With just 4 games left the league has broken into 2 groups, thankfully we are in the top group this season,this Saturday we travel to play league leaders Ballina who lead the league by 10 pts and look like they are odds on to win the league, so we will need a massive performance to get anything out of this game, we are still plagued by lots of injuries but this gives opportunities for others to put their hands up. The lads have done superbly this season so far and will keep trying to be involved right to the end.
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We travelled to Seapoint on Saturday last to take the home side in rd 14 of the ail, we we’re forced into a late change when Brian Bulfin cried off and we added Kevin Treacy to the bench. Conditions were testing with a near gale blowing across the pitch slightly in our favor. Seapoint who were enjoying some good results of late made a good start and enjoyed the greater possession. With 10 mins in we managed to get some territory and were rewarded with a pen which Davy slotted over to go 3-0 up Seapoint who are fighting for survival got themselves back into the game with a 7 pointer after we lost Johnny for 10. The elements were playing havoc with the handling but we got ourselves back in to their 22, and after being rewarded with a penalty, a quick tap and go led to a knock on, and an opportunity missed. Seapoint then on the stroke of h/t scored in the corner to take a 12-3 lead. The wind brought the rain and it became very difficult to play any decent rugby but both sides really gave their all, Davy landed a fantastic 3 pointer and we semmed to be getting back into the game. But we were then rocked when Seapoint went over for a 5 pointer to make it 17-6. As I have mentioned in previous reports the one and not only attribute this team has is loads of character and they showed it once again in hen they got themselves back in the Seapoint half and after numerous carry’s Taylor Jones found a gap and powered over, Davy added the extras and it was back to 17-13. With over 20 mins left patience was key and the lads continued to take the game to Seapoint and were rewarded when Neilus’s Keogh scored close to the posts for us to take a 1 point lead Davy made that 3 with less than 10 on the clock. Seapoint to their credit never gave up and had possession for most of the remainder of the game around our 22 but our defense was disciplined managed to win a penalty with a great steal allowing us to clear our lines. We saw out the game with some good retention and after winning a penalty on their 22 Davy said enough is enough and we finished 20-17 to the good.
Bruff Paddy Cleary Rob Coates Brendan Keogh Tadgh Dwyer Tommy Dwyer Taylor Jones Johnny Cleary Sean Hartigan Daniel Jackson Davy o Grady Graham Whelan Cian Tierney Jack o Grady Cian Clifford Shane Biggins Neilus Keogh Kieth Laffan Kevin Treacy Sean Darcy Kevin McManus
Our seniors travel to the open spaces of Seapoint this Saturday in rd 14 of the league with just 5 games left were facing a team who are seeing themselves at the wrong end of the table, but we would not want to be fooled by that,over the past couple of weeks, they have beaten Omagh and Bangor and very unlucky against league leaders Ballina last week. We will need to be at our best to get something out of this, hopefully we will start to get back some of long list of injuries over the next few weeks, kick off 2.30 so for anyone living in the big smoke or surrounds please get out and give the lads a shout.
This coming weekend 3rd March is an important date for the Bruff RFC Under 18 team as they take on Cork Constitution in the ¼ of the Pan Munster Competition. The two team have previously played where Bruff came out on the right side of a 20 – 0 victory. This coming Sunday 3rd March at 1:30 pm we are looking to get home support behind the lads to see them over the line. Come along to Kilballyowen Park this weekend and support the lads. The remaining matches and fixtures are listed below also.
Munster Club U18 Cup Quarter-Final – Weekend
of Saturday 2 March
Match 1: Newcastle West RFC –
Estuary RFC v Kinsale RFC
Match 2: Skibbereen RFC v Winner:
Ennis RFC v Ballincollig RFC
Match 3: Cobh Pirates RFC v
Nenagh Ormond RFC
Sunday 3rd March
Match 4: Bruff RFC v Cork Constitution RFC
Munster Club U18 Cup Semi-Final Draw –
Weekend of Saturday 9 March
Winner: Match 4 v Winner: Match 3
Winner: Match 1 v Winner: Match 2
Irish Independent Park will host
two festivals of youth rugby consisting of the Bank of Ireland Munster U16 and
U18 Club competition finals.