Bruff 13 Ballinahinch 8, UBL Round 14.

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Mar 042012
John Shine try V Ballynahinch

Their third win on the trot means that Bruff have given themselves a better than fighting chance at survival in 1B this seasons UBL.
Ballynahinch came to Kilballyowen looking for a win to gain a possible top slot and right from the off they laid down a marker with a fantastic try coming from a ruck on the right hand side with Centres Morrow and Thompsons beautiful running lines pinning the Bruff defence in midfield and allowing the room on the left hand side for No. 8 John Graham to cross the whitewash. Full back for the day, James Lash failed to add the two pointer. 5-0 to the visitors.
After this however, the Bruff defence showed just what it was that garnered them the AIL lowest ever points against record a couple of seasons ago. With fantastic staunch defending they withstood all the northern side had to offer and began to launch their own attacks from both sides. Unlucky on a couple of occasions with some nice steals by the Bruff centres Garry Leonard and Andrew Cashman, coupled with fantastic work on the ground by the Bruff Pack, a Penalty for indiscretions at the ruck gave them their first points of the day, Out-half Brian Cahill converting the penalty on 30 minutes to kick-start the scoreboard.
With the Bruff pack coming into the ascendancy, wave after wave of assault was valiantly defended by the Ballynahinch squad but after a five minute period of injury time with a multitude of phases within five meters of the Hinch try line, Bruff Flanker John Shine drove under the side of a defensive ruck to touch down just on the white line, Cahill converting to send Bruff into the break with a 10-5 lead.

Ballynahinch had a short purple patch right after the halftime break, but again the Bruff defensive patterns were more than able to deal with the fantastically dangerous running lines produced seemingly with abandon by the Hinch backs. A fabulous chip ahead by winger Paul O’ Brien almost gave them their second try and on a couple of occasions the ball just wouldn’t go to hand when they had extra numbers out wide. When Brian Cahill slotted kick number three it appeared that finally a little daylight seemed to appear between the sides but literally four minutes later, the first successful penalty attempt by James Lash after Hinch spurned a couple to kick for the corner brought them back within five and ensured that right to the death Bruff had to be on their defensive best. A couple of minutes to go left the loud home crowd breathless when Hinch squandered numbers on the outside with a wayward final pass that went straight into touch.
This result confirms further that on any given Saturday any team in this division is capable of beating any other team and also that Bruff seemed to have turned a corner, have re-found their fighting spirit and having fought hard to get into division 1B, are not going down easily.

With Galwegians having a cracking bonus point win over UCD, Bruff are now tied with both on 27 league points fighting it out on the home straight with only four games to get above the dreaded second from bottom drop zone. Points difference has Bruff above Galwegians and with a tough away game against Belfast Harlequins up next followed by games against Dungannon, UCC and finally Buccaneers, it’ll be hard right to the finish.


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Feb 272012

Fixtures for this weekend are as follows:

Saturday March 3rd:

AIL Division 1B, Bruff v Ballynahinch, Kilballyowen Park, 2.30.

Monday March 5th:

Munster Senior Seconds League, Old Crescent v Bruff, Rosbrien, 7.30.


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Feb 132012

Fixtures for this weekend are as follows:

Friday February 17th:

AIL div 1B UL Bohemians v Bruff, Thomond Park, 7.30.

Saturday February 18th:

Webb Cup, Shannon v Bruff, Coonagh, 1.30

Sunday February 19th:

Munster Junior Cup, Bruff v Cashel, Kilballyowen Park, 2.30 (ET).

Ballymena 17 Bruff 8

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Feb 062012

With warnings about 6 degrees below in the twenty four hours before the game but a forecast which maintained that a big thaw would take place , we travelled in hope that the game would take place but with a sense of trepidation.

The game itself started with Bruff commencing very strongly taking charge of things up front and defending excellently it took all of fourteen minutes before Bruff opened their acocunts with a Brian Cahill Penalty, but despite dominating much of the exchanges during the first half, after a torrid start in the scrums, Turnovers of the ball in the ruck at crucial times and lack of penetration in attack meant that the score remained at 3-0 until the turnaround.

The second half kicked off with Bruff kicking off much as the first half finished but Ballymena were the first to get on the scoreboard with a penalty to level matters and then two line breaks, the first by the Ballymena Number three gave Ballymena a break up the centre to give the offload to Centre Luke Marshall to touch down, and convert the two pointer directly afterwards. A second missed tackle five minutes later gave lock Andrew Kerr the second try and again Marshall added the extras to give them a fourteen point lead.

This served to stiffen the Bruff defence but despite a couple of attempts including two Pushover scrums,  followed by the binning of the Ballymena tighthead for another before turning over the ball, Bruff could only manage a consolation try right at the death, Player-coach Cathal O’Regan, Cahill missing with the bonus point conversion from away on the right across the face of the stiff breeze.


The weekends result didn’t affect the bottom six positions in the league table but there has been some re-arranging of the top four fighting for promotion.