Tallaght 6 Old Wesley 03

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 6

Pen: Ciaran Stewart 2

OLD WESLEY  R.F.C. 3

Metro League Division 7

12/10/13 Tymon Park

Tallaght RFC went to the top of the league after a hard-fought win over Old Wesley.  Tallaght kept their unbeaten run going but it was a tough match.  Wesley’s young team were out-muscled by Tallaght’s big pack, but they were smart and efficient at the breakdown, which often put a halt to Tallaght’s progress.  Tallaght took the lead into the break with a Ciaran Stewart penalty.  Old Wesley hit back in the second half with a penalty of their own to make it 3-all.

Wesley had a chance to take the lead with a relatively easy penalty in front of the posts with ten minutes to go, but remarkably it was pushed wide.  Tallaght hit back and when Stewart was given the chance to win the game with a penalty two minutes from time he nervously took it.

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes

14 Emil Wyrebiak

13 Dave Clarke

12 Jack Russell

11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

 

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)

7 Aaron Morgan

6 Sam Lawless

4 Paul Cunningham

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Sean Judd

 

Replacements

Simon Cumiskey

James Maher

Darran Kearney

Stephen Kelly

Colin Malone

Joe Ivers

 

Jim O’Connor ©

Picture: Dave Kelly

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Stillorgan 8 Tallaght 14

STILLORGAN R.F.C. 8

 

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 14

 

Try: Alan Bernes

Pen: Ciaran Stewart 3

 

Metro League Division 7

05/10/13 Bird Avenue

 

Tallaght made it two from two in Division 7 of the Metro league with a hard-fought win away to Stillorgan.  Tallaght went behind to a Stillorgan try early on but showed great composure to work their way back into the game.  Alan Bernes scored Tallaght’s only try and the rest of their points came from the boot of out-half Ciaran Stewart.  Former club president Gregg Behan was there in support and he was delighted with how Tallaght played as a team.

 

“First and foremost we had a team out there today.  It was great to see the pride, passion, commitment and how they worked for and supported each other in an all-round fantastic display.  I’d love to pick out a few individuals and say something nice about them but that would mean leaving others out, because this was a team performance and all congratulations should go to the coach and his team equally. Everybody walked off that pitch today with their heads held high, knowing they played their part in a great win.”

 

Tallaght are now in second place in the table behind leaders Old Belvedere only on points difference.  They face Old Wesley at home next week at home in Tymon Park (kick-off 3PM) and afterwards the team and supporters will be going to the Old Mill bar to watch the Leinster versus Ospreys Heineken Cup match and everyone is welcome to join them.

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

 

15 Alan Bernes

14 Stephen Heaney

13 Dave Clarke

12 Jack Russell

11 Emil Wyrebiak

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

 

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)

7 Aaron Morgan

6 Sam Lawless

5 Sean Judd

4 Paul Cunningham

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Tony McManus

 

Replacements

 

Conor Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Simon Cumiskey

Richard Wilson

James Maher

Colin Malone

 

 

Jim O’Connor ©

Women’s Leinster League Division 4 Development SectionB Fixtures 2013/14

See here for future updates: http://tallaghtrugby.com/rugby-teams/womens-rugby/fixtures-results-womens/

LEINSTER LEAGUE DIVISION 4 DEVELOPMENT – SECTION B 2013/14

TEAMS

CYM
GREYSTONES
TALLAGHT
UNIDARE

 

13TH OCTOBER
CYM V GREYSTONES
TALLAGHT V UNIDARE

20TH OCTOBER
GREYSTONES V TALLAGHT
UNIDARE V CYM

NOVEMBER 10TH
CYM V TALLAGHT
UNIDARE V GREYSTONES

NOVEMBER 17TH
GREYSTONES V CYM
UNIDARE V TALLAGHT

DECEMBER 8TH
TALLAGHT V GREYSTONES
CYM V UNIDARE

DECEMBER 15TH
TALLAGHT V CYM
GREYSTONES V UNIDARE

JANUARY 5TH
QUARTER FINALS

JANUARY 19TH
SEMI FINALS

JANUARY 26TH
FINAL

Tallaght 11 Coolmone 0

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 11

 

Try: James Maher

Pen: Ciaran Stewart  2

 

COOLMINE  R.F.C. 0

 

Metro League Division 7

28/09/13 Tymon Park

 

Tallaght Rugby kicked off their Metro League Division 7 campaign by hosting Coolmine from Blanchardstown.  Tallaght started off well and their pressure led to a scrum in the corner of the pitch.  Skipper Simon Sweeney powered off the scrum and offloaded superbly to winger James Maher who touched down in the corner for the try.  The conversion was missed but Tallaght kept the pressure on for the rest of the half and it yielded two penalties which their out-half Ciaran Stewart kicked to give Tallaght a 11-0 lead at half-time.

Tallaght were not as sharp in the second half and far too often they got stuck playing rugby in their own half.  Trapped inside their twenty-two metre line they hung on for dear life especially as both Sean Judd and their captain Simon Sweeney were sinbinned first for tripping and a high tackle respectively. There was positive work as always from Ciaran Stewart and Jack Russell going forward.  Also a commendation must go to Tony McManus for the scrum work and the great work of Paul Cunningham, Joe Ivers and Alan Moore in reducing the Coolmine lineout to a quivering wreck!

In the one of the best pieces of play of the match Alan Bernes (despite nursing an injured arm) took a high ball and set off on a run that made his infant son on the sideline giggle with pride and joy as he left several tacklers in his wake.  However, when the ball was passed out wide to Gary Doyle, he looked sure to score, but the Coolmine wing made a fantastic tackle to snuff it out.

It was a sweaty and rancorous end that should really have been easier.  Tallaght did show great guts in truth to sustain the pressure without breaking.  They finally got out of their half and though Stewart missed a late penalty to put a touch of gloss on the win, it didn’t matter.  Next week, they travel to Stillorgan and they’ll look to keep their winning run going.

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

 

15 Alan Bernes

14 James Maher

13 Dave Clarke

12 Jack Russell

11 Gary Doyle

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

 

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)

7 Sean Judd

6 Paul Cunningham

5 Alan Moore

4 Joe Ivers

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Tony McManus

 

Replacements

 

Sam Lawless

Aaron Morgan

Conor Kelly

Dave Judd

Stephen Kelly

Colin Malone

EmilWyrebiak

 

 

 

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght RFC 38 Parkmore RFC 03

TALLAGHT R.F.C. 38

 

Tries:  Darran Kearney, Ciaran Stewart, Stephen Heaney, Stephen Abbey

Con: Ciaran Stewart 3

Pen: Ciaran Stewart  4

 

PARKMORE  R.F.C. 03

 

Spencer Pennant Group B

21/09/13 Tymon Park

 

After last week’s disappointing defeat to Railway Union, Tallaght were determined to hit back today.  They started well with the titanic skipper Simon Sweeney showing the way from number eight with a big run which gave out-half Ciaran Stewart the chance to open the scoring with a penalty for Tallaght to take a 3-0 lead.  Tallaght played smart rugby and kept pinning Parkmore back with intelligent kicking from Stewart and scrum-half Aodhan Tinney.  Every time they visited the Parkmore 22, they score points through the trusty boot of Stewart who scored three more penalties to make the half-time score 12-3 to Tallaght.

 

Despite their lead, Tallaght were frustrated not to have scored a try in the first half.  They didn’t have to wait too long in the second half though.  From a Parkmore maul, Sweeney ripped the ball away and set off on a run.  He offloaded to inside centre Jack Russell, who in turn passed to midfield partner Dave Clarke.  Clarke showed excellent judgement in drawing his man and releasing winger Darran Kearney who scampered over for the try.  Stewart surprisingly missed the conversion but he made up for it shortly afterwards.

 

Stewart took quick ball generated by a now dominant pack and passed to his inside centre Jack Russell.  Stewart looped round on Russell in the style of Jonny Sexton and took the return pass on a beautiful arcing run which saw him slice through the Parkmore defence from a try.  He converted his own try and Tallaght effectively had the game won, 24-3 up with twenty minutes to go.

 

Tallaght kept going though and when coach Brian Curtis started using the bench the subs made an impact.  Centre James Maher saved a try by intercepting a Parkmore pass close to the line and then he made a powerful run through the middle and offloaded to winger Stephen Heaney who scored a well-deserved try under the posts.  Stewart converted and then replacement scrum-half Stephen Abbey pounced on a loose pass in the Parkmore twenty-two and scored the try that secured the bonus point.

 

Stewart converted to make it a personal points tally of 23 points for the Fermanagh man.  He wasn’t alone though in putting in an outstanding display.  The pocket battleship that is hooker Ollie Murphy made major ground with his carries.   The second row partnership of young Alan Moore and …..ahem…..not as young Joe Ivers was industrious and effective.  The backrow was the outstanding unit on the day though.  Simon Sweeney was simply immense, while openside Aaron Morgan made several powerful runs and the ubiquitous blindside Paul Cunningham was seemingly involved in every Tallaght play, while also ruling the roost at the lineout.

 

To be fair to Parkmore they were missing several players and will come back stronger in the league.  Tallaght were excellent though, playing smart rugby and performing the basics of the game very well.  Certainly they will have tougher tests in the near future starting with Coolmine in the Metro League next week, but they’ve given themselves a platform now and there is an exciting season ahead.   Tallaght still have players to come back too such as Danny Behan, Trevor Byrne, Keith Mason, Sam Lawless and Emil Wyrebiak amongst others.  After this performance though, they will know they all need to work very hard to get back into the starting fifteen.

 

Skipper Simon Sweeney was very appreciative of the large turnout in support on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Tymon Park.  “It’s a massive boost to us when we’re on the pitch to see our friends, club mates and family on the sideline shouting for us, so a massive thanks to everyone who made the effort to turn up and support us.  In playing terms, we were well beaten last week by Railway Union but that didn’t make us a bad side.  We won well today, but just the same that doesn’t make us a great side.  We’re a work in progress, and there’s still plenty of work to do but all I can ask from the lads is maximum effort and they brought that today in spades and I’m very proud of them tonight.”

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

 

15 Alan Bernes

14 Darran Kearney

13 Dave Clarke

12 Jack Russell

11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

 

8 Simon Sweeney (captain)

7 Aaron Morgan

6 Paul Cunningham

5 Alan Moore

4 Joe Ivers

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Tony McManus

 

Replacements

 

Conor Kelly

Dave Kelly

James Maher

Stephen Kelly

John Cowan

 

Jim O’Connor ©

Tallaght RFC 7 – Unidare RFC 3

TALLAGHT R.F.C.  7

Try: Stephen Heaney – 47mins

Con: Ciaran Stewart – 48mins

 

Unidare R.F.C.    3

Pen: Conor Grimes  – 23mins

 

Spencer Pennant Round 1

7th Sep 2013 – Referee Martin Farrelly

Report by Denis Buckley.

Tallaght RFC had their first competitive game of the 2013/14 season against Unidare in Round One of the Spencer Pennant. In a game played in very good spirit by both sides, Tallaght fought well to hang on for the victory and although there was early season rustiness on show by both sides, it was a much more exciting encounter than the score-line might suggest.

Tallaght started well, recycling the ball quickly and moving it wide whenever the opportunity arose, maybe too often at times but you could not fault their endeavour. They were guilty of losing the ball too easily in contact, including conceding turnovers due to poorly formed mauls or being held up in the tackle.

But Tallaght more than made up for this with a massive effort and skill shown at ruck time to win ball that they had no right to. Paul Cunnigham set the scene after just five minutes by winning ball over the ruck and this was carried on later in the game by Sean Judd , Gary Doyle and more.

The kick and chase was excellent at times, again arising from a huge effort by many Tallaght players. But they were too often guilty of allowing the opposition straight through the middle, all be it by some good strong ball carriers from Unidare.

10mins in Al “fingers” Bernes pretended to fumble under the high ball to goad the opposition into a false sense of security, drawing tacklers which he easily side-stepped and counter attacked  and left them for dead making 20 yards before being dragged to the ground; then another nice carry by Emil Wyrebiak with a kick through, ball turned over, but when they gathered, great pressure by Gary Doyle creates a superb turnover, which lead to a nice back line move that saw Ste Heaney narrowly bundled into touch, but which could have been so much more. A few minutes, later Joe Ivers stole the ball in the air on Unidare’s throw to win good possession.

Tallaght continued to defend well throughout the first half but gave away too many penalties, both in attack and defence, although most of them were not in kicking range and it was nearly a disadvantage to have your own throw in, as there was no clean lineout won for the first 20mins at least.

23mins in, the first clean line win by Unidare, leads to scrum in our 22, which saw them attacking our try line with Tallaght fortunate only to concede 3 from a penalty for offside. Conor Grimes, Unidare out-half, converted to leave Unidare leading on a score line of 3 to nothing.

On the half hour mark, Sam lawless was impressive again, breaking through several tackles, recycling quickly to the ever versatile Emil Wyrebiak who moved from wing last week to open-side this week. Sam and Emil worked well together throughout the game, with Emil always available on Sam’s shoulder for a layoff.

35mins in Al Bernes and Gary Doyle combined to “choke tackle” a unidare player in possession until Paul Cunningham and more support arrived leading to a Tallaght put-in to the scrum.

60 seconds later by yet another Superb Break from the back of the scrum from Sam Lawless who once again off-loaded to Emil, recycled for Morgo’s great break into Unidare’s 22, which eventually lead to a penalty for off-side and a very near miss by Ciarán just before half time. Although Tallaght were not finished yet and probably could have crossed the white wash again a minute later but a pass went astray.

In the 2nd half, still leading 3-0, Unidare started stronger, broke through too easily and once again could have scored, but for a knock on near the line. However, Tallaght hit back straight away with Gary Doyle chasing up Ciaran Rudd’s kick and pouncing on and winning the ball, even though it appeared he was impeded off the ball.

The try came after shortly after half time, with a move which originated from a Tallaght lineout taken well at 2 by Paul Cunningham. An ensuing maul made 15 yards or more before being recycled out to Ciaran Stewart who showed great awareness to spot a gap and sold an excellent dummy to break through. He was eventually tackled but fast ball by scrum half, Aodhan Tinney, made sure the move was continued with Unidare defence still not properly set. The ball moved through Dave Clarke who gave a great skip pass to Gary Doyle who straightened up, sidestepped one tackler and drew the final defender, before offloading to Steve Heaney on the wing. Ste made the finish look easy but he had made a great support run and ensured that the consequent successful conversion by Ciarán Stewart, was a lot easier than it might have been, by nearly reaching the posts before touching down. 50minutes in: Tallaght 7, Unidare 3.

And that was how the scored stayed although there were many anxious moments for Tallaght in the last 30mins some of which follow in the best bits here:

Tallaght’s Best Bits:

  • As always, Al Bernes had wonderful and some less than wonderful moments at full back, but bar one “how the hell did you allow that to bounce?” moment, he marshalled his area quite well, with some sparks of brilliance.
  • Cameo appearances from Morgo, making the opposition look like an underage side.
  • Two well struck penalties from Ciaran Stewart, which both just barely drifted wide.
  • Tallaght held their own in the scrum, which is encouraging in the light of the new rule changes for this season.
  • Lineouts were not as perfect as previous weeks but the Olly Murphy/Paul Cunningham combination began to blossom as the game carried on!
  • Sean Judd, an inspired choice at loose head, brought a much needed dynamism to the front row. Not to be outdone, fellow front-rower Declan Malone, showed some great skills with the ball in hand and then some not – he had to be reminded that props are not to be used for deft touches, no matter how clinical his skip pass was!
  • Ciarán “not-so-pretty-now” Rudd, with an impressive looking bloody nose!
  • Superb Support from the side-line, immortalised on the soundtrack of the video coverage by Ray Brennan advise that of the advantage of using the touchline
  • Hooker Olly “I have the scrum-half” Murphy’s, worrying of the Unidare scrum-half during their Lineouts!
  • Outhalf, Ciarán Stewart put in some great touch finders, getting great distance with every penalty and clearance.
  • There were some great breaks by Sam Lawless, some great turnovers by Sean Judd. There was  apparently an amazing a tackle by Joe Ivers, not that anyone can remember it though, as it was so tremendously eclipsed by Ste “the brick wall” Heaney’s awesome try saving and in all likelihood, match saving tackle.

 

While coach, Brian “the Shuffle” Curtis, will know there is plenty to work on, he can only be happy with not just the manner of the hard fought victory but of the effort that each and every player, from  1 through 20, that took the pitch.

Special Thanks to Ray Brennan from www.theclubreferee.com for his match tracker and video coverage. Also, the “unknown” soup and rolls were an inspired and welcome addition to the after match dressing rooms, thanks to Mairéad Hayden.

Stephen Heaney was awarded man of the match. Coach Brian Curtis put it simply: “Stephen Heaney: well deserved man-of-the-match, with an outstanding try and an even more outstanding try saving tackle. Stephens’ moments of brilliance were the difference between the 2 teams.”

 

Tallaght R.F.C.

15 Alan Bernes

14 Garry Doyle

13 Ciarán Rudd

12 Dave Clarke (Captain)

11 Stephen Heaney

10 Ciaran Stewart

9 Aodhan Tinney

8 Sam Lawless

7 Emil Wyrebiak

6 Paul Cunningham

5 Joe Ivers

4 Alan Moore

3 Declan Malone

2 Ollie Murphy

1 Seán Judd

 

Replacements

Steve “Minnesota fats” Kelly

James Maher

Darran Kearney

Chris Irabour

Dave Kelly

Aaron Morgan