UBL Opening Day victory for Seniors
The UBL kicked off on Saturday with the 1st XV making the trip to Dundalk for their opening game. Bruff travelled knowing a good performance was a must if they were to come away with the points. Dundalk had been impressive last season getting promoted from the junior ranks in Leinster and giving a number of impressive displays in last season’s round robin to gain promotion.
Bruff started well and put 3 points on the board after 12 minutes when Dundalk were penalised for a No Arms tackle which resulted in a sin binning for the Co Louth side. Bruff took full advantage and scored the game’s opening try with Dundalk down to 14 men. Full back Brendan Deady was on hand to touch down at the end of a good move which started in the Bruff half. Tony Cahill converted to make it 10-0. Dundalk brought it back to 10-6 before Deady’s second try for Bruff made it 15-6 to the visitors with just 7 minutes remaining in the opening half. With the half nearly up Bruff looked comfortable until 2 Bruff yellow cards turned the game on its head. Dundalk capitalised of Bruff ill-discipline scoring 10 points before the break to make is 16-15 at half time.
Bruff circled the wagons at half time and came out fighting in the 2nd half. With the 2 men still in the bin Bruff Hooker John Hogan burst over the line from short range to add Bruffs 3rd try after 5 minutes which was converted by Tony Cahill. Bruff were now chasing the bonus point and with the game opening up Tom O Callaghan struck for the 4th try which was a combination of solid work for the forwards and good handling by the backs. Cahill again converted and also added 2 more penalties before the end of the 80 mins to make it 35-16 to Bruff at the final whistle
Team 1 Dave Horan 2 John Hogan 3 Brendan Keogh 4 Mike Cooke 5 Ger O Connell 6 Danny Keogh 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 Brenan Deady 16 Cillian Rea 17 Stephen Foster 18 Neilus Keogh 19 Graham Whelan 20 Liam Treacy
Next up for the seniors is a home game with Tullamore on Saturday evening. KO is 7.30pm and a large crowd is expected so please arrive early .