Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cahills fire Bruff to glory

Three Cahill brothers, Brian, Tony and Eoin, helped Bruff win a thrilling decider at Thomond Park.

Brian kicked 13 points, while Tony was named man of the match in a victory that Bruff fully deserved, despite having to battle on their own line for five minutes of stoppage time.

In front 20-14 at the interval, Bruff crucially got the first score within two minutes of the resumption, a penalty by Brian Cahill, who hit three penalties and two conversions.

Bruff had Maurice O'Donnell sin-binned in the 68th minute but, even after Conor Murray crossed with eight minutes left, Garryowen could not capitalise.

Bruff -- Deady; A Cashman, B Cahill, E Cahill, (G Leonard 49), P O'Brien; T Cahill, E Maher; D Horan (G Collins 48), C O'Regan (M O'Donnell 64, O'Regan for Carroll 76), G Ryan (D Horan 60); A Laffan (M Carroll 55), M O'Connell; A Bourke, J Shine, P Malone.

Garryowen -- L Bourke (A Gaughan 45); C O'Shea, C Doyle, C Hircock, L Kuntz; D Cusack, C Murray; J P Cooney, R Meyer (J Rael 75), D Lavery; F McKenna (C Fitzgerald 51), A McCloskey; P Neville, C Hartigan (C Fitzgerald 51, C Hartigan for Fitzgerald 57), D Sherry (A Kavanagh 20).

Ref -- D McCormack (MAR).

Irish Independent

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