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3rd XV - Match centre

City of Derry RFC
Strabane 2nd XV
A Renaud (3), B McLaughlin, A Doherty, B Murphy, D Walker, M Rankin
Tries
D Walker (3)
Conversions
Sat 20 Oct 14:30 - League Full time

Strabane no match for Derry this time

City of Derry RFC 3rd XV Match Report

City of Derry RFC 3rd XV Match Report
(vs Strabane 2nd XV, 20/10/18)
CDRFC 3rd XV 46 - 0 Strabane 2nd XV

The Mighty Three’s took on their neighbours and rivals, The Strabane Devils, in a highly anticipated local Derby match. There was no shortage of availability after a successful training week that saw 4 full senior teams train for the first time in years at Judges Road. The competition for positions added pressure for those selected to prove themselves. With the players still reeling from the loss at Rainey last week, this was their opportunity to make amends and unfortunately for Strabane, they stood in the way.

Derry started the game well, controlling the possession. It took 8 minutes before Derry got on the score board when Alex Renaud broke the line, handing off the opposition to score. The windy conditions led to conversion being missed however. Keeping the pressure on, Derry were soon back in the Strabane half. A penalty in front of the posts gave out-half Jack Cassidy a second chance at goal, but again it drifted just wide.
Derry continued to control the game, starving Strabane of possession. Derry were awarded another kickable penalty, but this time opted to kick to the corner. The lineout was scrappy but second row Barney McLaughlin managed to secure the ball and in the confusion, slipped straight through the Strabane line to score. Again the kick was wide.

Derry were conscious of their bad habit of starting strong and losing focus in the middle of games this season and they were determined not to repeat the mistake. From a line out, scrum half Michael Rankin broke through a half-gap. Unable to make a tackle, the Strabane 2nd row attempted to trip Rankin and received a yellow card from the referee. Derry were quick to capitalise on the man advantage when Renaud went over for his second of the day.

The subsequent restart was scrappy when the ball was allowed to bounce, but the ball was quickly gathered by prop Tom Pearson who popped the pass to Number 8 Ashley Doherty who took the pass at pace, swatting away defenders to run in a try from 65 meters. The try was converted by fullback Daire Walker, making the first kick of the game to make it 22-0.

Derry's onslaught continued when Derry exploited the space out wide. Skipper Aaron Deery passed to Mark Smyth who beat his opposite man, only to be held up inches short by the Strabane fullback. Luckily, Brendan Murphy was quick to arrive, picking and placing the ball on the line for the score. Walker stepped up to nail the touchline conversion. Strabane weren't back to a full accompaniment for long when their Number 8 saw yellow for slapping the ball from Rankin's hand at the back of a ruck. Just like before, Renaud soon made use of the extra space and ran in for his hat trick.

HT- 32-0

Derry knew they had to keep the pressure on as no doubt Strabane would come back fighting after half time. Still with the man advantage, Derry picked up where they left off, keeping the ball and pressuring Strabane. This pressure soon led to space and Walker was soon in for a try of his own. Once Strabane were back to full strength, they were ready to show that Derry weren't going to have it all their own way. They made their way into the Derry 22 for possibly the first time in the game and began to pressure Derry. The home team's defence began conceding penalties under pressure, and soon the referee had seen enough, sending Tom Pearson to the sinbin for not rolling away in the tackle.
Even with 14 men, the Derry line held strong. After such dominance earlier in the game, Derry had no intention of letting Strabane breach their line. A penalty against Strabane for crossing was the let off Derry needed and they cleared their lines. The game turned in to an arm wrestle in the middle of the pitch, as the fast pace champagne rugby of the first half slowed, but Derry weren't finished yet.
Following a scrum in the Strabane 22, Ashley picked from the base of the scrum and passed off to Rankin who scored on his first start of the year.

FT CDRFC 46-0 Strabane

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

8:00
Try Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
15:00
Try Bernard McLaughlin scores for City of Derry RFC
20:00
Try Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
25:00
Try Aaron Doherty scores for City of Derry RFC
26:00
Conversion Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
30:00
Try Brendan Murphy scores for City of Derry RFC
31:00
Conversion Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
37:00
Try Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
45:00
Try Daire Walker scores for City of Derry RFC
46:00
Conversion Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
55:00
Try Michael Rankin scores for City of Derry RFC

Highlights

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55:00 Try 46 - 0
Michael Rankin scores for City of Derry RFC
50:00 Yellow Card
Tom Pearson is yellow carded for City of Derry RFC
46:00 Conversion 41 - 0
Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
45:00 Try 39 - 0
Daire Walker scores for City of Derry RFC
End of period 1
37:00 Try 34 - 0
Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
31:00 Conversion 29 - 0
Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
30:00 Try 27 - 0
Brendan Murphy scores for City of Derry RFC
26:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Daire Walker kicks a conversion for City of Derry RFC
25:00 Try 20 - 0
Aaron Doherty scores for City of Derry RFC
20:00 Try 15 - 0
Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
15:00 Try 10 - 0
Bernard McLaughlin scores for City of Derry RFC
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Alexandre Renaud scores for City of Derry RFC
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As it happened

  • City of Derry RFC
  • Strabane 2nd XV
  • 0
  • Alexandre Renaud Try 8:00'
  • Bernard McLaughlin Try 15:00'
  • Alexandre Renaud Try 20:00'
  • Aaron Doherty Try 25:00'
  • Daire Walker Conversion 26:00'
  • Brendan Murphy Try 30:00'
  • Daire Walker Conversion 31:00'
  • Alexandre Renaud Try 37:00'
  • Daire Walker Try 45:00'
  • Daire Walker Conversion 46:00'
  • Tom Pearson Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Michael Rankin Try 55:00'

Team selection

Walker, Daire Walker, Daire
Smyth, Mark Smyth, Mark
Mullan, Darragh Mullan, Darragh
Renaud, Alexandre Renaud, Alexandre
McWilliams, Rory McWilliams, Rory
Cassidy, Jack Cassidy, Jack
Rankin, Michael Rankin, Michael
Doherty, Aaron Doherty, Aaron
Deery, Aaron Deery, Aaron
Kyle, Joshua Kyle, Joshua
Walker, Stephen Walker, Stephen
McDuff, Adam McDuff, Adam
McCracken, Cameron McCracken, Cameron
Murphy, Brendan Murphy, Brendan
Pearson, Tom Pearson, Tom

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