UCC Rugby lose out in local derby v Cork Con

Under the lights of the Mardyke Sports Grounds, Cork Constitution were the visitors to UCC in the AIL Division 1 A rugby league.  Cork Con were looking to cement their place at the top of the league while UCC were keen to rekindle the form from the earlier part of the season.

UCC started brightly, an early penalty gave UCC an attacking lineout on the Cork Con 22. Jack O’Sullivan made a half break, getting the offload away to Murray Linn.  Cork Con’s covering defence was on hand to cut out the danger.

Cork Con had a chance to open the scoring, but their penalty went wide of the posts.  Moments later, in a similar position they opted for the corner which resulted in a lineout on the 22.   The decision paid off as Wren touched down following a kick through.  A well struck conversion from Crowley from the touch line put Con into a 0-7 lead.

Powerful carry from O’Sullivan from a scrum puts UCC on the front foot. He gets the offload away to John Hodnett who wins a penalty. UCC opt for the posts from the 10m line however, Poland pulls it wide of the target.

Ryan Murphy puts Suttor through a hole. The second row chips over the full back but is just about second to the ball. UCC win a penalty 10 metres out & elect to kick at goal.  This time Poland made no mistake and gets UCC off the mark.

After a period of late pressure in the first half by UCC, they were awarded another penalty for high tackle.  Poland calmly put the ball between the posts to leave only a point in it at half time, 6-7

UCC failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage, with Con having a player still in the sin bin early in the second half.  Back to full strength again, Con win a penalty and opt for the posts to extend the gap to 4 points.

Despite some late pressure by UCC, Con’s experience shone through as they cleared their lines clinically on a number of occasions.  Finishing score line of 6-10 in favour of league leaders Cork Con, UCC will now regroup and head to Dublin at the end of the month to take on second place University College Dublin.

UCC v Cork Con – courtesy of PerfectLight Voicu Duma