Carrick vs CI
CI travelled to Carrick on a bright but windy day. The away side started into the wind on a pitch which deserved a visit from a lawnmower.
Immediately from the start Carrick fumbled the ball and a hack through led to a fortunate try in the corner.
0..5 to CI.
The game proved a very even contest over the next 10 minutes, with Carrick looking strong in the set piece.
11 minutes in the home side won a penalty almost in front of the posts, but they failed to convert.
CI were playing a more open running game with Carrick keeping play close to their heavy pack.
21st minute..CI broke blind in the Carrick half. Overlap.
However a poor pass was intercepted and the Carrick wing ran half the pitch to score.
5 minutes later, CI attacking .. a terrible pass fumble, hack through.. Carrick scored again.
12..5 to Carrick.
CI were dominating the lineout and kept running hard at the Carrick line. A last ditch tackle from the home full back saved a certain try.
Josh Newell, left wing for the visitors, fielded a kick under extreme pressure. He quickly recycled the ball and a beautiful passing move saw Jason Gilliland feed Scott Dowle for a superb try under the posts.
One minute from halftime and CI were again pushing. However another unforced handling error led to a turnover and a converted try to the home team.
All 3 Carrick tries started with CI on the ball.
CI turned with a strong wind at their back..
50th minute.. a Carrick infringement on their 10 metre line and the CI 9, Cameron Stewart, slotted over a neat penalty.
CI were now playing good open rugby.
60th minute.. a long period of pressure and a wonderful passing sequence saw Matt Butler score under the posts. Another excellent try.
CI regained possession and a fine kick from the scrum half gave Carrick a lineout on their own line.
CI attacked the lineout but were penalised for interfering with the jumper. One of many dubious decisions on the day.
Carrick got a lifeline.
A great clearance kick was followed by a penalty at the scrum. the Carrick forwards enjoyed a strong 10 minutes carrying/offloading and putting the visitors under pressure. A yellow card followed as the CI defence creaked.
From the ensuing penalty the Carrick 8, who had a great game, danced through 2 weak tackles to score under the posts.
The last 5 minutes were nailbiting for the home support as CI applied a lot of pressure. A clean break by Calum Robert, supported by Matt Butler, was stopped on the 20m line with another last ditch tackle. The ball was recycled and no-one at home,but with the line at their mercy the ball was knocked on. Game over.
26..22 Carrick win.
Reasons to be cheerful:
- 2 “top drawer” tries
- Numerous scoring opportunities
- Defensive scrum
- Decision making.. kick/pass etc..
- Unforced errors
CI could have/should have won ..we played some beautiful rugby. The game was lost because of our mistakes.