BUCCS HOME TO CITY OF ARMAGH | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Nov  28   2018

Buccaneers take on City of Armagh in a first ever All-Ireland League fixture between the clubs at Dubarry Park on Saturday. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m. Prior to the advent of the AIL and Buccaneers, the clubs did play friendlies up to the early 1990’s. City of Armagh have made impressive progress in recent years capped by promotion to Division 1B last season.


After a difficult opening sequence to 1B the northerners have found their footing and now lie in fourth place. Like Buccs, they have a young upcoming coach in Willie Falloon whose philosophy appears to focus on non-contracted players. He has a well-balanced squad who boast a resolute defence. Hooker Andrew Smyth is their leading try scorer and stand-off Cormac Fox a reliable placekicker while U-19 Ryan O’Neill is a flanker of immense potential. Robbie Whitten, Nigel Simpson, Paul Mullen and Josh McKinley are competitive forwards with Chris Colvin, Gerard Treanor and Ryan Purviss a threat in their backline. Their standout result is a 32-3 thumping of leaders Malone and they will travel with confidence following last week’s home win over Old Belvedere.


This is a massive test for Buccs who really simply must win to get their campaign back on track. The Pirates left wins behind them in their two most recent outings against Malone and St. Mary’s College and need to be more clinical and practical in their endeavours. A little luck would not go amiss either. Peter Claffey is the midlanders main injury concern. His dynamism and heart on sleeve efforts were sorely missed at Templeville Road. Otherwise Peter O’Donnell should have selection options available that hopefully will come up with a winning formula on Saturday.


Other Fixtures


Buccaneers U-20’s will be eager to maintain their good sequence of results when they entertain Greystones in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster Premier League 2 at Dubarry Park on Sunday. The Co. Wicklow club languish at the bottom of the league table but must not be under-estimated by the young Pirates whose latest win has elevated them to second place. Please note that kick off for this encounter is 2 p.m.


Buccaneers J1’s travel to Hamilton Park on Sunday where they square up to Sligo in the Connacht Junior 1A League. Buccs accounted for the north-westerners 22-18 on the opening day of the league. Their resources may be stretched on this occasion but, if they are focussed and disciplined, they can prevail at the Strandhill venue where the action gets under way at 2.30 p.m.


Pre-match v Ballymena


Buccaneers final home AIL game of the year heralds the visit of Ballymena on Saturday, December 15th. There will be the traditional Christmas pre-match fare for this match. Cost is only €30 per head for meal with complimentary wine plus free admission to the stand. Bookings are now being taken for this seasonal get-together which can cater for groups and/or individuals. Contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.


U-14’s lose at Sligo


Buccaneers U-14’s travelled to Sligo to play on their immaculate new pitch. The Buccs team have improved since the sides met earlier on in the season but went behind to a try from close in. However Buccs responded and had several near misses before Brian Mulvihill scored and Euan Joyce expertly converted to leave the scores at 7-7at the break. Following the change of ends, Buccs were putting early pressure on when the ball squirted out of the scrum and Sligo hacked on 60 metres to score. The score knocked the stuffing out of the away side who conceded again before the finish. Buccs scrum and lineout crumbled against a bigger pack in the second half and their collision work wasn’t good enough but the back line looked sharper in attack.

BUCCANEERS:- L.Cassidy, S.Rohan, S.Doyle, C.Petrie, C.Sheehan, P.Egan, P.Dolan, O.Flynn, F.Lyons, E.Joyce, M.Kenny, J.Clarke, D.Reid, B.Mulvihill, D.Jover, M.Jurginas, C.O’Hara and L.Gossy.


Buccs replica gear for Christmas!


The season of goodwill is fast approaching and Buccaneers replica gear could be the ideal Christmas gift especially for the young Robbie Henshaw’s and Jack Carty’s in our underage teams. You can order Buccs jerseys and other attire from Canterbury via our website www.buccaneersrfc.com

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