senior 2nds lost their first game of the season away to Clontarf 29-20. This was disappointing performance for the visitors as a win would have sewn up the league for Trinity.
Trinity U20s Pennant XV lost in the last minute to UCD in Belfield 22-20, in a very entertaining game between two well organized teams. This was the Pennant XV’s only second loss of the season. They will now look forward to the Purcell Cup next month.
The Trinity Ladies XV won their Leinster Development league semi final game in Portlaoise 27-18 in a magnificent achievement against all the odds! They now play Wanderers Ladies in the Final on March 4th. A win would put them in Leinster Division 3.
Trinity Senior 3rds drew in the Guinness Sports grounds 15-15 scoring 3 tries to 2 in a game they felt they should have won.