With the Senior 1st XV off for the weekend, it was time to focus the rest of the club. First up was the U20s who took the short trip to Terenure College RFC to play in the Inter-Varsities ‘Conroy Cup’. Trinity had won the past three ‘Conroy Cups’.
There was a bit of an anti climax, when UCD withdrew from the Conroy Cup and the Junior competition the ‘Maughan Scally’ Trophy citing health and safety due to the adverse weather conditions leading into the tournament that morning.
With Queens struggling to field a team, that left three teams in the U20s bracket. So NUIM Maynooth containing mainly Barnhall RFC players and UCC played in the 40 minute semi final game, with Trinity getting the bye. NUIM beat UCC 15-10 in a cracking tight contest.
Trinity then faced NUIM on the all weather pitch in Lakelands. This coincided with a turn in the weather. Trinity took full advantage and put on a show of breathtaking Rugby with a blend of high tempo and physical play, scoring four tries into the wind in the first half, and four more in the second half to win 46-0.
Trinity Senior 3rds/4ths lost a close semi final v Coleraine, and then beat UCC 18-0 in the 3rd place play off.
On Sunday Trinity Senior 2nds had an impressive win away to Clontarf 40-19. This was the 2nds first win in this year’s campaign after returning to the top Metro 1 league this season. It was good to see the brand of Rugby the twos played on the day. Many players put their hand up for 1st XV selection to play Buccaneers next Saturday.
Trinity Ladies lost to Wanderers in Merrion Road 40-14, This has been a steep learning curve for Trinity Ladies in their first season in Division 3 of the Leinster Senior Ladies league. But they are gaining much needed experience as they build a new team.