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Cahill Kicks Bruff To First Victory

Cahill Kicks Bruff To First Victory

Bruff battled their way to their first ever win in All-Ireland League Division 1B, with in-form centre Brian Cahill supplying all of their points at the Mardyke.

Brian Cahill kicked five penalty goals to give the Limerick side the match points, including two pressure kicks in the closing ten minutes.

In a stop-start first half, Bruff were dominant in the lineout and scrum and two strikes from Cahill had the visitors leading 6-0 at half-time.

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Both sides showed plenty of commitment and attacking endeavour, but it was in the final third that things broke down. Dropped passes and poor decision making left neither try-line troubled.

Cahill opened the scoring with a 40-metre penalty, ten minutes into the fray. He landed his second successful kick in the 27th minute, from straight in front of the posts.

Two tries at the start of the second half shot UCC into the lead. Number 8 and captain James Ryan crossed in the 42nd minute and winger Brian Derham followed him, seven minutes later.

Derham made it over in the right corner after good play in the build-up from full-back Willie Walsh.

Cahill’s third penalty made it a one-point game, but a penalty from UCC out-half Andrew Burke gave the hosts a 13-9 buffer, with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

However, the decisive moments arrived in the 70th and 74th minutes when Cahill picked off two more penalties, following up on some positive play from his hard-working pack.

Referee: John Carvill (IRFU)