Silky Sil­vester sees off in­dis­ci­plined Pi­rates Worces­ter kick selves as Har­lequins tri­umph

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

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.

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