Creggs Rugby 24, NUIG 3.
Creggs Firsts gave a heroic display of defensive rugby in their Round 5 of the Cawley Cup against NUIG, in Creggs last Saturday night, to earn a home semi-final v Connemara in mid-November.
After a tough first twenty minutes, Creggs broke the deadlock with a well worked try. NUIG replied with a penalty a couple of minutes later. Despite having a man off for a yellow, Creggs managed to add another converted try to leave it 14-3 at the break.
Then in a chaotic five minute period in what was be a tough but sporting game, the referee issue a second yellow (so a red) and another straight red for two high tackles. Down to 13 men, Creggs looked in big trouble facing over 25 minutes to go. However, in one of the most heroic and brave defensive performances witnessed in Creggs, not only did they hold NUIG scoreless for that period but they broke out and scored a penalty and on another occasion, a great converted try, to finish out 24-3 winners.
The organised defence and commitment to great tackling frustrated NUIG and Creggs were well deserved winners. Let us hope that the very harsh sending offs carry the minimum sanction in the case of the two yellows and that the straight red attracts no sanction as there was clearly no intent and the tackle slipped up off the chest, with the NUIG player not even falling to the ground, and carrying on playing un-injured.
Finally, we wish Danny Arnold a speedy recovery after he picked up a leg injury in the game, which will keep him out for several weeks.
Creggs Rugby: Sean Og Higgins, Danny Arnold, Eoghan Cahill, Tom Farrell, Brian Donoghue,
Conor Rohan, Ciaran Corcoran, Brian Diffley (Capt.), Mark Brandon, Shane Purcell, Chris Duignan, Eoghan Coyle, Luke Meehan, Michael Farrell, Mark Purcell, Tommy Curley, Eoghan Farrell, Pete Lohan, Jonathan White.
Connacht League is next up this weekend
The Creggs First team will be hoping to continue their good early season form and unbeaten run into their first Connacht League game next weekend away to Tuam.
The Creggs Development Team are down to play Ballyhaunis RFC in the Curley Cup this weekend.
CAWLEY CUP RESULTS:
15/08/2021 Round 1 Home
CREGGS 1ST XV 38 (6) V 21 (3) CASTLEBAR 1ST XV
29/08/2021 Round 2 Away
MONIVEA 1ST XV 15 (2) V 47 (7) CREGGS 1ST XV
09/09/2021 Round 3 A Bye
16/09/2021 Round 4 Away
BUCCANEERS 2ND XV 10 (2) V 13 (2) CREGGS 1ST XV
25/09/2021 Round 5 Home KO: 14:30
CREGGS 1ST XV 24 (3) V 3 (0) NUIG 1ST XV
ADULT RUGBY TRAINING
Training continues for all First’s, Development and Under-20 players each week on Tuesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 8.15pm.
New and returning players are always welcome in Creggs.