Final game of the league stage of the season and the Bruff 1st XV put paid to any hopes Banbridge had of gaining promotion to division 2. Yet another complete shut-out, with Banbridge not even getting a single kick for goal. The game was played in a strong breeze which favoured Bruff in the first half, but after fifteen minutes Bruff had put up 15 points and there it was to stay until half time. Five minutes into the Second half saw try No. 3 under the posts, The 2nd for Full back Brendan Deady.
This was a day when the Bruff pack reigned supreme, Destroyed the opposition scrum and lineout and turned over TEN balls on the ground, but Bruff’s superiority all around the pitch was evident.
Scores: Brendan Deady 2 tries, John Malone 1 try, Brian Cahill 2 conversions and a Penalty.
No Goal Attempt by Banbridge.
This gives Bruff a set of stats never seen before in the History of the AIL.
7 complete shutouts from 15 League games, a final points tally for the season of 65 out of a possible 75, 14 wins and one draw out of 15 games, A points for of 342, a points against of 56 (We know, it’s actually 54 but it’s 56 on the record so there ya go), Four tries against us for the season, c’mon, what can you say WHAT A DEFENCE…..
Anyway, spare a thought for Banbridge who have to come down to us in a fortnights time for the Semi-final play-off, and who had a slim chance of promotion mathematically until today. It won’t be clear until scores come in who will be promoted with us, but we are still assuming that it’ll be Instonians and that after the 14-10 win by Munsters over Old Crescent (Bonus point) that we won’t be seeing Munsters next season but we will be meeting Old Crescent and possibly Thomond.