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Malone leads Bruff to glory

DUNGANNON may have had a host of Ulster's next generation in their ranks, but they were taught a lesson in rugby's basics by a monstrous Bruff pack on Saturday afternoon.

The Limerick side brought the cup back to Kilballyowen after a stunning display of power from their eight forwards.

They got off to a great start when prop David Horan -- brother of Munster's Marcus -- forced his way over in the corner, before Tony Cahill added two penalties to Michael Lawton's one.

But the Ulster champions, led by Ireland U-20 fly-half Paddy Jackson, cranked up a gear and captain Paul Magee crossed for a try.

A point up at half-time, 11-10, the massive Bruff forwards took over. They got over the line twice but were held up, before they won a Dungannon scrum against the head and player-coach Peter Malone crashed over. Another scrum against the head led to a penalty for Cahill who made the score 21-10.

There was a late scare for the Limerick side when Lawton clawed back a penalty and Conor Gaston showed why Ulster have capped him by touching down after being put clear by Jackson. They made a late surge for the line, but the Bruff defence saw them home.

BRUFF -- B Deady; T O'Callaghan, J Carroll, E Cahill, J Malone; T Cahill, E Maher; D Horan, C O'Regan, G Ryan (G Collins 75); A Laffan (D Murnane 64), M O'Connell; A Bourke, J Shine, P Malone.

DUNGANNON -- C Gaston; M Lawton, P Magee, G Telford, C Cochrane; P Jackson, M Kirkwood (K Campbell 64); P Whyte (M Farquhar 58), A Duhig, G Sinnamon; A Fry (S McKensie 75), M Rainey (C Threlfall 48); TJ Anderson, R Halsall, A Birch.

REF -- J Carvill (IRFU)

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