Tallaght 1st 43 Dublin University 7

Jack Russell goes over the line to score

Tallaght 1st R.F.C. 43

Try: Simon Collie, Karl Segrave, Rob Hudson, Aaron Morgan, Ciaran Rudd, Jack Russell, Stephen Kelly
Con: Rob Hudson 4

Dublin University R.F.C. 7

O’Connor Cup Quarter-final
Tymon Park
14/04/2018

Tallaght took on Trinity College in the quarter-final of the O’Connor Cup looking to bounce back from the disappointing loss in the league final last week. Tallaght started brightly and were getting the ball out wide with some simple but smart passing. Jack Russell and Adam Nolan combined to put centre Simon Collie into space and the centre torched the Trinity defence for an excellent try.

It wasn’t long before the next try came down the same flank. Dave Clarke, Russell and Nolan again started the move with good passing and prop Al Sower was put away down the line. He showed good composure to put wing Karl “Moonbeam” Segrave away and he scored a fine try under the posts. Rob Hudson converted to make it 12-0 to Tallaght.

As a division 9 team Trinity were always up against it but they showed some spirit and came back hard at Tallaght. They forced Tallaght to concede a large number of penalties and eventually made the pressure pay by scoring a converted try to make it 12-7. Tallaght hit back almost straight away though when Rob Hudson chipped ahead and then regathered his kick to race away for an outstanding individual try.

He converted his own try to make it 19-7 and he was on target again five minutes later when he converted Aaron Morgan’s try after the flanker burst through from a scrum. Full back Ciaran Rudd then finished the scoring for the half with a superb score that started in his own half to leave the half-time score at 31-7.

With the game effectively won, Tallaght lacked intensity in the second half which was a much scrappier affair. Andy Caswell made several big carries with the ball but Tallaght were lacking the same accuracy in their passing to take advantage. Finally skipper Jack Russell lost patience and just smashed his way through four tacklers for a try which Hudson converted. Then with the final play of the game the Tallaght pack mauled the ball over the line and hooker Stephen Kelly emerged with the ball after scoring his first try of the season. This made the final score 43-7.

Head coach Tom Leigh was pleased with his team’s performance. “We were a little stretched for numbers today with the seconds playing away at the same time. But the lads won the game early and we were always comfortable. We’ve now got UCD next week in the semi-final at home. If we win that we’ll likely get another crack at Old Wesley in the final. It will be a step up next week so we know there are areas that we’ll need to improve on but we’ll work on them during the week.”

Tallaght take on UCD next Saturday at Tymon Park. With the big Leinster game at the Aviva, there is an early kick-off time of 12.00 noon.

 

Man of the match: Andrew Caswell

 

Tallaght 1sts

15. Ciaran Rudd
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Simon Collie
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Karl Segrave
10. David Clarke
9. Rob Hudson

1. Alan Sower
2. Stephen Kelly
3. Andy Caswell
4. Joe Ivers
5. Paul Cunningham
6. Aaron Morgan
7. Jack Russell (Captain)
8. Adam Nolan

Replacements:

16. Daniel Pomares

 

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Mark Luttrell

Aaron Morgan
Al “Sweet or” Sower
Andy Caswell

 

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 14th-15th April 2018

After last week’s heart-breaking defeat in the league final, the Tallaght men’s first team have to get back on the horse as they’re in cup action this weekend. They take on Trinity College in the O’Connor Cup this Saturday the 14th April. Tallaght beat them heavily in last season’s competition but they can’t afford to be complacent. However if they win they’ll face UCD (who they’ve beaten twice this season) in the semi-final. Kick-off is at 3.00PM in Tymon Park.

As the same time the Tallaght men’s seconds team are away to Stillorgan in the playoffs for Dr Kieran Foley Cup. Kick-off is at 3.00PM and the venue is the Three Rock Rovers ground in Rathfarnham.

In the youths the Bisto’s girls have training at St. Mary’s at 6.30 Friday.  On Sunday all youths training in Firhouse – 10am for minis under 8’s and under 10’s and all older youths training at 10.30am.

 

Old Wesley 31 Tallaght 1st 7

Adam Nolan

Old Wesley R.F.C. 31

Tallaght 1st R.F.C. 7

Try: Aaron Shanahan
Con: Adam Nolan

Metro League Division 7
Donnybrook
07/04/2018

Tallaght took on Old Wesley in the Metro League Divison 7 final. Having lost in the final last season Tallaght travelled to Donnybrook looking to go one better. However Tallaght were strangely flat in the first half and Wesley dominated possession. They had Tallaght under constant pressure and eventually scored from a maul to lead 5-0.

Wesley targeted the Tallaght lineout successfully and without this platform Tallaght simply couldn’t find a way into the game. What little possession Tallaght had was either knocked on or turned over. Tallaght then suffered a blow when prop Andy Grace was shown a yellow card for not rolling away at a ruck, which was quite harsh considering the referee had ignored Wesley doing the same thing on several occasions. With a man down Tallaght struggled to contain Wesley and they out-flanked Tallaght twice down their left hand side for two unconverted tries. They tacked on a penalty to lead 18-0 at half-time.

In the second half Tallaght needed a strong start but Wesley were full of confidence now and their excellent offloading game combined with some poor Tallaght defence earned them two more unconverted tries and they led 28-0 after fifty minutes. Finally Tallaght came to life led by Adam Nolan who put full back Simon Collie away and he looked certain to score a try until he was stopped close to the line by a high tackle which earned the Wesley winger a yellow card. Tallaght couldn’t score from that penalty but did finally score after sixty minutes when Ciaran Rudd put Aaron Shanahan away down the line and the winger showed great pace to round his man and score under the posts. Adam Nolan converted to make it 28-7.

Now Tallaght were in the game and they were playing with a lot more aggression and ambition. Wesley were under pressure and they were forced into conceding a series of penalties which eventually saw a second Wesley player yellow carded. However when Tallaght got into the Wesley twenty two, the ball was either turned over at the ruck or knocked on and any chance of a comeback ebbed away. Wesley were awarded a penalty which they kicked in the final act of the game to make the final score 31-7. Wesley were deserved winners and are fine champions but Tallaght will be frustrated that they didn’t play to their true ability until it was too late.

Head coach Tom Leigh was disappointed for his team. “First off congratulations to Old Wesley who were the better team on the day. I’m gutted for the lads because they have worked so hard, but if we’re honest with ourselves we just didn’t play to our usual standard for the first fifty minutes. When we did get going we put them under real pressure and if we started like that, it would have been a very different game. I want to thank the huge number of supporters who came out and shouted the lads on to the end. A number of Old Wesley members approached me after the game to say how impressed they were with the passion shown by our supporters. We’re disappointed but our season is far from over as we have a cup match next Saturday against Trinity College. We ask the supporters to stick with us and come up to Tymon Park next Saturday. Despite the result it was still great for the club to get to the final and bring so many supporters to Donnybrook. We also got great support from the local community in the build-up to the final with local businesses and social media pages wishing us well. We’d love to reward our great supporters with some silverware and we’re going to do everything in our power to make that happen.”

 

Man of the match: Adam Nolan

 

Tallaght 1sts

15. Simon Collie
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Rob Hudson
10. David Clarke
9. Andy Rudd

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andrew Grace
4. Joe Ivers
5. Mark Keogh
6. Aaron Morgan
7. Jack Russell (Captain)
8. Adam Nolan

Replacements:

16. Karl Segrave
17. Stephen Kelly
18. Paul Cunningham
19. Andy Caswell
20. Daniel Pomares
21. Sean Judd

 

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh & Mark Luttrell

Aaron Shanahan
Andy Caswell
Rob Hudson

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 7th-8th April 2018

There’s just the one senior fixture this weekend for the senior teams but it’s the talk of the town. The Tallaght Rugby men’s team are in the final of the Metro League Division 7 against Old Wesley in Donnybrook Stadium.

It’s the second year in a row that Tallaght have made the final.

Read the preview here and there is some important information for supporters here.

Metro League Division 7 – Final
Saturday 7th April 2018
Old Wesley v Tallaght 1st
Donnybrook Stadium
Kick-off 3.00PM

In the youths the Bisto’s girls have training at St. Mary’s at 6.30 Friday. Then on Saturday the under 10’s travel to Tullamore for the Aviva Festival, kick off 9.30am. On Sunday all youths training in Firhouse – 10am for minis under 8’s and under 10’s and all older youths training at 10.30am.

Adam Nolan
Ciaran Rudd
Simon Collie
Dave Clarke
Karl “Moonbeam” Segrave

 

 

 

Supporter info for Saturday’s final

Here is some useful information for Tallaght supporters going to the final on Saturday in Donnybrook Stadium.

The Metro League final will take place on the back pitch in the stadium. This is because the Old Wesley first team are hosting Ballynahinch in an AIL match at 2.30. However supporters won’t be charged the usual entrance fee once they make it clear they are attending to watch the Tallaght match.

For those driving over, they will be no parking in the stadium itself as this is reserved on match days. There is some free parking on Saturdays on nearby Eglington Road but with the Leinster match on at the same time in the RDS this could be taken early. This is ample pay street parking available however.

For those wishing to leave the car at home the public transport options are plentiful, but you do need to go through town as there isn’t a direct bus from Tallaght to Donnybrook. So it’s a bus or the luas into town but then there are plenty of regular buses that will leave you outside the stadium including the 46A which can be caught from O’Connell Street and the 145 which can be caught from D’Olier street.

For those attending who don’t have Tallaght RFC gear, please wear navy and red which are the club colours. And home-made signs of support are welcome too.

So please make the trip across and shout on the lads!

D4 v D24 – Metro League Division 7 Final Preview

Tallaght Rugby club are in the final of the Metro League Division 7.

They head to the heart of Leinster rugby to take on Old Wesley in Donnybrook Stadium this coming Saturday at 3PM.

It’s the second year in a row that Tallaght have made the Division 7 final. Last year they took on DLSP but in the three regular season games they lost each time. This created an understandable lack of belief going into the final and even though Tallaght found bravely and actually led narrowly for three-quarters of the match, DLSP duly won in the end.

This year is different though!

Tallaght face Old Wesley, a team they’ve played twice this season without losing. The first time they played each other it was in Tymon Park and the young Wesley team roared into a 12-0 lead after ten minutes. It looked like it would be a long and tough day at the office for Tallaght but then Tallaght went and scored seven tries and converted six of them! It was the sort of day when everything Tallaght tried came off and they cruised home 47-17 in the end. The Wesley players were visibly shocked leaving the pitch! 

The next time Tallaght played Wesley it was a re-arranged fixture in March due to the disruption caused by the snow. So Tallaght played on a main pitch in Donnybrook on a horrible wet Wednesday night under lights. By that stage Tallaght looked like they were going to be squeezed out of the final as a result of a couple of poor away defeats to Bective and Seapoint, two game Tallaght really should have won.

Tallaght had set themselves a task to win the last three games to get to the final but the game away to Wesley wasn’t going to plan. With twenty minutes to go they were 13-0 down and the situation was drastic. However Tallaght showed real character and stuck together as a team. Adam Nolan scored 13 points from a try, a conversion and two penalties to earn Tallaght a draw. The draw pretty much guaranteed Wesley’s place in the final but crucially, it left Tallaght’s fate in their own hands. They now really had to win their last two games and they won the first one 52-24 away to UCD.

Next up though was Seapoint who had led the league for virtually the whole season. Tallaght needed to not only beat them, they also needed to win by eight points or more to deny them a losing bonus point.

Tallaght won 24-0!

So Tallaght got to the final with something to spare but Old Wesley have home advantage due to having lost one fewer game over the season.

Tallaght coach Tom Leigh is very proud of his team’s achievements so far. “Tallaght rugby club have reached the league final for the second year in a row and it’s not by chance. It has come about from hard work and commitment from all the players and all the other club members working together to achieve the goal of progressing Tallaght Rugby Club to reach their full potential. Tallaght Rugby Club is very much part of the community and Saturday’s final is a massive chance for our team to show to the community how proud we are of Tallaght. We hope all the community will get behind us and make that push to bring home our first official Leinster title back to Tallaght and in doing so put rugby to the fore and encourage more kids to pick up a rugby ball and join our Club. Hopefully one day Tallaght can produce players to represent Leinster and Ireland. All the team and management are looking forward to the massive challenge that awaits us on Saturday and we are focusing on getting the performance right and really enjoying the experience  against a massive club in Old Wesley in Donnybrook.”

The support for the men’s team this season has been exemplary. The sideline has been full of wives, girlfriends, children, friends and family at both home and away games. There has been mutual support between the men’s and women’s teams too with each team turning up to support the other and this has brought the whole club closer together.

But for this game we want to expand even beyond that and invite anyone from Tallaght, regardless of whether they know anyone on the team, to come to Donnybrook next Saturday to support their local side.

So if anyone is free, please come over and support the lads and hopefully they can reward everyone by bringing the trophy back to Tallaght.

Don’t stop believing!!!! 

 

Metro League Division 7 – Final
Saturday 7th April 2018
Old Wesley v Tallaght 1st
Donnybrook Stadium
Kick-off 3.00PM

League final details confirmed

Karl Segrave

The details have been confirmed for the Metro League Division 7 final.  It’s this Saturday the 7th of April with a 3PM kick-off. We want to get a big crowd over from Tallaght to support the lads so stayed tuned for a preview piece that we want people to share on social media to promote the game.  

Metro League Division 7 – Final
Saturday 7th April 2018
Old Wesley v Tallaght 1st 
Donnybrook Stadium
Kick-off 3.00PM

Tony McManus

Tallaght 1st 24 Seapoint 0

Jack Russell

Tallaght 1st R.F.C. 24

Tries: Ciaran Rudd, Padhraig Jones, Jack Russell 2
Con: Rob Hudson, Adam Nolan

Seapoint R.F.C. 0

Metro League Division 7
Tymon Park
31/03/2018

The Tallaght firsts team took the pitch in their last league game of the season knowing exactly what they needed to do to reach the final. Seapoint were league leaders on 39 points with Tallaght and Old Wesley hot on their heals, both on 36 points. Old Wesley had a handy run against bottom placed Blackrock in their final match so Tallaght knew they to win by eight points or more to deny Seapoint a losing bonus point and qualify for the final.

Seapoint started the game better and dominated possession for the first twenty minutes. However while their pack was big and strong, it became quickly apparent they didn’t have the players to really threaten Tallaght out wide. Tallaght were defending a lot but led manfully by the likes of Ken McGovern and Alan Sower, they kept smashing Seapoint back. Tallaght were also dominant at the set-piece and the likes of Mark Keogh, Joe Ivers and Aaron Morgan were making a mess of the Seapoint lineout. Seapoint’s forwards got them into the Tallaght twenty two but a massive tackle from Andy Grace stopped their progress and then Jack Russell won possession back and relieved the pressure with a superb kick to touch deep into the Seapoint half.

Daniel Pomares came on for Tallaght after twenty five minutes and his physicality was made for this sort of game. He helped Tallaght secure some good possession and Dave Clarke put Ciaran Rudd through a gap and he linked up with Simon Collie but he was stopped five metres out and Tallaght were penalised at the breakdown. Further pressure earned Tallaght a five metre scrum and a set play saw Adam Nolan feed Clarke and he burst through but the ball was stripped from his hands in the act of touching it down.

Tallaght’s prospects were then dealt a blow when centre Padhraig Jones was shown a yellow card for a tip tackle the referee judged to be dangerous. However they responded brilliantly when Adam Nolan ran a ball inside his own half and put Simon Collie away. He linked up superbly with Padhraig Jones and Rob Hudson and Ciaran Rudd took the final pass and showed great strength to get the ball down for the opening try of the game and Tallaght led 5-0. Rudd broke the line again on the next play but his progress was halted by a high tackle which saw the Seapoint player yellow carded. From the resulting penalty Tallaght went agonisingly close to a second try but Adam Nolan lost control of the ball just as he was touching down for a try so it remained 5-0 at half-time.

Tallaght took up where they left off in the first half, dominating possession and constantly stretching Seapoint out wide. A strong carry from Paul Cunningham earned them a penalty and they opted against kicking for goal and instead kicked to the corner. From the lineout the pack tried to power their way over and both Nolan and McGovern went close but the ball went wide and Dave Clarke showed deft skills to put Padhraig Jones through a gap to race away and score a try under the posts. Rob Hudson kicked the conversion and Tallaght led 12-0.

Tallaght now had the winning margin they needed but they learned the lesson from last week of resting on their laurels and so they kept the pressure on Seapoint. Seapoint weren’t giving up though and they kept running hard at Tallaght but their defence was excellent, especially scrum-half Andy Rudd who made three tackles in a row all against bigger men and brought each one of them down. At one point Seapoint did threaten when they kicked a ball through but Aaron Shanahan showed great pace to get back and secure the ball and the threat was nullified.

The Tallaght pack were in the ascendency now and strong carries from Nolan, Pomares and Andy Caswell earned them another kickable penalty, but once again they kicked to the corner. They mauled the ball close and then Nolan put Jack Russell away and the skipper showed great power to get over for a try to make it 17-0. Tallaght still weren’t done though and Russell made the game safe when he seized on a loose Seapoint lineout throw and sprinted away for a try in the corner. Nolan kicked a superb conversion from the touchline to completed the scoring.

Head coach Tom Leigh was hugely proud of his side. “It’s tough going into a game knowing you need to win by a certain margin, but the lads handled the pressure superbly and every member of the squad made a big contribution. We worked hard at our defence during the week and the lads were brilliant today especially Ken McGovern, Dave Clarke and Andy Rudd who kept making big hits and then came back for more. Daniel Pomares made a big impact when he came on and our two centres Padhraig Jones and Ciaran Rudd both had excellent games. But our man of the match was our captain Jack Russell who led by example and got us over the line with two great tries in the second half. Now we go to the final next week away to Old Wesley. The only team to beat them this season was us so while we respect them we will go into the game with great confidence. Our support here today was fantastic and I hope we can get even more people over to Donnybrook next Saturday to cheer the lads on.”

 

Man of the match: Jack Russell

 

Tallaght 1sts

15. Simon Collie
14. Aaron Shanahan
13. Ciaran Rudd
12. Padhraig Jones
11. Rob Hudson
10. David Clarke
9. Andy Rudd

1. Alan Sower
2. Ken McGovern
3. Andrew Grace
4. Joe Ivers
5. Mark Keogh
6. Aaron Morgan
7. Jack Russell (Captain)
8. Adam Nolan

Replacements:

16. Karl Segrave
17. Stephen Kelly
18. Paul Cunningham
19. Andy Caswell
20. Daniel Pomares
21. Sean Judd

 

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Anne Kavanagh

Joe Ivers
Ciaran Rudd

Tallaght Fixtures – Weekend 30th-31st March 2018

There’s just the one fixture this weekend for the seniors teams but it’s a massive game.

Having beaten UCD last week in a strangely nervy encounter (considering they won by 28 points in the end), Tallaght still have their fate in their own hands if they want to make the final of the Metro League Division 7.

With Old Wesley likely to get a walkover from Blackrock to take their place in the final, Tallaght need to finish ahead of Seapoint. To do that they need to beat Seapoint by eight points or more and deny them a losing bonus point.

Tallaght lost to Seapoint earlier in the season in a game they know they should have won. But they also know they have the game to beat Seapoint but they’ll need all the support they can get and kick-off is 3PM on Saturday in Tymon Park.

The BISTO girls have training at 11am on Good Friday with a visiting Colombian team and Leinster. That’s all for youths on the Easter weekend.

Happy Easter and let’s get behind the lads on Saturday!!

Tallaght RFC 0 Greystones 5

Roisin Doyle

Tallaght R.F.C. 0

Greystones R.F.C. 5

Paul Cusack Cup
Pitch 100, Firhouse
25/03/2018

Tallaght women’s team took on Greystones in the Paul Cusack Cup which is named after the late and great former referee and coach for Tallaght RFC. Greystones are in the division above Tallaght and they were a strong and well-drilled team. The game started fairly evenly but the Greystones coach wasn’t shy about their gameplan to “run straight and hard” at Tallaght. The Greystones pack did just that and initially the Tallaght defence struggled to contain them and Greystones got in for a try which gave them a 5-0 lead.

But Tallaght learned how to handle them and the likes of Rachel Nolan, Gemma Segrave and Cíara McLoughlin were all putting in big tackles to stem the tide. But Tallaght were finding it hard to get their hands on the ball and Greystones kept coming at them. On a couple of occasions in the first half, Greystones looked sure to score a second try but full back Megan Fogarty saved the day with brilliant last ditch tackles. So Tallaght got to half-time trailing only 5-0 and with the wind behind them in the second half, they fancied their chances.

Tallaght started the second half running hard at Greystones but they were a bit frenzied in possession and passes were constantly knocked on. Number eight Roisin Doyle made a fantastic break from a scrum and made sixty metres but she was hauled down before the support could get to her and the chance was gone. Greystones kept running hard at Tallaght but the defence kept showing up with Aisling Pyke, Jacinta Purcell and Audrey Fulham showing up to make tackle after tackle.

Tallaght’s best chance came when full back (and part-time ninja) Megan Fogarty was released down the line by good passing from Jacinta Purcell and Cíara McLoughlin. Fogarty appeared to dance down the line and touch down for the try but she was agonisingly called back for a foot in touch. Unfortunately, it was Tallaght’s best chance.

The game kept going in the same pattern with Greystones desperate to get a second score to secure the game but Tallaght repelling them and then Tallaght going close to a score but letting themselves down with the final pass. It was a proper tough cup-tie but though Tallaght went close again at the end, Greystones held out to leave the final score at 5-0.

Tallaght coach Adam Nolan was proud of his side, despite the result. “We took on a team a division ahead of us but no one watching those two teams today for the first time would have known that. We stood toe to toe with them and lost by the only score of the game. We were so good in defence, everyone coming up with big tackles again and again. But we weren’t as good in attack and were rushing things which led to forced passes and handling errors. But we’ll go into the plate competition with our heads held high. We’ve done some great things this season and I’ll be hugely proud of the squad no matter what happens, but this season isn’t over yet.”

 

Player of the match: Aisling Pyke

 

Tallaght

15. Megan Fogarty
14. Jacinta Purcell
13. Cíara McLoughlin
12. Aisling Pyke
11. Gemma Segrave
10. Caoimhe Hogan (Captain)
9. Shauna Power

1. Lorraine McManus
2. Aileen McGovern
3. Audrey Fulham
4. Rachel Nolan
5. Martina Fitzpatrick
6. Roisin Doyle

16. Amyrs Foy
17. Marta Hoppe

 

Report: Jim O’Connor
Photos: Jessica Walsh Fulham

 

Audrey Fulham
Jacinta Purcell