1st XV have bonus point win at home to Coleraine

Instonians dominant in bonus point league win against Coleraine
Instonians 36 – Coleraine 14
Date: 2-30 pm Saturday, 17 November 2018
Venue: Shaw’s Bridge. Belfast
Fixture: Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1
Conditions: Started dark and overcast but brightened up with moderate breeze

Instonians started this game in second place 12 points behind league leaders Ballyclare but with a game in hand. They really needed a bonus point win to make up lost ground and this is what they got. The lead has now been cut to 7 points in preparation for the big home encounter with Ballyclare in two week’s time.

There were a number of enforced changes in the starting line up from the last game against Grosvenor. Gareth Burns Delaney came in on the wing for the injured and suspended Ross O’Donnell; Paddy Bell moved from flanker to outside centre for unavailable Matt Kilpatrick and Johnny Mooney replaced him in the back row. Tom Matthews started in the second row for unavailable Alan Whitten. Josh Cregan provided front row cover on the bench and, new recruit this season, Donal Maloney was in line for his first appearance as a substitute.

Coleraine kicked off but the home side were soon on the attack. They spread the ball wide and forced Coleraine to concede a penalty at the tackle on their 22 after just 2 minutes. Andrew Keane’s kick at goal drifted wide to yield a 22 drop out. Sean Shuttleworth made a big run up the middle and then the ball was sent wide again. A stray pass was picked off by the Coleraine left wing Brad Demster who ran from well inside his own half to score at the posts. The conversion made it 0-7 to Coleraine after just 3 minutes play. But there was no sense of panic in the home side. They quickly reasserted their early dominance only to concede a penalty for crossing after an intricate backs’ move. A penalty soon after at the scrum allowed them to move back on the attack after flanker Massimo made a break which was carried on by scrum half Paul Marshall. His delicate kick ahead forced Coleraine to scramble the ball into touch just 6 metres out. A strong maul almost yielded a try but was penalised when the referee ruled a double movement in the act of grounding the ball.

After another penalty in Instonians’ favour out half Richard McCarthy popped the ball into the corner. This time the throw was deemed “not straight” but at the scrum 5 metres out Instonians pushed Coleraine off the ball, Paul Marshall pulled the defence wide and then fed centre David Scott coming in at pace on a straight run. He crashed over for a try which Andrew Keane had no trouble converting. The score was now 7-7 with 15 minutes gone.

The rest of the half belonged to Instonians in terms of possession and territory but all they could show for it was a converted penalty by Andrew Keane after 20 minutes. Although Coleraine went down to 14 men at this time for persistent infringing Instonians were frustrated time and time again. They were completely dominant in the scrum and line out was functioning smoothly. But it was a case of handling errors and “white line fever” when they attacked in the Coleraine 22. Several clear scoring chances went astray. A little more patience and accuracy would have delivered handsomely. Thus Instonians led only 10-7 when the half-time whistle sounded.

There was no sense of panic as they kicked off the second period. Another penalty at the scrum allowed Instonians to kick for an attacking line out just 5 metres out. When Coleraine were penalised for dropping the maul Instonians elected to scrummage. They attacked strongly and had another penalty for a high tackle. A small knock on at the base of the ensuing scrum denied winger Gareth Burns Delaney a try when the referee brought play back for a scrum to Coleraine. But Instonians were not going to be denied. Incessant attack at last resulted in a try for flanker Johnny Mooney who ran strongly to crash over for a try converted by Andrew Keane to put the score at 17-7 in Instonians’ favour with 50 minutes gone.

At this stage it was clear that in spite of a strong Coleraine defence Instonians were now fully in command. During the next 20 minutes Instonians played some of their best ruby of the season.

Coleraine just could not get a platform to attack from; in spite of some good individual back play they were living off scraps. When Instonians had the ball they were varying their point of attack well and really stretching the away side defence. They were using the full width of the pitch to attract the defence and then punching up the middle with some strong forward drives. This was rewarded when number 8 James Martin, who was having a powerful game with ball in hand, drove over for a try in the corner. An excellent conversion from Andrew Keane bought the score to 24-7 as we moved into the final quarter.

The onslaught continued and it was no surprise when second row Sean Shuttleworth helped himself to a try with an unstoppable charge from close in to bring the four try bonus point. Andrew Keane again added the extras. Soon after it was great to see winger Donal Maloney, who was making his first fifteen debut, run a great support line to take an inside pass from Massimo Kiri Kiri and score his first try for his new side. This time the conversion went wide from far out. The score was now 36-7. To their credit Coleraine did not give up and they had the last say when they crashed through a ruck following a penalty to score in the corner. The excellent conversion ended the game to leave the score at 36-14.

Instonians will be pleased with their bonus point win and will know that with a little more patience and accuracy they could have brought the score well past the 50 mark. They can look forward to the titanic struggle with league leaders Ballyclare at Shaw’s Bridge in two week’s time.


Team 1 to 17: Conor Gallagher, Cameron Barr, John Andress, Tom Matthews, Sean Shuttleworth, Johnny Mooney, Massimo Kiri Kiri, James Martin, Paul Marshall, Richard McCarthy, Gareth Burns Delaney, David Scott, Paddy Bell, Colm Cregan, Andrew Keane, Josh Cregan, Donal Maloney.


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