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Gripping draw sets up Creggs v Buccaneers replay

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Buccaneers RFC 15, Creggs RFC 15.

Creggs Under-18.5’s played out a pulsating draw v Buccaneers in the the Connacht Plate Final in Athlone last Sunday. The game now goes to a replay on the Bank Holiday Monday next.

Creggs flew out of the blocks last sunday running into a 15 point lead with tries from both Darren Gately and Lee Kilcoyne. A penalty and a conversion also came from the boot of DJ Hession.

However, just on the stroke of half time a lucky fortuitous bounce and Buccaneers got themselves a try to leave the half-time score at 15-5 to Creggs.

Buccaneers were playing with the wind in the second half and their bigger pack dominated early exchanges. A series of penalties conceded by the Creggs lads didn’t help their cause in this second period.

Buccaneers got in for their second try after eight minutes, which they converted, cutting the Creggs advantage to just three points (15-12).
A super display in defence by each and every Creggs player held Buccaneers at bay and twice they held their opponents held-up over the line.

With nine minutes remaining a penalty for offside after a scrum by the Creggs backs was converted to level the scores 15-15 and things looked ominous for the creggs lads.

Buccaneers did have one more opportunity again from a penalty with 3 minutes remaining but missed and the Creggs lads held out for the draw.

Creggs Rugby: Ben Johnson, Aindriu Oates, Tomas Tiernan, Eoin Kelly, Aidan Hoare, Ciaran Purcell, Edimar Filho, Lee Kilcoyne, Jack Fleming, DJ Hession, Mark Kilcommons, Senan Lambe, Conor Betts, Darren Gately, Patrick Charles, Ryan Conlon, Michael Hoey, James Murray, Darragh Gilligan, Noah Fallon, Miquel Arthur, Cormac Dolan.

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