13.01.2013 U20 Premier XV v Dublin University (H)

After defeats of the heavy and narrow variety the U21 Premier team notched up their first victory in the super 6 competition. This was a hard fought and well deserved win over Trinity College, a team that has beaten us three times this season and this made the victory all the sweeter.

The game itself was a tense affair with Trinity taking a 3-0 lead in the 10th minute, St.Mary's came storming into the game with a break by fullback Marc Hiney who deftly off loaded the ball to Conor Sexton who scored under the posts from 40 meters, Conor Corcoran converted to put us 10-3 ahead. Trinity up the the pressure on St.Mary's and had us pinned in our 22 constantly, their pressure paid off when from a lost line out their tight head prop dived over to score, conversion missed and we were 10-8 ahead. After a period of St.Mary's pressure Trinity infringed and Conor Corcoran stepped up to put us 13-8 ahead a half time.

Playing with the hill and wind in the second half we hoped to kick on and put Trinity under pressure in their own half, unfortunately this was not to be the case as were under severe pressure for long periods of the half and could not get out our half. The resilience, determination and bloody mindedness of this team not to loose ensured that Trinity did not score again, they did come close on two occasions to scoring but a knock on & foot in touch kept our line secure. So with no further scores the game ended 13-8 to St.Mary's, this was an epic victory for the lads and well deserved as to a man they tackled, harried and frustrated Trinity at every turn and the reaction of the team at full time showed how much the win meant to them, a lot of hard work has been put into getting the team to where they are now and this will boost the confidence of all the players and we look forward to our trip to Belvedere next Sunday.