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Sligo RFC U14s narrowly lose to Corinthians by 12-14

Improved second half performance from talented side 


The Sligo RFC U14 team in Hamilton Park. Pic: Sligo Rugby.

The Sligo RFC U14 team in Hamilton Park. Pic: Sligo Rugby.

The Sligo RFC U14 team in Hamilton Park. Pic: Sligo Rugby.


Although a first league defeat of the season against a strong Corinthians team, an excellent second half performance left Sligo RFC just short in the end.

Some good pressure left Corinthians deep in their own half in the early stages, however one or two mistakes allowed Corinthians to clear, and play their way up into the Sligo half.

Sligo RFC defended well, but eventually Corinthians pressure told and they went over under the posts, for a 7-0 lead.

They continued to keep the pressure on, but Sligo managed to hold firm until the last play of the half, and again a strong carry allowed Corinthians to go over once more and another 7 points.

It was looking tough for the Sligo lads at half time, but as usual with this team, they never let their heads drop. They made a couple of changes at half time, and were ready to go.

Sligo started the second half with some big carries / ruck aggression and began making some excellent territory. Good interplay between backs and forwards and the pressure eventually told when Sligo scored to make it 14-5. The boys were flying at this point and Sligo camped in the Corinthians half, and eventually got their reward with just 2 minutes remaining - 14-12. Unfortunately Sligo couldn’t manage to get back up the field and went down to 2 point defeat.

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The boys can be proud of their second-half performance, and once again their defence was solid for the most part. Sligo’s aggression around the ruck, in particular in the second-half was very pleasing. Sligo have some areas they need to tighten up on, to ensure they get over the line in these tight games - and they’ll continue to work on this over the coming weeks and months.

Thanks again to all who helped with the food on the day, and once more for you support.

Next up is Loughrea at home in two weeks time, day/time to be confirmed.