Match Report v Terenure College RFC
Saturday 7th October 2017 saw the Emerald Warriors secure their first league win of the season against Terenure College RFC. On the back of a loss against St. Mary’s College FRC the previous weekend, the team had a point to prove that the score line of 40-17 was not reflective of the performance on the day.
Terenure College RFC arrived short of players; this presented a great opportunity to some of the Emerald Warriors to get game time under their belt. This is not an easy task playing with a brand new group of people and facing off against your teammates, however strong performances were put in by each individual who played for Terenure on the day.
With the Emerald Warriors playing away from the clubhouse end of the pitch, Terenure kicked off into the Emerald Warriors to get the game underway. The ball was securely caught and brought into the oncoming defense of Terenure. The Emerald Warriors were focused and keen to strike early in the pockets of space evident in the oppositions defence. After a few minutes of the game, the Emerald Warriors were up by two tries to none. Confidence was high amongst players; however the game was not won already at this early stage. With Terenure on the attack and gradually pushing the Emerald Warriors back, the score was brought back even in quick succession.
This was the reality check the Emerald Warriors needed to finish off the half strong and tighten up the defence. With a few more tries scored and conversions kicked, the half time score was 29-12 to the Emerald Warriors.
After a good team chat, player rotations on both teams and the desire for the Emerald Warriors to finish off the game, the Warriors kicked off into the clubhouse end of the pitch into Terenure to get the game going. With Terenure pumped to get back on the score line, ‘they’ capitalised with some strong running and tactical kicking in behind the Emerald Warriors (‘they’ being the Emerald Warriors playing for Terenure).Again, not wanting this game to slip away, the Emerald Warriors focused and proceeded to see out the game with direct running, quick passing and hitting the gaps in the defence. The transfer of learning from training to match was evident, with forwards and backs providing a number of options to the scrum half via the colours and numbers system.
After a further number of tries and conversions by the Emerald Warriors, the frustration started to creep into the Terenure side. This amounted to two players being sent off in quick succession (One, attempting to tell the referee his name was Brian O’Driscoll). With 15 minutes of time remaining, Terenure attempted to concede the match. The Emerald Warriors refused to concede and played on and finished the game with a score line of 67 (11 tries) – 17 (3 tries).
This victory was a long time coming for the Emerald Warriors and each player should take confidence from their performances on the pitch. The team supported one another on the pitch, the support from the side-line was evident and the game was finished off strong to secure that first important league victory in 2017.
The Emerald Warriors currently sit 4th in the Division 11 Metro League table.
Next match is away on Saturday 21st October v Dublin Dogos RFC at 3pm, see you all there!