Match Report: CI 4’s put in ‘Model’ Performance
With no game for the 1sts last weekend, there were mixed fortunes in the other two games for CI teams. Photo – featuring 3 former Boys Model pupils reuniting on the field in this fixture.
CIYMS 4th XV away against Ophir 2’s : Won 78-0
As predicted, only one result was on the cards here for an experienced CI site. Ophir sat bottom of the league without a win from 6 games coming into this one, while CI were the league’s biggest points scorers to date.
At 11am on Saturday morning, the 4’s had just 13 players ready to take the field as a result of a late cry off and selection confusion. Darren Magill and Martin Gallagher stepped up to answer the call.
CI’s dominance in this game had been anticipated given the experience of the side and the fact that their opponents had not yet registered a league win this season. Uncontested scrums were introduced after 20mins, by which stage CI Hooker Colin Nelson had already claimed 6 put-ins against the head!
CI lost Richard “Meercat” Moorehead to a calf injury before halftime and were forced to play the rest of the game with just 14 men.
This did not serve to dampen the CI advantage as winger Wes Snipes boosted his impressive try tally for the season by adding 5 tries spread throughout the game. Darren Magill also added a try to make his late call up well worthwhile.
A special mention to the other late call-up Martin Gallagher who was playing his first game of rugby since taking up the sport a few weeks ago. An impressive debut which including him standing up and then rounding the opposition left winger saw Martin earning the Man of the Match award in his first time out in the hooped jersey.
The final score was a resounding 78-0 victory for CI which continues their league challenge.
CIYMS 2nd XV away against Ballynahinch 3’s : Lost 36 -6
Elsewhere, CI 2nds continued their dip in form with a 36-6 defeat at the hands of a strong Ballynahinch side. The young side battled well in a close first half before the opposition used their experience and took their chances to stretch away after the break to a comfortable victory. A good turn out is required at training this week to get back to winning ways.