Sunday 17 December 2017

Trinity seal Conroy Cup hat-trick at Festival of Rugby

Trinity's two final victories gave them good cause to celebrate
Trinity's two final victories gave them good cause to celebrate

The Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU) hosted its second annual Festival of Rugby last Saturday in Terenure RFC.

The first final of the day, the Kay Bowen Cup final for ladies, saw NUIG, going for three titles in row, up against an improving UCD.

After a competitive first half, NUIG's strength in depth proved to be the difference as Elizabeth McKeever's girls won out 48-5.

NUIG have only conceded two tries in winning the three-in-a-row.

This was followed by the Maughan-Scally Cup final for junior rugby which pitted old foes DUFC (Trinity) and UCD against each other. A see-saw game was decided by a moment of brilliance by club stalwart Geoff Sheehan, who broke three tackles to set up the decisive try.

This was UCD's junior club's first cup in 11 years.

After lunch the Conroy Cup and Dudley Cup took centre stage.

The Dudley Cup was played as a round robin between DUFC, Queen's University and UCC. Tony Smeeth and Hugh Maguire's DUFC team produced two controlled displays built on their dominant pack to clinch the Dudley Cup for the first time in 21 years.

In the Conroy Cup, DUFC and UCD were expected to take control of their groups and neither side disappointed making it through to the final.

With a strong wind behind them DUFC dominated the first half but it was UCD who scored the first try of the game right on half-time.

In a more even second half which saw opportunities, DUFC who managed to convert a chance and claim the cup for the third year in a row.

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