Tullamore 43 Boyne 8 (AIL Div 2c)

Coming off the disappointing result from the week before, Boyne made the journey to the midlands to take on Tullamore hoping for a better result in this fixture. When the sides met in the earlier first round stage of this league Boyne came close to winning the encounter losing narrowly.
For the opening 20 minutes of this game it looked as though they might well reverse the earlier round result when they played excellent rugby to forge an 8pts lead. They opened with a determination and no little panache to really take the game to Tullamore. Their opening period of controlled rugby was rewarded with an excellent try after 7 minutes when they forced a lineout from one of their offensives. A good clean take won possession which was transferred to the outside backs and following a series of excellent transfers across the back line, full back Duffy made an incisive inside run to receive the scoring pass for a fine try. Out Half Kerbey missed the conversion to leave the score at 5pts to the visitors. There was plenty of hope for optimism at this stage for the Boyne travelling support with their side in the ascendency and presenting problems for Tullamore with good work in the ruck and maul along with plenty of running rugby which had the opposition floundering. Their lead was increased a short time later when following more combined good work by forwards and backs they had a series of phases from which out half Kerbey decided to drop a field goal to increase their lead to 8pts.
Matters began to change from the 20th minute however, when Tullamore began to exert some pressure. Boyne were still managing to keep their defence intact but a lost lineout on the halfway line saw them lose possession with a penalty resulting from the ensuing ruck. Boyne’s concentration lapsed and the Tullamore kicker decided to ‘tap and go’ outwitting the Boyne defence to sprint away before feeding scrum half, Deverall, to go under the posts for their opening score on the 26th minute which was easily converted by full back, Dunne.
Despite Boyne’s best efforts to restore their earlier dominance, it was Tullamore who proceeded to take control and eventually take the lead on the 29th minute when Boyne went offside to concede a penalty just outside their 22’ in front of the posts. Full back Dunne landed the kick to bring the score to 10pts to 8pts.
Boyne did try to penetrate the home sides defence and they were contained with Tullamore now starting to counter attack with runs, passing and kicking with more confidence. Boyne also found themselves conceding penalties which denied them more attacking options.
Tullamore were now in free running mode and increased their lead when Boyne lost a lineout just inside the half way and Tullamore made good use of the resultant possession to score their second try which was converted by full back Dunne. Just before half time Tullamore really put daylight between the teams when they scored a marvellous try with their forwards doing the initial hard work to bring play deep into Boyne danger territory before their backs took over and completed the task with their centre, Dylan Kelso, crossing for a try in the corner. They failed with the conversion to leave the half time score 22pts to 8pts.
Boyne faced a mammoth task in the second half and despite a spirited effort, they could not stem the flow of a Tullamore side who crossed for three more tries before full time to bring their scoring tally to 43pts with a league bonus point also secured.
Boyne did make a bold bid to narrow the scoring gap just after half time when full back, Eoghan Duffy, made a great break from deep in his own half and almost made the Tullamore line. To their credit, Boyne never gave up and tried to the end for another score but Tullamore defended well and deprived the visitors of any further scores.
There will be plenty to ponder for a Boyne team & mentors following such a bright opening to the game which promised so much but evaporated following 20 minutes play with the quick ‘tap and go’ penalty which commenced the Tullamore onslaught for the remainder of the game.
There is no doubt, in the main, this is a young Boyne outfit and they are in a rut at the moment with matters not going their way. They have some fine players in their squad and enough experience in their ranks to steady the ship for the coming games. There have been a number of injuries and withdrawals from the squad which has not helped their cause. There is still a resolve in the squad to preserve their AIL status and with seven games to go this is certainly possible given the result sequence of last weekend.
Boyne XV & Repls; Eoghan Duffy; Robbie Brodigan, Ronan O’Brien, Brian Howell, Adam Brodigan; Niall Kerbey, Nick Smith; John Kinsella, Padraig Mongey, Hugh Carolan; Richard Shuttleworth, Ciaran Smith; George Cooney (Capt), Rory Hennessy, Stuart Lam. Repls; all used, Patrick Shuttleworth, Jerry Onianwa, Sean Woods, Ben Dunphy, Shane Campbell.