Lansdowne Tigers hosted the Greystone's U12 second team at Lansdowne Road on a very cold and bitter morning.
If ever there was a game of two halves then this was it !!!! The Tigers had obviously got all they wanted from Santa and in return decided as promised to their ever patient coaches to start with the commitment we all know they have. In what was the best 20 minutes of rugby they put together this year, phase after phase of dazzling rugby with all members of the team contributing to a fantastic attacking display from the kick off. As ever Matthew Escott’s strong running produced two superb trys which bookended two touch downs, one from the highly impressive Jamie Kavanagh and the other from our pack leader Luon Rodgers.
Hugo Mulligan and Jake Hickey ran excellent first half lines and with Michael Ryan taking clever angles it seemed that everything we tried paid off. Marcus Nagle and Ethan Lynch ran hard and recycled ball well , coming off the wing and not giving cheap turnovers. Greystones got a great individual try from there sidestepping outhalf just at the whistle to make it 4-1 at halftime. Eoin McKeown came on to great effect in the second half replacing Harry Cullen who had another very solid showing in the scrums and the loose.
The team had been warned at halftime that this was a good Greystone outfit that just hadn’t clicked and if they did would be a real menace in the second half as they had a number of very strong runners. There was also a level of complacency as we could do no wrong in the first half, years of bitter experience on the coaching staff had thought them that rugby is a very fickle game and if you switch off its very hard to turn it back on again and so it was to be an exact reversal of the first half. We could do very little right and they could do no wrong!!!!
Three superb broken field running tries later and we are in a real jam, and then out of nowhere Harvey O’Reilly Dempsey danced through their entire pack , we recycled as we had done in the now distant first half and Hugo Mulligan pounced over in the corner to relief of everyone involved. The final whistle couldn’t come quick enough and yet wouldn’t you know Greystones put in one huge final push deep into injury time with Mr Colbert pulling his hair out to get the pitch , it seemed as if the last play would never end but to Lansdowne’s enormous credit Jamie Kavanagh turned it over, Hugo Mulligan booted it out and cue massive sighs of relief from players coaches and parents alike.
Final Score : Lansdowne Tigers 5 Greystones 4
(Author : Conor Lynch)
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