The 1st XV played out an absolute cracker against Cork Con in Temple Hill on Saturday, further underlining both their potential and their value as one of the most entertaining teams around. Knowing that this game would have a huge bearing on the the battle for a home semi final, the lads faced an early onslaught from the home side, as an early try was added to by a penalty to give Con a 10-0 lead. Nure struck back with a score of their own, before Con tacked on another penalty to leave the half time score 13-5.
Con came racing out of the blocks in the second half, with a length of the field intercept and a close range score giving them a commanding 27-8 lead with twenty minutes to play. Game, set and match you thought, with Con favourites to push on and earn a try bonus point. Not so, said Nure, who flicked a switch into attack mode and simply tore Con to shreds for ten minutes. Three tries, allied to the boot of Mark O’Neill, had the scores level at 27-27 before you could blink, and the watching supporters found their heads reeling. A tense finale followed, with Con outhalf Tomas Quinlan nudging his back into the lead at 30-27. Nure went through several minutes of possession, until both sides were out on their feet. With exhaustion kicking in, a drop goal was attempted, but sailed agonisingly wide.
However, the two bonus points secured by Nure means that the sides are separated only by points difference. Con have a tricky task in the last game, heading to Clontarf, while Nure welcome a Trinity side fresh from a win over UCD that secures their status in Division 1A. All to play for!
The 4th XV were unfortunately beaten on Sunday by close neighbours CYM in the Division 5 relegation playoff, and will play their rugby in Division 6 next year after a tough season. Hard luck lads, and well done on a great effort all year. The 5th XV were given a walkover by Malahide in the Guilfoyle-James Cup, which is frankly bizarre, given that Malahide topped Division 10, and face Nure in the division final next week. Go figure.
The 20s had a belter of a game in Templeville Road, tied 17-17 at full time. A score apiece in extra time had the sides locked 24-24 at full time, and they will now replay in Lakelands on Sunday for a place in the next round of the McCorry Cup.
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