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Buccaneer Sharks Deliver Emphatic Cup Victory to Advance to Semi Final

published:Mar  30   2015

Quarter Final Cup Game - Buccaneers v Tuam

 Score Buccaneers 34 to Tuam 0 (March 29th, 2015)

 Buccaneers Under 14’s secured a deserved semi-final place with an emphatic win over Tuam scoring 6 tries and dominating the encounter in what was one of their best displays of the season.

 Playing at home on the main pitch, the Sharks started the game extremely well, Darragh Murray scored a fine try within five minutes, the front row delivering controlled phased play and Darragh broke the gain line with an excellent run to the try line, scrum half Leo McFarlane scored the resulting conversion and the home team led by 7 points.

 Buccs dominated position, literally owning the ball, patiently going through phased play, utilising the full width of the pitch. They moved the ball from one side to the other and brought play onto the opposition 22 with machine like regularity, it was excellent rugby to watch.

 It did not take long before two more tries were scored, the first came from a pick and go off the ruck near the corner flag, Jack Scouler quick to spot the gap, going on the blind side he went over before any real tackle could be made to prevent him scoring.

The third try again came from pure domination and ownership of the ball, again excellent and patient phased play which continually stretched the Tuam defence eventually creating gaps, which Dean Reynolds took full advantage, scoring a lovely individual try, breaking through the gain line with speed and balance to go over near to the corner flag.

 Both conversions were missed, being difficult and into the wind, leaving the score at half time Buccaneers 17 to Tuam 0.

 From the pack outstanding performances were delivered by Kevin Horan, Evan Gallagher, Ethan Connolly, Martin Fallon, Jullian Devaney, Shane Green, Michael Lynch and Darragh Murray, this group delivered the platform that allowed the back row to stretch and probe for gaps in the Tuam defence.

 Sharks were extremely efficient in cleaning out at ruck time, leaving the scrum half that extra space and time to make a good pass, and when not in possession they were aggressive and quick at counter rucking giving Tuam no time and space to move, this resulted in the visiting team enjoying very little territory or ball.

 Buccaneers Sharks played the second half with the advantage of the wind and regardless of the score line Buccaneers to their credit did not ease back but continued to create opportunities running the ball more and more through the back row they delivered three more excellent tries, the first scored by Leo McFarlane showing an eye for a gap he went over near the posts, and calmly stepped up to score the resulting conversion himself.

 Without once pausing for breath the sharks again created space with in the Tuam 22 and Shane Green showed tremendous strength and commitment to power over the try line.

 The focus and commitment was relentless and John Why demonstrated passion and strength to crash again over the line for the Sharks sixth try of the match.

 Both conversions were narrowly missed with one of the attempts hitting the upright.

 Back row players were outstanding and all players deserve a mention for their performance Leo McFarlane, John Why, Eabhan Slattery, Jack Scouler, Conor Larkin, Jack Martin, Dean Reynolds.

In the second half the bench was unleashed to good effect with all players Josh Dunnican, Dean Buckley, Ruaidhri Campian Ryan, Rory Ryan performing really well, Michael Byrne having an injury was not risked.

 Credit to Tuam they did not give up and were down to 14 men for a period of the game with one of their players sin binned for infringement, they however continued to play rugby but on the day they were beaten by a Sharks team that were on top of their game.

 Often at this level set pieces can be a lottery but on this day The Pirates dominated in the line out and were strong at scrum time this obviously helped the home team dictate tactics and win the possession stakes. They also supported each other extremely well with players all the time available and on hand to clear ruck ball quickly or been ready to receive off loads, one move in the second particularly stood out with backs and forwards taking short pop ball passes and moving forward at pace giving a very “French” like feel to their advance and leaving Tuam finding it practically impossible to stop.

 Buccaneers have a home semi-final draw and if they can maintain this level of commitment and passion with the clinical finishing demonstrated today they have a real chance of making a final but not to get ahead of ourselves a big performance will be required in the semi-final to advance.

 Well done lads, best of luck in the next round !    

  Team: Kevin Horan, Evan Gallagher, Ethan Connolly, Martin Fallon, Jullian Devaney, Shane Green, Michael Lynch, Darragh Murray, Leo McFarlane, John Why, Eabhan Slattery, Jack Scouler, Conor Larkin, Jack Martin, Dean Reynolds  

  Bench: Michael Byrne, Josh Dunnican, Dean Buckley, Ruaidhri Campian Ryan, Rory Ryan