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UCC Hammered By Rampant Lansdowne

UCC Hammered By Rampant Lansdowne

Wanting to put in big performance to honour their late clubman Moss Keane, Lansdowne secured the result of the weekend when defeating UCC 61-13 in their first game on the new back pitch at the Aviva Stadium.

Moss Keane had played for both these clubs and a very well respected minute's silence was held before Saturday's All-Ireland League Division 1B encounter.

Out-half Andrew Burke, the division's top scorer after the opening weekend, kicked a penalty and converted hooker Andrew Cudmore's try, after a terrific attacking surge, to move UCC into a 10-6 lead.

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But on an eventful afternoon for the Munster-capped player, Burke added a second penalty before being sin-binned. Lansdowne seized their opportunity to hit back with a lovely converted try from scrum half John Cooney.

Lansdowne built on their 16-13 interval advantage, stringing together an incredible seven tries as they ripped the Cork students apart in the second period.

Their clever lines of running and superb phase-building in attack helped the home side race clear on the scoreboard.

Cooney completed his brace, wingers Matt Healy (2) and David Kearney also crossed the whitewash, as did lock Willie Earle and out-half Eoghan Hickey.

It was fitting that Earle, the man wearing Moss' famous number 4 jersey, turned in such a fine individual display that he won the man-of-the-match award.

Hickey, the former Leinster and Munster player, kicked six conversions and three penalties for an impressive 26-point personal haul. The eighth and final try fell to inside centre Shane Gahan.

The result and manner of the performance, particularly in the second half, was just what Lansdowne needed after their opening day defeat at Buccaneers. UCC will have to lick their wounds before entertaining Bruff at the Mardyke on October 23.

Referee: Jonathan Peak (IRFU)