UBL Game 5
The 1st xv were on the road again last weekend for round 5 of the UBL with an away trip against Boyne RFC. Bruff had slipped from first to forth in the league following from a 31-23 home defeat to Kanturk in round 4 and were looking to bounce back in order to keep promotion prospects alive.
Bruff played into a stiff breeze in the opening half and good game management was rewarded with two first half tries. Winger Mark Cosgrove was the first to score after 5 minutes with a try in the corner which Brian Cahill failed to convert due to the strong headwind. Cahill did get off the mark after 10 minutes with a penalty which was awarded for Boyne coming in the side of a ruck. On 31 minutes Sean Darcy went over for Bruffs second try to make the score 13-0 to Bruff at half time.
On 48 minutes Bruff scored try number three off the back of a dominant scrum. The front 8 did the hard work to push Boyne over their own try line before scrumhalf Tony Cahill dotted down for the score. The conversion hit the post but Bruff were now looking for the bonus point win. It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the score finally came. A second Mark Cosgrove try was to be to final Bruff score of the game with Brian Cahill’s conversion again hitting the post to make the score 23-0 to Bruff with 10 minutes left. Boyne did score two try’s in the last 10 minutes to make it 23-12 in the end, but it was too little too late for the home side. Bruff are now in third position in the league 3 points off top side Old Crescent and 2 behind Wanderers in second.
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Neilus Keogh 5 Barry Laffan 6 Mike Cooke 7 Mike Carroll 8 Paddy Clery 9 Tony Cahill 10 Dave O Grady 11 Paudie Kilcoyne 12 Sean Darcy 13 Brian Cahill 14 Mark Cosgrove 15 Brendan Deady 16 Keith Laffan 17 Jake Considine 18 Tom O Dwyer 19 Daragh Mulcahy 20 Graham Whelan
Next Home Game
The seniors are in action again on Saturday 31st of October at home to Midelton who are currently in 5th position in the league and only 3 points behind Bruff. The game has a 2pm ko due to the World Cup final which has a 4pm ko and will be screened live in the club house after the UBL game.
Bruff U20s started their Donal Walsh U20 League campaign with a bonus point win in Cork last Saturday. Despite falling behind to an early penalty Bruff dominated the first half and weren’t flattered by their 17-3 half time lead with tries from Eamon O Dea, Liam Treacy and Brian Fanning one of which was converted by Kevin McManus who also kicked a penalty.
McManus converted a penalty at the start of the second half. Sunday’s Well then got in for a converted try to leave it 20–10.Bruff finished strong adding another try by Fanning and Sean Hartigan, one converted by McManus.
Bruff. Brian Fanning,Kevin McManus,Conor Fitzpatrick,Liam Tracey,Darragh Fanning,Jack O Grady,Niall Byrne,Darragh Moore,Darren O Farrell,Shane Breen,Kevin Tracey,Cian Mulqueen,Rob Laffan,Eamon O Dea,Sean Hartigan .Subs Ad Sheehy,Aaron Daly,Patrick Maher
Womens and girls rugby update
On Saturday 10th October the u15 and u18 girls from Bruff played their first ever league match in Abbeyfeale. For the first half of the season the Bruff girls have teamed up with Shannon to aim for 15-a-side matches to be played in the league.
The u15 girls had a rough start against the more organized and clearly more experienced Abbeyfeale girls, who showed their attacking skills on several occasions, breaking the Shannon/Bruff defence by determined running and good short support play. For Bruff Aine Leahy, Aisling Biggane, Chloe O’Flaherty and Tara Leahy played with the Shannon/Bruff u15s combination.
The u18 girls played an exciting and closely contended match, narrowly losing to Abbeyfeale (12-10). The powerful Shannon/Bruff forwards ensured there was a lot of good possession combined with fast back play made for a great match to watch.
For Bruff Anna Brenna, Grace Donsworth, Jane McCarthy, Molly Patterson and Sarah O’Leary played with the Shannon/Bruff u18s combination.
Photos for both matches can also be found on the Bruff Womens rugby facebook page.
Fixture’s: please keep an eye on the website for the latest fixtures which will be updated by Wednesday Each week. www.bruffrfc.com
Club Memberships, annual club memberships are now due for renewal. Please return membership fees to any committee members, or directly to Matt O Callaghan.