’Stones lose out
RUGBY LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CUP
Lansdowne 30, Greystones 10: There was some concern during the week that due to the heavy rainfall this Leinster Senior League Cup game might not go ahead but this proved to be groundless as the pitch was in immaculate condition with both sides serving up a fine game.
Greystones started the brighter of the two teams with their pack securing good possession and their backline giving us a taste of what they do best, run the ball with close support play.
On ten minutes a line-out won by Stuart Abbott and tapped down to scrum-half Dave Popplewell gave out-half Mark Geraghty the opportunity to release his backline, with a clever pass inside pass to onrushing full-back Dave McKechnie. Making twenty metres, he unloaded to right wing Ronan Carroll who set off down the middle and was just stopped short of the line, however the touch judge had signalled for an earlier infringment and a penalty was awarded.
Geraghty, from the twenty-two landed the resultant kick to put Greystones into a three point lead.
Five minutes later and another penalty against the home team saw Geraghty on this ocasion narrowly miss.
After a slow start Lansdowne were now beginning to get their game together and after some good inter-play down the right hand side, second row Ross Liberman crashed over in the corner to finish what was a well worked team try, with out-half Charles Ooesthuizen adding the conversion to put them into a seven points to three lead. With a minute to go in the half, Ooesthuizen knocked over a penalty when a Greystones player was penalised at a ruck, giving them a half-time lead of 10-3.
The second period resumed with the home team having a slight wind advantage and with some good positional kicking, they were soon in Greystones territory. Within the space of ten minutes Stones were further behind, conceding two penalties to extend their lead to 16-3.
However, Greystones soon shook off their previous tardiness and contrived and put together the try of the day.
Lansdowne were deep inside the Greystones twenty-two, when good counter rucking by Dan Kenny and Stu Abbott turned over the ball, centre Conor Cleary, from ten metres short of his line, threw a good pass to Dave McKechnie who started his run, as he advanced just outside the twentytwo he unloaded to left wing Seán Carroll who, almost hugging the touchline charged forward, cutting slightly inside he then went back towards the the touchline fending off two would be tackles, cutting back inside again he made it to the Lansdowne twenty two and with their cover coming accross, he passed back to his left where Cleary had taken up the wing slot, he took the well timed pass and touched down close in to the posts to score the try with Geraghty adding the two points to draw them to within six points of the hosts.
However, with ten minutes to go Greystones sealed their own faith, conceding two easy tries off their own errors.
A poor clearance on their own line saw Ooesthuizen pick up the easiest of tries which he then converted and with almost the last play, a silly attempt to grubber kick from centre Frank Jones, on his own line, saw Lansdowne’s Paul Symmington pick up and score with again Ooesthuizen having the easiest of converts to signal the end of a very good game.
Next week Greystones are away to UCD in The Bowl, where a win is essential if they are to progress, as only one team go through from each group.