UBL Game 3
With two wins in the opening two games of the UBL the first xv travelled to Navan on Saturday hoping to maintain momentum. For the second week in a row Bruff were forced into a number of changes with Danny Keogh and Cillian Rea both picking up injuries in the previous weeks outing Versus Tullamore. Neilus Keogh took his brother Danny’s place in the pack with Tom O Dwyer coming onto the bench for Cillian Rea. Mark Cosgrove returned from a hamstring injury reclaiming his place on the wing with Sean Hartigan also being drafted into the match day squad.
Navan were quickest to settle and were 5-0 up after 20 min. The resulting conversion came back off the upright, a miss which would prove costly for Navan in the end. Bruff fullback Brendan Deady has been on a good run of scoring form lately and on 30 minutes he again left his mark scoring his forth try in three games. Tony Cahill provided the scoring pass for Deady to touch down and also kicked the extra 2 points on offer to make it 5-7 to Bruff. Navan scored a second try on 40 mins which they converted taking them into a 12-7 halftime lead.
Bruff reduced the Navan lead on 45 minutes with a penalty from the boot of Tony Cahill to make it 12-10 before Navan struck back with a drop goal and again stretch their lead to 5 points. With only 8 minutes remaining Bruff were awarded a scrum in a promising position. The pack set a solid platform for the backs to execute a well worked strike play which saw Brian Cahill power over from short distance for Bruff’s second try. Tony Cahill again stepped up and kicked the winning conversion. Bruff had to work hard to hold out for the remaining 5 minutes as the powerful Navan pack battered the line in the closing stages. Thankfully Bruff had enough left in the tank and walked off the field knowing that they were lucky to come away with the win.
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Neilus Keogh 5 Ger O Connell 6 Mike Cooke 7 Mike Carroll 8 Paddy Clery 9 Tony Cahill 10 Dave O Grady 11 Paudie Kilcoyne 12 Sean Darcy 13 Tom O Callaghan 14 Mark Cosgrove 15 Brendan Deady 16 Keith Laffan 17 Tom O Dwyer 18 Sean Hartigan 19 Brian Cahill 20 Liam Treacy
Kanturk are next up on Saturday. The game has a 2.30pm KO in Kilballyowen and all support would be appreciated.
The u18’s travelled to Ennis on Sunday and came away with full points thanks to a 35-7 win. Bruff had trys from Liam Barrett, John & Richard Bateman, Mikey O Grady & Darren Kennedy
U16’s won 34-17 vs Shannnon/Richmond/St Marys
U15’s lost 35-7 to Garryowen
U14’s won 24-19 away to Nenagh
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.
Underage Rugby, Reminder that underage rugby is now back Mini Rugby (Age Grade 6 – 12) will Start at 10:30 am Youth Rugby (Age Grade 13 – 18) will Start at 11:30 am every Sunday morning. Please also ensure that all players turn up with Gum Shields or they may not be permitted to play.