DLSP 13 Tallaght 10

 

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Jack Russell at the back of a maul

 

De La Salle Palmerston R.F.C. 13

Tallaght R.F.C. 10

Try: Simon Collie
Con: Morgan Farrell
Pen: Morgan Farrell

Metro League Division 7
Kirwan Park
14/10/16

Tallaght took on DLSP on a rainy Friday night in Division 7 of the Metro League. The game was played under lights in Stepaside and the home side took the lead about ten minutes into the first half. They had worked their way down the line with a series of mauls and then were then awarded a penalty, which they kicked to touch. Tallaght stopped the initial maul but DLSP’s experienced pack kept recycling the ball and got over the line. The conversion was missed but DLSP led 5-0.

Other than that though, Tallaght had the better of the first twenty minutes and they had the home team camped in their own twenty two. Eventually they got their reward when full back Simon Collie took a clearance kick near the half-way line and ran it back down the sideline. He beat several defenders on a mazy run to score a superb try under the posts. Morgan Farrell converted the try and added on a penalty for Tallaght to lead 10-5 at half-time.

In the second half, Tallaght’s performance level dropped and they were undermining themselves with poor decision-making across the park. DLSP began to up the pressure and they had Tallaght trapped in their own twenty two facing wave after wave of attack. Finally their pack seized the ball and they drove over for another unconverted try to level the game at ten-all. Then after more pressure they won a penalty fifteen minutes from time which they kicked to lead 13-10. DLSP could have finished the game off but as the rain poured down, Tallaght’s defence held out with winger Ciaran Rudd making several crucial tackles. 13-10 was the final score with Tallaght having to settle for a losing bonus point for their night’s work.

Director of Rugby Luke Tyrrell was gutted for his team. “That’s twice now we’ve lost by a single score on the road, so it’s frustrating. We got a great start in the game but we left a few good scoring opportunities behind, which ultimately came back to haunt us. The second half was scrappy and our decision-making let us down, which allowed DLSP to take a grip of the game. I couldn’t fault the effort of the lads and they tackled their hearts out at the end to at least ensure we got a losing bonus point. It’s tough to lose another narrow one, but we’ll learn from this and will take it into the next game away to Blackrock”.

 

Man of the match: Ciaran Rudd

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Stephen Heaney
12. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Andew Rudd

8. Adam Nolan
7. Alan Sower
6. Jack Russell
5. Paul Cunningham (Captain)
4. Joe Ivers
3. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
1. Declan Malone

Replacements

16. Andrew Caswell
17. Sean Judd
18. Simon Gaskell
19. Kevin Quinn
20. Mitchell McGrath
21. Emil Wyrebiak
22. Gary Doyle

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Paul Cunningham contests a lineout

Jim O’Connor ©

Photos: Anne Kavanagh

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Jack Russell makes a break

Tallaght Senior Fixtures – Weekend 14th-16th October 2016

Shauna Power waits for the scrum
Shauna Power waits for the scrum

 

This Friday, the 14th of October, Tallaght’s men’s team travel to Stepaside to take on DLSP in the Metro League Division 7. Kick-off is 8PM.

Then on Sunday, the 16th of October, Tallaght women’s team host Portlaoise in Division 4 of the Women’s League. Please note the venue has been changed to the pitch opposite Firhouse Community College. Kick-off is 12.30PM.

Please make your best effort to get out and support both teams.

 

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Tallaght 24 Wanderers 28

Audrey Fulham wins a lineout
Audrey Fulham wins a lineout

 

Tallaght R.F.C. 24

Tries: Sarah Obafemi 3, Ann Meenagh
Con: Anne Kavanagh 2

Wanderers R.F.C. 28

Womens League Division 4
Tymon Park
02/10/16

Tallaght’s women’s team played their first home match of the season as they welcomed Wanderers to Tymon Park in Division 4 of the Women’s League. Wanderers started the stronger and put Tallaght under pressure. Tallaght couldn’t get out of their half and eventually Wanderers broke through the Tallaght defence to scored a try which they converted to lead 7-0. Tallaght suffered a blow when they lost out-half Ciara Meenagh with a hamstring strain, but they hit back with a great try from winger Sarah Obafemi, who was put into space in her own half and simply ran around the Wanderers defence to score under the posts. Anne Kavanagh converted and Tallaght were level. Wanderers hit back and they were well drilled and looked certain to score but a superb tackle from skipper Catherine Murphy saved the day. Then Tallaght showed good hands again to put Obafemi in space and once again she showed her pace to go the length of the pitch to score. This time Anne Kavanagh’s conversion kick came up just short, but it gave Tallaght a 12-7 lead at half-time.

Sarah Obafemi scores her hat-trick try
Sarah Obafemi scores her hat-trick try

The game ebbed and flowed in the second half, but then Wanderers scored two tries in two minutes to turn the game on it’s head. First their powerful pack broke through after hammmering on the Tallaght defence repeatedly. Then from the restart they chased up a kick and retrieved the ball to score another try. Both were converted and now Wanderers led 21-12. Tallaght could have let their heads drop at that point but they rallied and it was that woman again, Sarah Obafemi, who scored another fantastic long range try, making it a hat-trick of tries for two weeks in a row. Kavanagh convertd and Tallaght were back within two points at 21-19. Wanderers hit back again though with a fine converted try to make it 28-19. However Tallaght found to the end and with the final play of the game, Ann Meenagh barged over the line for a well deserved try as she tackled like a demon all day. It made the final score 28-24 and though Tallaght were gutted to lose, they played some fine rugby and are developing nicely as a team.

 

Woman of the match: Ann Meenagh

 

TALLAGHT RFC

1. Catherine Murphy (Captain)
2. Marissa Crane
3. Leone Eugene
4. Ann Meenagh
5. Audrey Fulham
6. Shauna Power
7. Ciara Meenagh
8. Anne Kavanagh
9. Lorraine Cleary
10. Sarah Obafemi

Replacements:

16. Ciara McLaughlin
17. Tosin Omiyale
18. Aoife Davoren

Shauna Power waits for the scrum
Shauna Power waits for the scrum

Tallaght RFC 42 Navan RFC 20

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Skipper Paul Cunningham rises to contest a ball at the lineout

Tallaght R.F.C. 42

Tries: Ciaran Rudd 2, Stephen Heaney, Jack Russell, David Clarke
Con: Morgan Farrell 4
Pen: Morgan Farrell 3

Navan R.F.C. 20

Metro League Division 7
Tymon Park
01/10/16

Tallaght returned to winning ways with a comprehensive defeat of Navan at Tymon park in Division 7 of the Metro League. After struggling to get going in the previous week against UCD, Tallaght hit the ground running this time and scored their first try after ten minutes. Navan were turned over in Tallaght’s twenty-two and the ball was spun wide. Adam Nolan put Ciaran Rudd away down the line with a sweet pass and Rudd skinned his man and ran 70 metres to score under the posts. Morgan Farrell converted and swiftly added on a penalty to make it 10-0 to Tallaght.

Navan tried to get back into the game but Tallaght’s defence was excellent with flanker Mitchell McGrath and centres Stephen Heaney and David Clarke putting in several big hits. Then after 24 minutes Tallaght ran the ball out of the own half with Nolan finding fellow back row Jack Russell with a fine pop pass. Russell in turn put Clarke into space and he put Heaney away down the middle. The centre sold a couple of dummies on his way to scoring a magnificent team try. Farrell converted and added on another penalty to make it 20-0 to Tallaght. Tallaght still weren’t finished though and from a botched Navan lineout, Russell snapped up the loose ball and drove forward. The ball was worked wide and Ciaran Rudd again skinned his man to score his second try, which Morgan again converted to make it 27-0 to Tallaght at half-time.

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Simon Collie leads a counter attack

With such a big lead and a raft of substitutions, Tallaght lost focus in the second half. Navan first kicked ahead and when Tallaght full back Simon Collie took a boot to the face trying to gather the ball, they pounced to score the try in the corner. Then they got their big, experienced pack going and after a series of pick and drives, they got over the line to make the score 27-10. Tallaght responded well though when Collie made an excellent counter-attacking run to bring the ball into the Navan twenty-two. Scrum-half Andrew Rudd spotted Paul Cunningham on the blindside and the skipper nearly made it but Russell followed up and showed his strength to get over the line to make it 32-10 to Tallaght.

Navan kept coming though and they scored two more unconverted tries, first when their pack drove over again and then when their full-back scored in the corner. That made it 32-20 and Tallaght were annoyed at themselves to have allowed Navan back within two scores. However they responded superbly to finish the game off on a high. First a strong Sean Judd carry helped to earn a penalty which Morgan Farell kicked to make it 35-20. And then David Clarke put the finishing touch on a man of the match display by breaking away to score a fine try under the posts. Farrell converted to make it seven out of eight from the tee in an excellent display of kicking which yielded 17 points. The late rally made the final score 42-20 to Tallaght.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his team’s display. “The first half was excellent with some great tries and superb defence. I was delighted with the intensity we brought from the start and our set-piece was rock solid. The second half got a little bit sloppy and there’s some things we’ll need to work on in training, but overall there was a lot of positives. We’ve two weeks now to prepare for our next game away to DLSP but this win has put us in good shape in the league and gives us something to build on.”

 

Man of the match: David Clarke

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Stephen Heaney
12. David Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Andew Rudd

8. Adam Nolan
7. Jack Russell
6. Mitchell McGrath
5. Paul Cunningham (Captain)
4. Joe Ivers
3. Tony McManus
2. Ken McGovern
1. Nigel Foster

 

Replacements

 

16. Andrew Caswell
17. Stephen Kelly
18. Alan Sower
19. Liam Kenny
20. Sean Judd
21. Willie Lambe
22. Karl Seagrave

 

Jim O’Connor ©

 

Photos: Anne Kavanagh

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Ken McGovern and Andrew Rudd combine to make a tackle

 

Tallaght Senior Fixtures – Weekend 1st-2nd October 2016

 

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This Saturday, the 1st of October, Tallaght’s men’s team host Navan in the Metro League Division 7 in Tymon Park. Please note that the kick-off have been moved forward to 1.30PM.

Then on Sunday, the 2nd of October, Tallaght women’s team play Wanderers in Division 4 of the Women’s League, also in Tymon Park.

 

Please make your best effort to get out and support both teams.

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Dublin University 20

Tallaght R.F.C. 19

Tries: Sarah Obafemi 3
Con: Caoimhe Young 2

Womens League Division 4
College Park
25/09/16

Tallaght’s women’s team kicked off their league campaign away to Trinity College. They got a great start when after five minutes, winger Sarah Obafemi was put into space and streaked away to score a great try under the posts. She repeated the dose five minutes later with another spectacular try from even further out. Young converted again and Tallaght led 14-0. Trinity came back into the game after that though, scoring two tries to make it 14-10 at half-time.

Tallaght came out strongly in the second half. Newcomers Shauna Power, Audrey Fullham and Leone Eugene were all playing their first competitive game of rugby but they acquitted themselves superbly, throwing themselves into tackles. Ciara McLaughlin was dangerous on the counter attack and skipper Catherine Murphy put in her usual big shift as a ball carrier.

Trinity’s passing game was that big sharper though and they scored two more unconverted tries to lead 20-14. Tallaght weren’t finished though and once again Sarah Obafemi was the danger. She was fed the ball from a scrum and she simply ran around the Trinity team to score her hat-trick try. Caoimhe Young struck the difficult conversion very well but it fell just agonisingly short.

Tallaght kept going to try to get the winning score but Trinity held on for the win. However it was an excellent display from Tallaght which promises a lot for the season to come.

 

Woman of the match: Leone Eugene

 

TALLAGHT RFC

1. Leone Eugene
2. Marissa Crane
3. Catherine Murphy (Captain)
4. Rachel Davis
5. Audrey Fullham
6. Shauna Power
7. Caoimhe Young
8. Anne Kavanagh
9. Ciara McLaughlin
10. Sarah Obafemi

Replacements:
16. Lorraine Cleary
17. Jody Fogarty

 

Jim O’Connor ©

U.C.D. 22 Tallaght 17

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U.C.D. 22

Tallaght R.F.C. 17

Tries: Simon Collie, Adam Nolan
Con: Morgan Farrell 2
Pen: Morgan Farrell

Metro League Division 7
Belfield
24/09/16

 

Tallaght started their league campaign with a narrow defeat away to UCD. Tallaght never got going in the first half and UCD weren’t great either in the wet conditions which saw a huge amount of knock-ons. Still, UCD managed to score two tries and a penalty to take a 17-0 lead at half-time. They didn’t do anything special for their scores, they just got their forwards rucking up phase after phase until the scores came. There were positives for Tallaght in the displays of flanker Jack Russell, who was masterful at the breakdown and Nigel Foster, who put in a serious shift in his first start for the club at tighthead prop.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was furious with the effort of his team in the first half and he demanded an improvement in the second half. It was slow in coming but with twenty minutes to go, substitute Rob Hudson finally provided Tallaght with the spark they needed when he took a loose kick and speed down the wing. He was tackled but got the ball away and it was worked to the try-scoring machine that is Simon Collie and he made no mistake to make it 17-7. Morgan Farrell added on the conversion. It got better again for Tallaght when a powerful Jack Russell carry earned a penalty which Farrell kicked to reduce the defecit to 17-10.

Tallaght kept on working though and Dave Clarke sold a dummy to fool the UCD defence and offloaded to second row Joe Ivers who had taken an excellent supporting line. Ivers showed superb composure to find the supporting Adam Nolan who rounded the last defender to touch down under the posts. Farrell kicked the conversion and Tallaght were level with ten minutes to go.

Tallaght had come back from the dead and had a real chance to win the game but it didn’t happen. Instead UCD took advantage of a bothced Tallaght scrum to get over the line for the winning try to win the game 22-17.

In truth, the losing bonus point was as much as Tallaght deserved. They waited nearly sixty minutes before they got their game going and when they did, they were sensational, but it was too late. They need to find a way themselves to get that spark into the game earlier.

 

Man of the match: Jack Russell

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Gary Doyle
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Dave Clarke
11. Gavin McKeon
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Andrew Rudd

8. Adam Nolan
7. Kevin Quinn
6. Jack Russell
5. Joe Ivers
4. Paul Cunningham
3. Nigel Foster
2. Simon Gaskell
1. Sean Judd

 

Replacements

 

16. Stephen Kelly
17. Liam Kenny
18. Karl Seagrave
19. Alan Sower
20. Andrew Rudd
21. Robert Hudson
22. A.N.Other (If they ever show up!)
Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght Senior Fixtures – Weekend 24th-25th September 2016

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This Saturday, the 24th of September, Tallaght’s men’s team travel to Belfield to take on UCD in their opening Metro Division 7 League game of the season (KO 3PM).

Then on Sunday, the 25th, Tallaght women’s team play their first league game of the season in Division 4 of the Women’s League. They play Dublin University in College Park in Trinity College (KO 1PM) which is a change from the original venue of Santry.

Please make your best effort to get out and support both teams.

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Tallaght 26 Railway Union 25

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Tallaght R.F.C. 26

Tries: Aaron Morgan, Simon Collie, David Clarke, Sean Judd
Con: Morgan Farrell, Adam Nolan 2

Railway Union R.F.C. 25

John Madden Cup (J4) Semi-final
Tymon Park
17/09/16

 

Tallaght beat Railway Union in a nail-biter of a semi-final of the John Madden Cup in Tymon Park.  The game took a good while to ignite though and the first twenty minutes were scoreless.  Tallaght were flat at the start and they struggled badly at the breakdown and a young and quick Railway backline were finding gaps. Railway looked to be in for a try midway through the first half, but Tallaght wing Ciaran Rudd intervened superbly, first making an ankle tap tackle and then hitting the ruck to reclaim the ball. Unfortunately when the ball was recycled, Morgan Farrell’s clearance kick was charged down and Railway followed up to touch down for a try. The conversion was missed but Railway led 5-0.

 

Tallaght’s response wasn’t long in coming though. First wing Gavin McKeon chased up and charged down a clearance kick. He regathered and got close to the line but his pass was knocked on. Then from the restart, Tallaght went close to a try again but Adam Nolan’s pass was knocked on with the line begging. Finally, substitute Simon Collie caught a loose clearance kick and stepped inside his man to break the line. He offloaded to replacement flanker Aaron Morgan who powered through two tackles to score the try. Morgan Farrell kicked the conversion and Tallaght briefly led 7-5, however Railway kicked a penalty to make the half-time score 8-7 to the visitors.

 

Tallaght continued to struggle to win ball in the second half. They were continually being penalised at the breakdown and they couldn’t get their lineout working. Too often Railway were breaking first up tackles from Tallaght that were too high and they increased their lead with another penalty to take it to 11-7.  But then Tallaght turned the game on it’s head with two tries in three minutes. First Stephen Heaney’s deft inside pass put replacement back Emil Wyrebiak into space. He made great ground and then offloaded over his head before he was caught and Simon Collie took the pass perfectly and stepped the Railway full back to score a great try under the posts. Nolan added the extras and Tallaght led by three.  Then deep in Tallaght’s half Collie showed his class again.  He took the ball from the back of a ruck and sped away. He made it deep into the Railway 22 before being caught but he offloaded to the supporting Andrew Rudd who kept his cool and passed the ball across the line for centre David Clarke to finish off a fantastic score under the posts. Nolan converted again to make it 21-11 to Tallaght.

 

Once again though Tallaght’s poor discipline let down and after they were repeatedly penalised at the breakdown, Railway got over for a converted try to make it 21-18. Tallaght hit back though with the bench making a big impact, as first Karl Seagrave took a great line on the inside to make the break and Andrew Rudd took another excellent supporting line. The scrum-half broke clear and expertly drew his man to put Sean Judd away and the prop showed great determination to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Tallaght now led 26-18 with five minutes left. Railway fought to the end and scored another converted try to make the final score 26-25 to Tallaght, who progress to the final where they’ll meet Coolmine in the final next year.

 

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was delighted with his side’s resilience. “There was lots that didn’t go right today in our performance today and we know we can play a lot better, but we showed our character and came up with quality scores when it mattered against a very good team. We’ll park this tournament for now and we look forward to the start of the league next week away to UCD.  On behalf of the players and the coaching team, I want to thank the many friends and family who came down to support the team today.  Their support drove our boys on and contributed to a fantastic match.”

 

Man of the match: Simon Collie

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Gary Doyle
14. Gavin McKeon
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Ciaran Rudd
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Niall Casey

8. Adam Nolan
7. Mitchell McGrath
6. Jack Russell
5. Joe Ivers
4. Paul Cunningham (Captain)
3. Tony McManus
2. Simon Gaskell
1. Declan Malone

Replacements

16. Sean Judd
17. Andrew Caswell
18. Aaron Morgan
19. Karl Seagrave
20. Andrew Rudd
21. Emil Wyrebiak
22. Simon Collie
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