Silky Silvester sees off indisciplined Pirates Worcester kick selves as Harlequins triumph
MICHAEL Silvester’s brace of tries in the final quarter-of-an-hour saw Dublin University seal a 30-14 win over Division 1A rivals Buccaneers Dubarry Park yesterday.
Trinity outscored Buccs by three tries to one in the second half to make it back-to-back league victories, while Darin Classen’s Pirates remain pointless at the bottom of the table.
Tommy Whittle punished a Buccaneers offside to kick the students into a 6-3 half-time lead, having earlier swapped penalties with Luke Carty.
Buccs appeared to be gaining momentum as Carty kicked them into a 9-6 lead, but suffered a yellow card and then could not capitalise on Whittle’s sin-binning for offside. Strong defence from Trinity was followed by a penalty try for a deliberate knock-on, with Buccs seeing yellow again.
The visitors extended their lead to 20-9 with 19-year-old full-back Silvester’s first try, which was initiated by a superb 50-metre break from hooker Paddy Finlay and a James Fennelly chip kick.
Connacht prospect Peter Claffey powered over for a quick Buccs try in response, but Fennelly turned a scrum penalty into three points before a second score from silky runner Silvester. at POOR goal-kicking cost Worcester as they missed six kicks to allow Harlequins a 41-35 win at the Stoop.
Warriors outscored their opponents by six tries to five to secure two valuable bonus points but a victory was well within their grasp.
They led 18-10 before they suffered crucial injuries with Quins scrum-half Danny Care taking full advantage in the third quarter to inspire his side to victory.