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The U 17’s had a good win today V Kilfeacle on very cold morning in Tipp.The lads held of heavy pressure from a big Kilfeacle squad to run in trys from Johnny Mac , Jack Flavin & Jerry Flavin with 2 conversions & 1 penalty from the boot of Jack Ryan
All of us at Bruff RFC would like to take this chance to congratulate John Hayes, on his fabulous achievement in becoming the first ever Irish player to gain 100 international caps (once he sets foot on the green sward at Twickers).
Bruff team with John Hayes, click for a bigger version. (He's the one looking up the field, how many more can you name?)
It’s a long, long time since that fateful day when he played for the very first time as wing forward for Bruff against Newcastle West in a Nil-all draw, and how things have changed for both Bruff RFC and for John since.
Having gathered Two Heineken Cup medals, some triple crowns and a Six nations championship along the way, along with British & Irish Lions honours, we are very proud of the achievements of our most famous son. As John has matured as a rugby player in the intervening years, we also have matured as a club and in an attempt to emulate his brilliant achievements on the pitch we are proud of the fact that we are able to compete against the best at the highest levels in the All Ireland League. Who would ever have thought we would be four games away from a semi-final playoff in Division 2 and that one of our players would be the first to get to that magical 100 caps?
Thank you John for your many years of service to the game of Rugby, to your Club, your province and to your country, all accolades are very well deserved for Bruff RFC’s first true professional and we are very proud to have your very first International Jersey hanging in pride of place on the Clubhouse wall.
Good day out in Kilballyowen even if we managed to get Sunshine, rain, hail, sleat and snow, all within the duration of a single AIL game.
The pre-match was a bit different with the opportunity being taken to honour the Culligan Cup winning team of 1979, who brought the first Competitive cup to Bruff ten years after the founding of the club. This was the first of the events planned for the 40th year celebration of the founding of the club, keep an eye out for more of these as the year progresses.
Bruff came into this game with a game in hand and looking to keep in the hunt for playoff position. Corinthians looked reasonably safe but a few of their last results had gone against them.
Job well done is about the easiest way to describe the day. Despite the final pass not going to hand and allowing Corinthians to keep in touch at the break Bruff went in courtesy of a Stephen Foster Try duly converted by Philip Moloney who added another three pointer to give Bruff a ten point lead at half time. You felt somehow that they hadn’t got the value of all the possession that they had during the half the strong home crows seemed to be getting edgy.
The second half began as the first finished with Bruff making most of the attacking and having 80% of the possession to my calculations. The only reward that Bruff had for all of their possession was a three pointer from Captain Brian Cahill who had taken over kicking duties five minutes into the half.
Despite the occasional breakout from the young Corinthian side, Bruff never looked like losing this game but it wasn’t made safe until hooker Cathal O’ Regan touched down for try number two to give Bruff a clear twenty point lead with ten minutes left on the clock. At this stage the Galway side looked dead on their feet and Bruff went on a rampage, the last action of the game resulting in a John Shine try converted by Cahill which game some valuable score difference. With the league as tight as it is this may become important in the final roundup.
Scorers: Stephen foster (1T), Philip Moloney (1P, 1C), Cathal O’ Regan (1T), Brian Cahill (1P, 2C), John S. Shine (1T)