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J3 (filed by Norman Byrne)
Barnhall 10 DLSP 15
The J3s deservedly won their second successive league match in beautiful conditions in Leixlip on Sunday and in the process, moved further up in the league to fifth place. Similar to the win over Greystones last week, beating Barnhall was a key result as they sit directly above Salmo in the table.
Salmo settled into the match very quickly and were very much on top early on. Strong running throughout the team, together with some shrewd positional kicking, ensured that the match was being played deep in Barnhall territory.
Salmo deservedly took the lead after 8 minutes, when a lineout following an excellent backline move was taken by Steve Stapleton and the pack mauled a full 20 metres for prop Cathal Ryan (excellent throughout his 55 minurtes on the pitch) to claim the touchdown.
Ten minutes later, in a carbon copy of the first try, Salmo again earned a lineout in the Barnhall 22 and clever mauling astutely supported by scrumhalf Darren Spring, took them over the line and Ryan again came up with ball in hand for his second try of the game.
At that stage, Salmo looked set for a clear win and when wing Aaron scored a fine team try five minutes before the break, thoughts moved to bonus points. Unfortunately, the achilles heel that is the teams placekicking problem meant that none of the three tries was added to and the halftime lead was 15-0.
Salmo started the second half well and almost scored a fourth try when centre Martin Dormer (the best player on the pitch) took a great line through the middle, but an unfortunate knock-on from the following phase let Barnhall off the hook. They then got their act together with some astute(!) substitutions which had a major positive impact on their team and Salmo were soon under the cosh.
A penalty kick 20 minutes in was followed by a close-in try 10 minutes later despite some excellent Salmo defence. The conversion brought the gap to just 5 points and suddenly, thoughts of bonus points turned to a focus to at least hang on to the victory. Ten minutes of outstanding defence eventually resulted in turnover and Mark Sheehy happily thumped the ball out of play for the final whistle.
Captain Neil Mitchell (himself excellent on the day): "we're delighted with this second win on the bounce. The backline was really good, showing how fortunate we are to have so many guys who can perform well in a number of positions. Up front we dominated the lineout, thanks to Mong o's superb throwing and that laid the platform. While we didn't land the fourth-try bonus point, it was a good day at the office and we now look forward to hosting Lansdowne next week".
J5 Filed by David Lillis
Salmo's J5's had a good win over a very competitive Bective Rangers team at Kirwan Park on Sunday. This win put's them into third in the league, which is a fantastic achievement for a team that was put together to get games for new players to the game.
Men of the match performance included: Brian Murray, Seth George, Andrew Bishop, amongst others.
This Saturday sees 3rd Vs 2nd when we take on Tallaght at kirwan Park, all support welcome.
Ps Great to see Tom Leigh (aka "LEO"), lining out after 6 years away from the Salmo Jersey.
Filed by Paul Looby
J3's Home to Lansdowne in J3 league 19.30 Kirwan Park
1st XV away to Old Wesley in AIL 14.30KO Donnybrook
J5's Home to Tallaght in J5 League 14.30KO Kirwan Park
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Tis and Dat
Speedy recovery to Peter Tunney who cracked a bone last Wednesday playing for the vets against Suttionians
Area 22 was in the club last week filming the J3s for their drop goal tournament. The programme will be aired the night before the Italy v Ireland game and we’re sworn to secrecy about the outcome.
Good to see Ed Sheridan back in the club after his long illness