J1 XV v Dublin University (H) by D. O'Brien 11.11.2017


St Mary’s College RFC J1s V TCD RFC J1s

28                                                   15

Templeville Road

Saturday 11th November 2017.

Metro League 1


If this was a hangover, from last night’s AIL match between the same two clubs, it did not feel like one, as the game was again full of fizz and fun and was most entertaining, with the added advantage for St Marys, a win.  There were of course many handling errors on both sides and Trinity’s passing out wide was erratic which was costly to them.  The Mary’s scrum was dominant with skipper Cathal Ryan, who starred at hooker last week this week at loose head prop and again having a fine game and leading his men well. The Marys’ pack generally was strong and mobile and showed good cohesion.  Apart from Cathal, his fellow frontrowers, Lucas Moran (a dedicated Marys’ man) and Brendan Cullinane (who scored the first try), were to the fore, and Liam Curran and Richard Dowling-Cullenalso made notable contributions.  In the backline Conor Gilsenan and Mathew Timmons were effective and active and Mathew Opperman who scored a superb try, again showed the value of searing pace in both attack and defensive covering.  It was good to see big Paddy Lavelle and Hugh Kelleher getting a run out.

Coaches, Rodney and Tom and management Gareth, Paul and Mick will be particularly pleased with the win and notable improvement all round, especially with a much weakened ensemble due to injuries and withdrawals.  The group are starting to gel and have that feeling of team about them.  Well done to all.


After just three minutes, a maul at the cabbage patch end saw Brendan Cullinane get over and Jamie converted, 7 – 0. On 11 minutes TCD made it 7 – 3 with a penalty and on 28 minutes after a good wide attack and try they went ahead, 7 – 8.  Marys increased the pressure and soon afterwards, 31 minutes, Matt Opperman had a counterattack up along the clubhouse side touch line, he was challenged and kicked ahead, zoomed past all regathered and scored in the Well Corner, Jamie converted and it was 14 – 8. Continuous penalties from scrums on the TCD line, in injury time saw a penalty try awarded, so half time it was 21 – 8.

The second half was equally rapid and on 46 minutes, Trinity got back to 21 – 15 with a fine try, but Marys were not finished and kept in attack mode.  After a good passage of play and pressure on the TCD line, Mathew Timmons jinked and forced his way over in Carvill Corner through two haulers. Jamie converted from way out.  28 – 15.

That was it.

D O’Brien

Team (Rolling Replacements) 15 J Kennedy, 14 M Opperman, 13 C. Delaney, 12 P Lavelle, 11 L O’Regan, 10 M. Timmons, 9 C Gilsenan, 8 D MacDonnell, 7 E Conroy, 6. R Dowling-Cullen, 5 M Ridgeway, 4. L Curran, 3 C Ryan, 2 L Moran, 1 B Cullinane,. A Comerford, H Kelleher, B Hoey, D Daly.