City of Derry RFC U18 Tournament Match Report
By Louis Fields
Derry win U18 tournament comfortably
City of Derry RFC U18’s Match Report:
(vs Coleraine and Limavady U18’s, 22/09/18)
From the kick off, Derry showed their dominance over Limavady. Derry stayed camped in Limavady’s 22 for what seemed like the entirety of the game and the Derry forwards controlled the contact zone, not allowing Limavady into the game. Derry continued to pressure the Limavady line with forwards picking and going, not giving their opposition time to organise their defence. The first score came from Adam Pollock
as he burst through Limavady’s defence and reached for the line. Mark Grant
(Captain on the day) kicked the conversion. From then on, Limavady were not able to get a foot hold on the match and seemed to be constantly on the back foot.
There were a number of thunderous tackles from both sides on the day with Cormac Cooke
putting in a monster hit on one of Limavady's big forwards that dislodged the ball and allowed Derry to gather the ball again to build another attack on Limavady's 10-metre line.
Throughout the match there were individual displays of brilliance. Jake Quinnell came off the bench in his first game back since a serious hand injury. He took his place on the wing and made strong runs against Limavady. Derry’s Scrum throughout the game was too much for Limavady, Lee Broadbent
powering through the opposition front row, showing his old club just what they had missed out on. Mark Grant
bounced numerous attempts at tackles and broke the gain line every time he had the ball.
Towards the end of the game, Derry began to lose their focus and allowed Limavady back into the game. Limavady, through strong running from their back line made their way up into Derry’s 22 and almost scored, only to be held out on the line by tackles from Bradley Blackman
and Sean Straw
. Derry were very lucky not to concede any points towards the end of the game.
Limavady U18s 0 - 26 CDRFC U18s
The Coleraine team was next up and they looked hungry for the win. After a short break, the match had begun and the old story of Derry falling asleep in the second half of all games came around. Derry started the game strong, scoring a try through Mark Grant
in the first few minutes. Derry began to fall off the tackles and make silly mistakes allowing Coleraine to draw the scores even and then take the lead. Coleraine really gave City of Derry a game in the first fifteen minutes.
Coleraine’s pack looked the much larger of the two. However, Lee Broadbent
and Adam Cullen
again showed no fear or mercy during scrum time, driving Coleraine off numerous balls. Eventually Derry were able to break through Coleraine’s defence with Conor Mullin
(Vice Captain) showing off his ash splash abilities under the posts. The team began to relax and play their style of rugby.Eoin Coyle
was clinical at the break down giving quality ball to Sean Straw
and the rest of the backs. Derry ran in a number of tries in the last ten minutes of the game and refused to let the momentum they had built go. Derry pressured the Coleraine line right up till the final whistle scoring two tries in the last few minutes of the game.
Coleraine U18s 12 - 33 CDRFC U18s
Well done to Derry for a good performance but we still have work to do on a team that are just beginning to find their feet and gel together after the summer. Player of the tournament was Mark Grant
as chosen by head coach Ian Townley.
City of Derry would like to thank Coleraine rugby club for their warm welcome, hospitality and for organising the tournament. We hope that they will organise another next season.
We now have our sights set firmly on the league!