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Malone 29pts - Trinity 27pts; October 9th 2010;

Trinity travelled north to Belfast on Saturday and were beaten by two points in a game they should possibly have won. Malone who were hot after their great win at Old Wesley (39-3) last week fielded a team with three full time Ulster professionals and started strongly, building an eight point lead in ten minutes after some shoddy defence by the students.

Trinity came back and dominated the first half into the wind with a great display of ball control - forwards and backs mixing play well against aggressive defence. Full Back James O’Donoghue opened the visitor’s points tally with a well struck penalty. The Trinity backs then opened up the Malone defence with left wing Shane Hanratty finishing off a well constructed move.

Shane Hanratty followed up his first try, when he got a “charge down” and ran it in unopposed for another try. 15-8 up Trinity continued to deny the home team the ball and played some excellent rugby probing the home defence for weaknesses. Hanratty looked to have scored again when he was put away from a superb back line move. He was controversially judged to have stepped into touch. But from the ensuing line out captain and #8 Scott Lavalla drove over for the try.

20pts to 8 up at half time and with the wind behind them in the second half the students looked poised to run away with the game. But the Malone came back hard and managed to score two well taken tries of their won after some poor defending by Trinity. They secured a bonus point with 18 minutes to go to edge ahead 29-20.

Trinity aided by their excellent bench, got back into their game plan and threw everything at the home team. After heavy pressure on the home line Captain Scott LaValla dived in to get the students back into scoring range. At 29-27 the game was now set for a nerve tingling finale. Trinity inevitably inched their way into goal kicking range. The Malone defence was desperate and infringed setting up the last minute penalty 35 metres out straight in front of the posts. The two Trinity kickers had missed five previous kicks so nothing was certain under that pressure, and the ball was crucially kicked wide right to the approval of the happy home supporters delight.

The positives are that Trinity played some excellent rugby particularly in the first half. With two bonus points Trinity at least came away with something. The Students now take a week off and then travel again to Belfast to play Belfast Harlequins who are also on six points from two games.

15 James O’Donoghue, 14 Neil Hanratty, 13 Conor Colclough (Tim McCoy 55), 12 Paul Galbraith, 11 Shane Hanratty, 10 Ciaran Wade, 9 Michael McLoughlin (Sam Bell 60), 1 Colm Goode (Paul McFeely 53), 2 Mark Murdoch (Craig Telford 58), 3 James Gethings, 4 Colin McDonnell, 5 Max Waters, 6 Hugh Kelleher (Alan Mathews 50), 7 Dominic Gallagher, 8 Scott LaValla.

Other news; Trinity J1s play Lansdowne in Ballychorus tomorrow night (Tuesday) 7.30pm Kick off.

Trinity U20s in the first league game of the season, had an impressive win 22-17 in College Park against a strong St Marys XV. Left wing Niyi Adeolukan scored two tries, and scrum half Dave Fanagan scored a nice long range effort in the first half.

The U20s Pennant XV had their game cancelled as Monkstown could not field a team

Trinity J3s lost a close one 8-3 against Bective.

Trinity J4s drew with Navan 8-8 in their first game of the season in Santry.

Last updated 2 September 2011 by (Email).