Trinity 26pts – Malone 17pts – 4th October
Rugby came back to College Park after 18 months away. It was good to be back for the Student team who ran out in front of the largest crowd in recent times at their home ground.
Trinity played good solid rugby without actually breaking open the game. They took their opponents through several phases and Out half Jack McDermott gave them an early lead with a penalty from close in.
Malone came back hard though, and after a harsh yellow card to Trinity wing Tim Maupin for what looked like an innocent tackle they got over the Trinity line after several attacks on the students line. Trinity came back to kick another penalty. Both teams attacked without bothering the scoreboard. 7-6 to Malone at half time.
In the second half Trinity came out hard with the breeze on their backs. After heavy pressure on the Visitors line Brian Du Toit capped a great game by scoring by the posts after prop Tom Collis had carried well. McDermott kicked the extra points. Trinity followed this with another penalty by McDermott, . Out half McDermott then opened up the game when he took a nice line off an offload from hooker Jack Boland. McDermott went 50 metres for a great try much to the delight of the huge home support. This was negated by Malone scoring with a try of their own 23-14, they then added a penalty 23-17.
Jack McDermott held his nerve late on to kick a vital penalty to put Trinity outside the bonus point for Malone. Malone attacked hard in the dying minutes but Trinity defended expertly to hold them out.
This was an important game for Trinity who won their first league game in four attempts, hopefully this will set them up now for the rest of the season. They take a three week break now from league play.
Trinity team; 15 Jack Fitzpatrick (Ian Kinsley 75), 14 Tim Maupin, 13 Conor Kearns, 12 Seb Fromm, 11 Killian O’Leary, 10 Jack McDermott, 9 Angus Lloyd (Dan Joyce 75), 1 George Walsh, 2 Paddy Finlay (Jack Boland 30), 3 Andy Keating (Tom Collis 40), 4 Jack Burke, 5 Raef Tyrell, 6 Pierce Dargan, 7 Brian Du Toit, 8 Nick McCarthy (Tom Ryan 60),
Trinity J1 lost their semi final Leinster Senior 2nds Cup 19-16 in Terenure. In an extremely close tie, the Home side just won out.
Trinity U20s opened their JP Fanagan Premier league campaign with a 18-10 win in Clontarf. In a game which they seemed to be cruising 15-0 at half time into the wind, they copped three quite bad injuries and lost their rhythm, Clontarf to their credit came back hard to make the game interesting.
Trinity Senior 4ths lost 39-36, picking up two bonus points for losing within in seven and scoring four tries.