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Creggs win again to extend lead at top of the table

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Connacht Junior 1 League:

Creggs Rugby 10, Tuam RFC 3,

Creggs survived a late onslaught to cling on for a hard-earned victory over Tuam in Saturday’s full-blooded League encounter at The Green.

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

10

8

1

1

184

95

89

4

0

38

2

Tuam

10

4

2

4

197

137

60

8

0

28

3

Castlebar

9

5

1

3

181

129

52

5

0

27

4

NUIG

8

5

1

2

186

149

37

3

0

25

5

Corinthians

9

5

0

4

185

140

45

4

0

24

6

Ballinrobe

9

3

0

6

150

203

-53

4

0

16

7

Corrib

9

2

1

6

85

244

-159

0

0

10

8

Dunmore

8

1

0

7

130

201

-71

4

-1

7

Creggs entered the game with confidence,boosted up by recent impressive wins over Corinthians and Castlebar. However,Tuam were in no mood to give up on their own League title aspirations,and they carried the fight to Creggs straight from the kickoff.

The opening exchanges were explosive, but Creggs could not convert early pressure into points on the board. Then Tuam took the lead in the 23rd minute with a well-struck penalty after Creggs infringed at a ruck.

This score was somewhat against the run-of-play but Creggs hit back with a period of dominance which culminated in a well-worked try by flanker Alan Brandon,after a rolling maul had been held up just short of the try-line.

Creggs led 5-3 at halftime,a fair reflection of the exchanges between two well-matched and highly committed sides.

With sub-zero temperatures now making handling difficult ,the error count increased and scoring opportunities were at a premium as the packs battled for control. Creggs enjoyed a marked supremacy in the scrum for most of the game, but Tuam sorted this problem to dominate this key area in the final quarter.

The matchwinning score came in the 65th minute,when Creggs scrumhalf Eoghan Coyle made a searing break up the left touchline, before passing to James Brandon, who crashed over for a fine try.

Thereafter,Tuam threw everything at Creggs, but superb defence held them at bay, with wave after wave of attack repelled by the brave and determined home team. A series of 5 metre scrums almost yielded a try for Tuam, but eventually Chris Duignan lifted the siege with a clearance downfield which was greeted enthusiastically by the big partisan home crowd.

Tom Fleming, Sean Higgins and Aidan Leech got through an immense amount of work in the Creggs front-row, while lineout jumper Brian Donoghue and the powerful Mike Blighe were prominent throughout.

The all Brandon back-row unit tackled tigerishly and attacked with purpose whenever the opportunity arose. Eoghan Coyle gave another excellent display at the base of the scrum, while Mark Brandon probed for openings and released his three-quarters to good effect.

Tom Callaghan and Elliot Jennings were unflinching in defence, while wings Chris Duignan and Luke Meehan always threatened with ball in hand. Kevin Gavin gave a trademark display of calm authority at fullback.

Michael Holland, Ryan Horan, Peter Lohan and Eoghan Farrell also helped Creggs to maintain momentum when introduced to the fray.

Creggs now take a break from League action until the New Year, but they travel to Dunmore for a Curley Cup semi-final next Saturday.

Creggs : K Gavin,L Meehan,EJennings,T Callaghan,C Duignan,M Brandon,E Coyle: T Fleming,S Higgins,A Leech,B Donoghue,M Blighe,J Brandon,A Brandon,K Brandon,R Horan,E Farrell,M Holland,P Lohan,D Nolan.

Creggs Rugby: Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Mike Blighe, James Brandon, Alan Brandon, Kevin Brandon, Eoghan Farrell, Damian Nolan, Peter Lohan, Michael Holland, and Ryan Horan.

Training for all senior teams (First, Seconds, Under-20’s & Under-18.5’s) continues. New and returning players always welcome at each grade. N.B. All outstanding membership must be paid by this weekend.

Creggs Seconds XV match v Sligo RFC was postponed last Sunday due to snow.

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