Following the tougher than it should have been 15-11 victory over the Nearest and dearest of our local rivals, here’s what the IRFU and RTE had to say on their sites (Mind you they have confused poor old Máirtín with Brian Cahill as regards the second try) :
OLD CRESCENT 11 BRUFF 15, Rosbrien Scorers: Old Crescent: Try: Trevor Bowles; Pens: Brian O’Shea, JP Hartigan
Bruff: Tries: Finbarr Hogan, Martin O’Rourke; Con: David Maw; Pen: David Maw
HT: Old Crescent 3 Bruff 15
Bruff made a whirlwind start against Old Crescent at Rosbrien and raced into a 15-0 lead before the home side improved in the second half.
Speedster Finbarr Hogan raced in for Bruff’s opening try after 12 minutes. David Maw added a penalty, five minutes later.
In what was all one-way traffic, Martin O’Rourke had a second Bruff try which Maw converted.
Brian O’Shea gave Old Crescent hope with a second half penalty and JP Hartigan had another penalty.
When Trevor Bowles got in for a try for Old Crescent, it set up this Limerick derby for a grandstand finish.
Bruff 3rds play against Old Crescent in the Webb Cup on Sunday 9th March @ 3.00pm in Kilballyowen.As this is the only home game on this weekend a good turnout in support would be welcome.
More stuff on the Limerick Today Website.
The lads put in a great first half performance to run up a 19-0 lead with a strongish breeze at their back at halftime on Saturday last. Máirtín was back to his formidable self and had one of his best displays for some years with strong running and managing to shrug off some fairly serious “Hits”. People are coming around to the idea that the rugby landscape has improved dramatically in the county this season so far.
In fairness to Old Crescent it must be said that they didn’t go down without a fight and a serious second half kick after a fire and brimstone dressing down at the interval meant that the lads didn’t quite have it all to themselves in the early part of the second half. Bruff finished very strongly though and were unlucky not to come away with another try in the final quarter when Eoin Cahill knocked on just between the posts during a very sustained period of Bruff Pressure.Former Bruffian, Cormac Hayes started for Crescent and Simon Malone came on in the second half for them.
Good result, which means we keep our unbeaten record against the Crescent Senior XV, Small and young though it may be.
Apologies, Again I was away after the match and will not be able to get photos up till tomorrow sometime, I still haven’t put up photos from last weeks game or the weeks before.