Friday 28 October 2016

Buckley adds flourish to Corinthians success

Queen's 7 Corinthians 21

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Corinthians secured an excellent win at Queen's University on Saturday.

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The visitors were on the score board early in the contest with a close-range penalty from out-half Simon Keller after referee Helen O'Reily penalised the students for loitering.

The Corinthians pack started to dominate as they attacked the Queen's line. After two attempts they drove over, and the referee had no option but to award a penalty try. Keller slotted the extras to make it 10-0.

The students got stuck in after this setback and attacked from every angle, but Corinthians player-coach Ene Fa'atau had his charges spot on as they contained the hosts' assault to preserve their 10-point lead until the interval.

The visitors extended their lead with a penalty from Keller following an interception and great burst from lock Donnchadh Phelan.

Corinthians made sure of victory with a stunning try.

Full-back Dave Panter came into the line after a turnover and released winger Owen Daly, who fed centre James Buckley. He exchanged passes with Keller before touching down in the corner.

Keller missed the difficult conversion but soon added an insurance penalty, and Queens' late try from No 8 Chris McKee was just a consolation.

Corinthians - D Panter, S Biggins, J Buckley, S Royal, O Daly, S Keller, G Flaherty, A Bane, P O'Toole, A Glynn, D Phelan, C Raftery, (capt), S Connolly, M O'Connell, E Fa'atau,

Reps: A Walsh, C Joyce, J Campbell, P Long, M O'Toole,

Corinthians are having a special 20-year sponsorship celebration tonight at 8.00pm in Busker Brownes. The club invite all members to attend and enjoy some finger food, stories and a few drinks.

NUIG aim for stars

NUIG RFC were presented with the J1B Trophy after their final league match against Sligo last weekend.

The back-to-back promotion will see the club take their place in the premier league of junior rugby in the province next season and the return to top flight rugby has been hailed as a huge step by coach Brian McClearn.

“We absolutely delighted with the way the season has gone. Winning the league was always our aim and to achieve our goal in one season is a testament to the hard work and dedication of this exceptional squad of players.

“Next season will be a tough one but we’re in a good place at the moment and the lads are relishing the thought of playing at the that level”

After losing to Tuam and Creggs in the early rounds NUIG had to win their remaining 10 fixtures, and only a bonus point victory on the last day of the league put the College side a point ahead of Creggs to claim the title.

The University team also claimed the Curley Cup.

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