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First Half Tries Set UCD On Their Way

First Half Tries Set UCD On Their Way

Back-line talents Andrew Boyle and David McSharry crossed for first half tries which set UCD on the way to a 21-8 win over Bruff at Belfield.

Trailing 18-0 at the break, flanker John Shine grabbed Bruff’s only try but a penalty from replacement James Thornton wrapped up the result for the students.

UCD led from start to finish in what was a well-contested Division 1B clash. Their out-half Niall Earls opened the scoring with a third minute penalty before Bruff's stubborn defence eventually gave way and Andrew Boyle dotted down.

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With just minutes left in the first half, centre David McSharry lit up the game with a terrific individual try. The recent Connacht debutant showed a clean pair of heels to the Bruff rearguard and Earls, who had added a second penalty, landed the conversion.

The second half was a scrappy affair. Bruff raised their hopes of mounting a comeback as Shine scored early on and the influential Brian Cahill tagged on a penalty goal.

But Thornton's successful kick took the pressure off the young students who face a difficult trip to in-form Ballymena in the next round.

Referee: Jonathan Peak (IRFU)