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Dromore 5 – CIYMS 5

Dromore 5 – CIYMS 5

Dromore RFC v CIYMS RFC Saturday 09/03/13

 

CIYMS visited Dromore on Saturday 9th March in what was an important game for both clubs in their quest for a top 4 finish in the league.

Both sides were missing a number of regulars in their line up.

 

C.I. took to the field in this seasons new Power N.I. away kit; brilliant blue and black hoops on a white background.It didn’t stay brilliant for very long. Conditions were awful.. a heavy pitch, pouring rain and strong winds proved challenging for both teams.

 

C.I. played into the wind in the first half. To their credit they tried to play open rugby from the off. Strong running and ball carrying from the pack, especially McReynolds, Hackney and both props gave us go forward ball. Our back line used the ball very well

despite the conditions and we made line breaks numerous times.

Whilst our tactics were correct, it proved difficult to make the final pass stick. In the first half hour C I dominated possession and territory and had numerous penalty opportunities. However they could not be converted due to conditions.

In that period Dromore were limited to a long range penalty attempt which was missed.

Eventually strong pressure paid off and after several phases of attacking rugby,2nd row  Paddy Aiken crashed over for try. The conversion was missed.

Dromore had not used the wind well in the first half, mainly because they couldn’t keep hold of the ball. However that changed just before half time. A good kick to the corner led to a lineout from which the home side rolled over for a well executed try, very much against the run of play.

Half Time 5:5.

Turning with a gale at their backs the away team had a sense of mission accomplished. It did not turn out that way.

Despite early pressure on the Dromore line C I did not score thanks mainly to strong home defence. As the game progressed so the home pack got stronger, with a strong ball carrying performance from their no.8.It became an arm wrestle in the mud. It soon became almost impossible to differentiate both teams in a brown mess.

Dromore finished strongly and had several rolling mauls stopped on the line. That said the defence from CI was tremendous, showing great commitment.

Late in the game, and against the run of play, C I made a clean break from a strong scrum but unfortunately put a foot in touch with the line in sight.

Dromore rallied again but could not convert pressure into points, missing a kick in the dying moments.

It was definitely a game of 2 halves and credit to both teams for their efforts in appalling conditions. 2 points earned the hard way.

Full Time 5: 5 Draw.

Off the pitch Dromore hospitality was excellent as usual.