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Important bonus point win away to Westport

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Connacht Junior 1 League
Westport RFC 7, Creggs Rugby 29.

On Saturday night in Westport the elements heralded a low scoring game rather than the winning bonus point win that Creggs finished with.
And for the first half hour, during which neither team made any serious inroads on the opposition scoring chances were minimal at either end.
There were signs however all pointing in favour of the visitors. Against the heavier pack the reshuffled Creggs eight were markedly superior in the set pieces, particularly the scrums and behind them both Dowd brothers, Shane at out half and full back Ronan were making judicious use of the boot in marked contrast with the frequently misdirected returns from their counterparts.
Creggs finally broke the deadlock after Aidan Leech who with Maurice Buckley and Eoghan Farrell formed an impressive front row, bounced a would be tackler in trademark fashion and Westport conceded a penalty on the 22 which Mark Brandon duly converted.
The lead was short lived however as the meanest defence in the League paid for uncharacteristically soft tackling and conceded a converted try on the stroke of half time.
Westport’s lead was in turn reversed five minutes into the second half and Creggs winger Kevin Gavin collected a poor clearance on the 40 and scored a marvellous solo try between the posts which Brandon converted.
The home side began to self-destruct at this point, reduced to 14 men with a sin-in for stamping, Leech powered his way over between the posts, Brandon converting to make it 17-7.
A couple of minutes later James Brandon who was working well with Brian Diffley in the back row, intercepted on the half way and was stopped just short of the line, Westport conceding a penalty in front of the posts but Creggs surprisingly spurned the easy three points and opted to kick to the corner, which ultimately yielded no return.
Westport lost a second man to the sin-bin and for a brief period were down to 13 men but Creggs failed to make use of their advantage before numerical parity was restored.
Creggs were however in full control at this point and minutes later a sweeping move from right to left found Gavin at the end of a textbook floated pass from Shane Dowd to cross for his second try.
Minutes later, Eoghan Coyle who had moved from centre into scrum-half wrong-footed the defence and touched down between the posts for the bonus point, Shane Dowd adding the conversion.
A late coda saw left winger Chris Duignan almost bagging a fifth try with a kick chase along the touchline but he knocked on trying to gather the rebound with the line in sight and the game ended 29-7.
Creggs Rugby: Ronan Dowd, Kevin Gavin, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Shane Dowd, Mark Brandon, Aidan Leech, Maurice Buckley, Eoghan Farrell, Brian Donoghue, Kevin Brandon, Brian Diffley, Peter Lohan, James Brandon, Sean Og Higgins, Alan Glennon, Edward Clinton, Luke Meehan, and Connor Gore.

Another big game next Saturday in Monivea
This win placed Creggs just one point behind leaders Connemara over-night on Saturday at the half way mark but the All Blacks bonus point win over third place Monivea on Sunday left the top two exactly as they were headed into last weekend.
Creggs with a game in hand play their return match away against Monivea this Saturday (ko 2.30) and as with last week’s contest between the sides at The Green this is again a game of major significance.
Of concern to Pat Cunningham and his management/coaching team are the injuries picked up by his forwards in the last few weeks, on Saturday Peter Lohan, in exceptional form recently had to retire early with a rib injury and prop Tom Fleming, another player at the top of his game sustained an elbow injury in the first game against Monivea.
Alan Brandon, Tom Oates and Brian Coady were also ruled out on Saturday and of these only Oates is likely to be fit for Saturday, so the strength in depth of the squad will be seriously tested over the coming two weekends.

Senior Players – Training
Training continues on Friday (8.15pm) for all senior players.
New and returning players always welcome. Last call, if you haven’t already paid, please pay your membership, which is now overdue.

CONNACHT JUNIOR 1 LEAGUE

POS

TEAM

PLD

W

L

D

PF

PA

DIFF

BP

DED

PTS

1

Connemara

8

7

1

0

208

78

130

6

0

34

2

Creggs

7

6

1

0

137

57

80

4

0

28

3

Monivea

8

5

3

0

141

140

1

2

0

22

4

Castlebar RFC

8

3

5

0

149

151

-2

9

0

21

5

Buccaneers

8

3

5

0

146

166

-20

5

0

17

6

Westport

8

3

5

0

126

177

-51

2

0

14

7

Galwegians

7

3

4

0

138

240

-102

3

-3

12

8

Sligo

8

1

7

0

123

159

-36

5

0

9

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