Instonians 1st XV win 61-0 at Rainey OB 2nd XV in Junior Cup 2nd round


Instonians 1st XV travelled to Magherafelt to play Rainey OB 2nd XV in the 2nd round of the Junior Cup (last 16 teams).

There were 4 changes from the team that won against Cooke 1st XV the previous week. It’s a long season and the full panel of players will be needed to get to the end of it.

Whilst we came away with a 61-0 convincing win it was only in the second half that the game was truly secured.

Rainey 2nd XV were a mixture of young players and some big lads with a few more miles on the clock but were great ball carriers!! Overall their team was well drilled and committed.

Instonians were slow to get going and for the first twenty minutes the match was in the balance.

A couple of passes just adjudged forward prevented tries for Michael Melville and Bevan Prinsloo.

The Instonians scrum and lineout dominated from the start.

A couple of mistakes allowed Rainey to use their big ball carriers and it took some stubborn defence to prevent the home side scoring.

Eventually Instonians got their game going and a fantastic counter attack led to the first Instonians try. Great feet from fullback Jonto, pass to Onisi Burekama on to Andrew Keane and finally Jay Reiback who dived over under the posts. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy who only missed one kick all day. “Life in the old dog yet!!”

Score 0-7

The next Instonians attack came after an outrageous piece of skill (or luck according to his team mates!), Michael Melville in an attempt to catch a high ball, kicked it up into his own hands and made ground. However after he later knocked on Rainey had a scrum near their line. Instonians drove Rainey of their own ball and when the ball appeared at our side no 8 Mark Mairs picked it up and dived over in the corner. Hard conversion missed.

Score 0-12

Rainey 2s still were in this game and the Instonians defence had to hold out a couple of Rainey attacks.

A good break from centres David Scott and Bevan Prinsloo took play into the Rainey 22 but to no avail. No more scores in the first half.

Halftime Score 0-12

Rainey 2s started the 2nd half the sharper and again it took strong Instonians defence to stop them scoring, David Scott and Eoghan Murphy each winning a penalties at rucks to see Instonians able to clear their line.

A tremendous Instonians maul took play from halfway into the Rainey 22. Some scrappy play eventually led to a bouncing ball into Bevan Prinsloo hands, who dived over under the posts. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-19

Rainey continued to fight and a certain Rainey try was only saved when fullback Jonto somehow managed to rip the ball from the rampaging Rainey forward. The Instonians defence continued with high energy and swarmed over Rainey and were rewarded with another penalty at the breakdown. This time by Neill Saulters.

The Rainey pack started to tire and Instonians good hands got play into the Rainey 22, when Instonians stole the ball at the lineout we now used phases to pressurise Rainey. From a quick tap penalty Bevan Prinsloo dived over. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-26

From the restart Instonians ran the ball through the entire teams hands to be finished off by winger Zak Davison. Zak unfortunately pulled his hamstring as he touch it down (speedy recovery Zak). Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-33

Another restart, another try from Instonians with the use of great hands. This time finished off by the left winger Michael Melville. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-40

The game was pretty open now, Instonians dominating at the scrum & lineout and running the ball from everywhere. Another try in the left corner to Michael Melville. Hardest conversion yet by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-47

Next try was straight from the training ground when Bevan Prinsloo finished off a great backs move from an Instonians scrum. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Score 0-54

Possibly the best was kept to last, a break out down the blindside through Matthew Keane, David Scott, Mark Mairs, Matthew Keane, Andrew Keane, Onisi Burekama and popped up to Bevan Prinsloo who dives over. Converted by out half Richard McCarthy.

Final Score 0-61

The score line does not reflect the effort of the Rainey team fought to the end.

Thanks to Rainey for spirit in which the game was played, good luck to you in the rest of your season and your run in the Towns cup. Thanks also for the hospitality in the clubhouse afterwards.

No match can happen without the ref and thanks to the ref for his confident controlling of the match with lots of guidance from both teams, as always!!

Back to the league:

Sat 11th Dec

Away to CIYMS in the league