Friday 20 April 2018

UCD secure bragging rights

UCD 28
Dublin University 8

UCD took the points and the bragging rights from a tussle that doubled up as AIL Division 2 fare and the 58th annual 'Colours Match' at Donnybrook last night.

Quick-fire tries from centre Andrew Cummiskey and wing Tom Fletcher set the tone for a fast-paced, attack-oriented match as UCD stretched away to a 14-3 lead by the seventh minute.

It looked like getting interesting when Trinity blindside Alan Mathews evaded heavy hits in a twisting, turning drive to the line to narrow the gap to 14-8.

UCD out-half Niall Earls had other ideas, however, connecting with two penalties and a drop-goal before the break.

UCD moved to within one try of a bonus point when Fletcher latched onto scrum-half Michael McLoughlin's delicate chip over the top at the end of the third quarter.They didn't get that fourth try, but the win took them level on points with Trinity in the league.

UCD -- M Twomey; T Jones (R Allwright 76), A Cummiskey, E Conran, T Fletcher; N Earls, R Shanley (P du Toit 76); B Hall (C Mitchell 68, B Hall 73), C Geoghegan (R Byrne 68), J-A Lee, C Ruddock, B Cawley (A Houlihan 68), S Grannell, K Croke, M Nagle (capt).

Trinity --A Wallace (R Brady 61); N Hanratty, C Colclough, C Mills, C Murphy; D Joyce, M McLoughlin; T Goodbody (C Telford 61), M Murdock (P McCabe 76), J Gethings , P Byrne (M Waters 61), S La Valla, A Matthews, J Iliff (capt, D Gallagher 56), B Coyle.

REF -- K Beggs (IRFU).

Irish Independent

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