UCD 29 Tallaght 12

University College Dublin R.F.C. 29

Tallaght R.F.C. 12

Tries: Niall Casey, Adam Nolan
Con: Willie Lambe

Winters Cup 1st Round
Belfield
30/01/16

UPDATE: UCD found to have fielded an unregistered player. Tie awarded to Tallaght

Tallaght travelled to Belfield to play UCD on the all-weather pitch on a bitterly cold, windy afternoon. They had the worst possible start when, straight from the kick-off, Brian Tyrrell was sent to the bin for a high tackle. Down to fourteen men and playing into the wind, Tallaght were soon under pressure and UCD had the first chance to score but pushed a penalty in front of the posts wide.  Tallaght defended well and survived the ten minutes of the yellow card without conceding a point.

Tallaght were struggling to get out of their half but when they did, they engineered the games’s first try. Scrum-half Niall Casey, making his first start for Tallaght, make a great break down the blindside but was tackled into touch in the corner. Tallaght contested the resulting UCD lineout and Tyrrell got a hand to it. Skipper Paul Cunningham gathered the ball and made a powerful run to within a metre of the line and then Casey pounced to get over the line. The conversion was missed but Tallaght led 5-0.

UCD hit back with a penalty and then they scored their first try of the match shortly before half-time to make it 8-3 to the students at the break. Tallaght started the second half strongly with good running from Ciaran Rudd and Emil Wyrebiak and they received a boost when UCD had a man yellow carded for a high tackle. Playing against 14 men with the wind behind them, this was the time for Tallaght to take advantage. However the opposite happened as UCD scored two converted tries while down a man.

First their number 11 made a remarkable run starting in his own 22. He broke several tackles to run the length of the pitch and score the try, which was brilliantly converted into the wind. Then UCD were over again following a fine break from their scrum-half. Emil Wyrebiak tried his best to prevent a touchdown but the referee awarded a penalty try against him for a high tackle, which looked a very harsh call. Suddenly it was 22-5 and Tallaght were chasing the game.

Tallaght played some of their best rugby in the last quarter and looked to be in for a try after good work from Rudd and Adam Nolan but Matt Knight’s offload was intercepted on the line and the chance went begging. Tallaght kept going and eventually Adam Nolan forced his way over for a try that was converted by Willie Lambe. Tallaght were within 10 points with five minutes to go, but any thoughts of a comeback were snuffed out by a UCD try that was once again the result of poor Tallaght tackling. They converted to make the final score 29-12 to UCD.

 

Man of the match: Niall Casey

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Colm O’Reilly
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Dave Clarke
11. Gavin McKeon
10. Willie Lambe
9. Niall Casey

8. Emil Wyrebiak
7. Vilius Kuklis
6. Kevin Quinn
5. Paul Cunningham
4. Brian Tyrrell
3. Tony McManus
2. Stephen Kelly
1. Sean Judd

Replacements

16. Adam Nolan
17. Alan Bernes
18. Aodhan Tinney
19. Karl Seagrave
20. Mark Conway
21. Matt Knight
22. Aaron Morgan
Report: Jim O’Connor

Guinness 1600

Tallaght RFC Senior Games 30-31st January 2016

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This Saturday, the 30th of January, Tallaght’s men’s team travel to Belfield to take on UCD in the Winters Cup, KO 2.30.

Then on Sunday, Tallaght’s Women’s team host De La Salle Palmerston in Tymon Park, KO 1PM.

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

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DLSP 27 Tallaght 17

De La Salle Palmerston R.F.C. 27

Tallaght R.F.C. 17

Tries: Pen Try, Dave Clarke, Vilius Kuklis
Con: Willie Lambe

Metro League Division 7
Kirwan Park
23/01/16

Tallaght made their second trip of the season to Stepaside as they took on DLSP in the Metro League. Talaght were well off the pace though in the first half as DLSP took a 17-0 lead with three tries, including one for former Tallaght player Trevor Byrne. Things improved in the second half and full back Simon Collie was about to score a try in the corner when he was tackled high. The referee awarded a penalty try but the conversion was missed which left the score at 17-5.

DLSP hit back though with a second try of the day for Byrne. The try was converted and they tacked on a penalty to lead 27-7. Tallaght finally came alive in the final 15 minutes. First smart work at a ruck by Tony McManus put Dave Clarke away for a try, which Willie Lambe converted. Then a barnstorming run by number eight Emil Wyrebiak put Tallaght in a good position and good hands from Ciaran Rudd put Vilius Kuklis in an excellent try in the corner. Suddenly Tallaght were within ten points and DLSP were panicking a little.

However two more chances were squandered and time ran out of Tallaght and the game finished 27-17 to DLSP, who were deserved winners. But Tallaght will be kicking themselves for that poor first half and the fact that they didn’t attack out wide earlier in the game.

 

Man of the match: Emil Wyrebiak

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Karl Seagrave
13. Willie Lambe
12. Dave Clarke
11. Alan Bernes
10. Morgan Farrell
9. Aodhan Tinney

8. Emil Wyrebiak
7. Vilius Kuklis
6. Brian Tyrrell
5. Joe Ivers
4. Paul Cunningham
3. Tony McManus
2. Simon Gaskell
1. Sean Judd

Replacements

16. Ciaran Rudd
17. Gavin McKeon
18. Stephen Kelly
19. Kevin Quinn

 

Jim O’Connor

Tallaght Tag Rugby

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Tallaght Tag Rugby

Are you counting down to Summer Time? Can’t wait for it to not be dark every time you leave work or college? Well why not have even more to look forward to and try something new and fun this summer!! Tag Rugby is a non-contact mixed sport, suitable for all ages and fitness levels and is organised with the help of the IRFU and Tallaght RFC.

 
Tag Rugby is about team playing and having the craic. Why not set up a team with your colleagues, grab a group of friends, family, or round up a few people off the street – sure it’s all for a bit of fun! Don’t worry if you’ve never played rugby before (or any sport at all) it’s easy for beginners to pick up the basics and learn along the way! Tallaght Tag Rugby will help you learn all you need to know to get the game started and you’ll pick up the rest as you go along.

 
Tallaght Rugby are delighted to announce this years Tag League will take place at Firhouse Community College with state-of-the-art facilities on site. Plus with even more people dedicated to organising Tallaght Tag, this year is bound to be one to remember. Try Tag for Free on May 12th to see what you think! The league runs from May 26th until July 21st and takes place on Thursday evenings. More details on how to register will be announced at a later date.

 

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Tallaght 0 Tullamore 10

Tallaght R.F.C. 0

Tullamore R.F.C. 10

Metro League Division 7
De la Salle College
09/01/16

Tallaght took on league leaders Tullamore in a match moved to De la Salle College’s pitch in Churchtown because Tymon Park was unavailable. Tullamore’s big pack is the basis of their success so far this season but Tallaght’s pack took them on, particularly when they drove a maul from inside their twenty two to near the halfway line. Eventually Tullamore’s size told though and after a series of strong carries they were rewarded with a penalty to take the lead after half an hour. Then, just before halftime, they broke through for a try under the posts, which they converted to take a 10-0 lead at the break.

In the second half Tullamore looked to kill the game off and they had Tallaght under immense pressure. But Tallaght’s defence was excellent, in particular centre Dave Clarke who got up off his line to make several crucial tackles. Going into the final 10 minutes Tullamore’s pack was clearly tiring and a magnificent carry by Aaron Morgan got Tallaght into a good field position. Centre Stephen Heaney was close to putting full back Simon Collie through for a try but the ball was knocked on. Then substitute Ciaran Rudd combined well with Adam Nolan and prop Tony McManus looked set to score but the ball came loose as it was being grounded. Tallaght deserved the score and the losing bonus point it would have brought but Tullamore were deserved 10-0 winners.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was proud of his team’s effort. “That’s as good a team as we’ll play all season and there was very little between us. We were just missing that little bit extra to take advantage of the chances we created. They thrashed us in the first league match of the season but today we made them work right to the end. It’s a measure of how far we’ve come as a team and I know we can get even better if we get the commitment from the whole group.”

 

Man of the match: Dave Clarke

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Alan Bernes
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Colm O’Reilly
10. Willie Lambe
9. Aodhan Tinney

8. Adam Nolan
7. Aaron Morgan
6. Kevin Quinn
5. Paul Cunningham
4. Joe Ivers
3. Tony McManus
2. Simon Gaskell
1. Dave Kelly

Replacements

16. Ciaran Rudd
17. Emil Wyrebiak
18. Mark Conway
19. Gavin McKeon
20. Chris Curtis
21. Stephen Kelly
22. Ken McGovern

 
Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght 20 NUIM Barnhall 27

Tallaght R.F.C. 20

Tries: Tony McManus, Simon Collie, Adam Nolan
Con: Adam Nolan
Pen: Adam Nolan

NUIM Barnhall R.F.C. 27

Metro League Division 7
Lakelands Park
12/12/15

Barnhall returned to the top of the Division 7 table with a hard fought win over Tallaght in what was a very entertaining contest. With Tymon Park unavailable due to the heavy rain, the match was played on Terenure’s excellent 4G all-weather pitch, which they very generously allowed Tallaght to use. Tallaght got off to a bright start but suffered a blow early in the match where their experienced out-half Willie Lambe was forced off the pitch with an ankle injury.

From a lineout Tallaght took the ball up to the line and Aodhan Tinney fed prop Tony McManus for Tallaght’s first try. With Lambe gone number eight Adam Nolan took over the goal-kicking duties and he converted for Tallaght to lead 7-0. Barnhall almost hit back straight away when their out-half darted through a gap to go over the line. But Gavin McKeon, making his first start on the wing, showed great persistence to force a knock-on before the ball was grounded. Tallaght got back up the pitch through good carrying from Sean Judd and Paul Cunningham and Barnhall were pressured into conceding multiple penalties close to their line.

Eventually the ball went wide and good hands from Stephen Heaney and Dave Clarke put prolific full back Simon Collie in for the try in the corner. The conversion was missed but Tallaght were in good shape with a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes. From this point Barnhall woke up and they dominated the rest of the half. Their hard-running backs were getting through the Tallaght defence and they were also targeting the wings with some smart tactical kicking. Eventually they got their reward with two tries, one of which they converted to leave the scores level at 12-all at half-time.

Tallaght got back into the game in the second half with Collie making some great counter-attacking runs from full back and Nolan making hard yards with some strong carries. Eventually the pressure led to a penalty which Nolan converted for Tallaght to retake the lead at 15-12. Barnhall came back well again though and after consistent pressure they levelled the scores again with a penalty converted in front of the posts. With ten minutes to go Barnhall got over for an unconverted try to go 20-15 ahead. Tallaght nearly hit back when Nolan went on an amazing run from deep in his own half, breaking several tackles along the way, but he was finally tackled close to the line and the chance was gone. Barnhall took advantage when they scored a converted try which effectively sealed their win. Tallaght kept fighting though and Nolan finally got the try his display deserved to make the final score 27-20 which at least earned Tallaght a losing bonus point.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh was disappointed with the result but proud of his teams performance. “That was one that got away. They’re a good side who are top of the league but we really put it up to them and got a great start. However, we were already missing a number of players and losing Willie so early in the game left the squad even more stretched and Barnhall made that count as the game went on. There’s no doubt we left a few good chances behind us, but I was proud of how the lads kept coming back at them right to the end. We’ve a break now until after Christmas but we really have a lot to look forward to with this team in the new year.”

 

Man of the match: Adam Nolan

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Karl Seagrave
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Gavin McKeon
10. Willie Lambe
9. Aodhan Tinney

8. Adam Nolan
7. Sean Judd
6. Kevin Quinn
5. Paul Cunningham
4. Joe Ivers
3. Tony McManus
2. Stephen Kelly
1. Dave Kelly

Replacements

16. John Cowan
17. Ken McGovern
18. Chris Curtis
19. Arran O’Loughlin

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght RFC 15 Navan RFC 08

Tallaght R.F.C. 15

Tries: Simon Collie, Dave Clarke
Con: Willie Lambe
Pen: Willie Lambe

Navan R.F.C. 08

Metro League Division 7
Tymon Park
28/11/15

After suffering a heavy defeat last week away to Greystones, Tallaght took on Navan in Tymon Park looking to get back on track. After the rain in the morning the pitch was heavy and the wind was blowing hard. However Tallaght got off to an excellent start when the backs worked Australian full back Simon Collie into space. He showed his excellent footwork once again to create a gap which he exploited for another try, his eighth in four starts for the team. Five minutes later and it appeared Collie was in for his second try but Aaaron Morgan’s pass, which had put him clear, was adjudged forward by the referee. After Tallaght’s bright start Navan gradually got into the game through their experienced pack. They attempted to maul over the line several times and they came close but Tallaght’s defence led by Simon Gaskell, Mark Conway and Dave Kelly kept them out and Tallaght led 5-0 at half time.

Tallaght started the second half well and after powerful runs from Paul Cunningham and Tony McManus, Simon Collie looked to be away again but Stephen Heaney’s pass was adjudged forward by the ref. Heaney made up for it with a series of crunching tackles and eventually Tallaght got the score their play deserved. After a smart run from scrum-half Aodhan Tinney, Kevin Quinn exploded into a powerful run and he offloaded inside superbly to centre Dave Clarke who ran in to score Tallaght’s second try. Willie Lambe converted and Tallaght led 12-0. In truth Tallaght should have made the game safe in the next ten minutes but two more good chances were wasted.

They left themselves open and Navan almost took advantage in the final twenty minutes. Their tall inside centre looked certain to score a try but Simon Collie saved the day with a superb last-man tackle. It was only a temporary respite though as the same Navan player squeezed in at the corner on the next play. Navan missed the conversion but at 12-5, they were suddenly within a score. Tallaght responded well though, working their way up the way up the pitch with a couple of excellent counterattacks from wing Karl Seagrave. The pressure led to Navan conceding a penalty and though it was a good distance out, Willie Lambe nailed it to make it 15-5.

Navan still didn’t give up though. They increasingly found gaps in Tallaght’s defence and had them under genuine pressure to protect their line. There was some terrific tackling from the likes of Stephen Kelly, Andrew Rudd and Sean Judd to keep the line intact. Navan kicked a penalty to make it 15-8, which earned them a thoroughly deserved bonus point, but Tallaght held firm in the final two minutes and the game finished appropriately with the outstanding Kevin Quinn winning the ball, kicking ahead and then driving the Navan player into touch.

Tallaght head coach Tom Leigh was very proud of his team after the game. “This win was all about the squad. We were missing fifteen players today for one reason or another but I am very proud of every single lad who started and the boys who came on. Every player knew their job and went out and played their heart out for the team. In terms of the man of the match I can’t separate Aaron Morgan and Kevin Quinn who were both outstanding in the back row. We’ve now played two games at Tymon Park this season and we’ve won both of them. We’ve two more home games before Christmas against quality teams in Tullamore and Barnhall but I want to make our ground a place other teams hate to come to. If everyone keeps up the effort and commitment I know we can get more points on the board beford Christmas.”

 

Joint Man of the match: Aaron Morgan/Kevin Quinn

 

Tallaght RFC

15. Simon Collie
14. Mark Conway
13. Stephen Heaney
12. Dave Clarke
11. Karl Seagrave
10. Willie Lambe
9. Aodhan Tinney

8. Simon Gaskell
7. Aaron Morgan
6. Kevin Quinn
5. Paul Cunningham
4. Sean Judd
3. Tony McManus
2. Stephen Kelly
1. Dave Kelly

Replacements

16. Kevin Ennis
17. Gavin McKeon
18. Emil Wyrebiak
19. Adam Nolan
20. Andrew Rudd
21. Aaran O’Loughlin
22. John Cowan