15 Oct CIYMS V Enniskillen 14th October 2017
CI entertained Enniskillen on a wet, damp afternoon. A good crowd, swollen by a large number of pre-match lunch guests, ensured a lively atmosphere at Belmont. CI played up the pitch first half into a light breeze and drizzle.
Almost immediately from the K/O CI infringed at the breakdown and the Enniskillen 10 slotted over the penalty.
Both sides huffed and puffed in spells but careless errors led to many set piece restarts. The wet ball proved difficult to handle.
10 minutes in CI fell off a tackle but, with the line at their mercy, Skins passed the ball forward and the chance was gone.
That was the only time they moved the ball wide.
The arm wrestle continued up front and CI struggled to get into gear.
Another infringement at the breakdown..40m penalty.. and the big 10 slotted it over.
Enniskillen had an edge to their game and deserved the lead.
After a series of drives by Skins a high tackle was rewarded with a penalty and a yellow card. The 10 converted the penalty
with the ball clearing the car park.
CI then put together a period of driving, recycling rugby. They were rewarded with a penalty and kicked to the corner. However
the lineout was lost. Chance gone.
The home side remained on the front foot for the rest of the half . They won another penalty, almost in front of the posts, but the kick was missed.
Half Time : 0..9
Whatever the coaches said at halftime must have had an effect. The CI pack played with more purpose after the break, carrying and mauling well. Cobain, McConkey, and Tipping prominent. Baillie added to the set piece.. prop and hooker.
Early in the half Skins infringed and the CI 9 slotted the penalty over.
CI began to dominate possession and territory. Another maul, series of carries, and the Skins defence was opened up. CI moved the ball wide, Haldane left the defence 10 for dead, and coming off the left wing, Craig Devlin burst through at pace to score beside the posts.
Stewart added the conversion.
CI were enjoying their best spell in the match and were soon back in the red zone. An attack lineout 15m out, but the ball was lost.. chance gone.
Skins cleared and from a ruck just inside the CI half they were awarded a penalty. Hands in the ruck.
The 10 made a difficult kick look easy and they reclaimed the lead.
CI attacked from the restart and pressure was rewarded with another penalty but the chance was missed.
They maintained the pressure and a high tackle earned a penalty and a yellow card for Skins.
Cameron Stewart kicked what proved to be the winning points.
CI had most of the play in the closing minutes but a careless mistake at ruck time gave Skins another penalty, 5m inside the CI half..
a replica of the kick he had converted earlier.
Nerves were jangled and fingers crossed in the home support.
The 10 stepped up again, with his 100% record. This time he got slightly under the ball and it fell just short.
The game fizzled out with a home win. 13..12
Reasons to be cheerful: Not playing that well and winning is a nice habit. The team showed real spirit in clawing back a win.
- Superb try.
- Rolling maul excellent.
- Haldane good debut at 10.
- The lineout, normally a weapon for us, stuttered today.
- Too many penalties at the breakdown.
- 4 points.. up to 6th in the table.