AIB RFC win epic battle vs Dublin University
Saturday 23rd January 2015
Location: Santry Avenue
AIB RFC 7- Dublin University 5
AIB RFC come from behind in soft ground and wet conditions to win 5-7 with a try from Dave McNamara (13) and conversion from Philip Tully (10).
The game started with AIB very strong in the scrum and line-outs. Dublin University opened the scoring
with a good try out wide on the right wing. The conversion was missed making it 5-0 to the hosts.
The comeback happened shortly after with an attack movement from AIB back line – centre Dave McNamara beat two defenders on the right wing to score a beautiful try. Philip Tully scored the conversion with a nice high kick right between the posts leading to 5-7.
Dublin University were then reduced to 14 men as their back row took exception to scrum Mark Battams tackling a student half his age.
Before the break, there was a brilliant effort from AIB forwards with a 40 yard maul from a Neil Douglas lineout take coming up just a few meters short of the try line.
The second half was tough as it started raining and the ground got very sloppy. There was a penalty kick missed by AIB on the right wing by out half Philip Tully.
Despite the missed penalty, Philip Tully was incredibly accurate with his kicking gaining the team many yards. Great work from AIB in the whole second half keeping Dublin University in their half and prevent them from scoring more tries.
The students tried to continually beat us out wide but there was no way through centres Adrian O’Reilly & Dave McNamara or wingers Dean Byrne & Stephen Rafter.
Full back Mick Corbett was also solid throughout although he did have the advantage of a 10 minute breather in the first half for trying to prove he could ruck correctly…. The ref disagreed!!!! Al Glynn did a great job of filling in at 15 while Mick was off whereas Conor Duncan decided to keep the head down on concentrate on running over students.
Rob Govan and Niall Winters helped provide some fresh legs and experience in the last 10 minutes with Darragh Higgins also proving that some forwards can kick as well as run. Niall Cahalan also made a welcome return from injury but looked very jealous of Phil’s place kicking. He’s obviously anxious to wrestle place kicking duties back.
Final score 5-7 victory to AIB RFC after an epic battle. It was well deserved and the win moved AIB into 2nd place in the league although there are some tough battles ahead.
It was great to have a full squad available and some support on the sideline which helped us survive the last 15 minute onslaught from the students!!! Special thanks to Louis for making it direct from winning the downhill at Kitzbuhel….
Man of the match: AIB out-half Philip Tully