Boyne U13's had a heavy schedule and mixed weekend of results losing 15-5 to Mullingar in a tight encounter on Saturday and beating Malahide 40 - 0 on Sunday.
After victories over Balbriggan and Naas last week Boyne U13's continue winning run with a hard fought win over Barnhall. Boyne travelled to Barnhall this week and again started slowly conceding the first try in the first five minutes, Barnhall failed to convert and Boyne got into their stride driving up field with some strong rucking. Boyne were struggling at the scrum against a heavy Barnhall scrum but Jack Higgins at scrumhalf and Dan Grennan at eight made the best use of poor ball.
Boyne came from 12/10 down at half-time to beat Naas 12-22 in Naas on Sunday. A slow start by Boyne allowed Naas to be 12-0 up after 5 minutes at which time Boyne came alive and started an impressive fight back which prevented Naas from scoring for the remainder of the game.
Boyne U13's lost narrowly away to Greystones. There was not much between the teams. Playing into the wind Boyne scored first through Fiachra McEnaney Jack Keogh converted. Greystones then hit back using the power of a much heavier pack and led 14 - 7 at half time. Boyne defended well in the first minutes as Greystones tried to turn up the pressure but some great tackling from Emmet Murphy on the wing kept Boyne in it. Boyne responded with a try from centre Sean Callaghan who used his strenght to force his way over the line.
Boyne under 13's scored a comprehensive win against Lansdowne at Shamrock lodge on Sunday 12th. The final score was 56 - 0 and the big positive for Boyne was not the points scored but the defensive shut out. Bouncing back from a bad defeat at Navan last week, Boyne started the game with a greater ferocity than last week and pinned the Lansdowne attack back in their own half with Lansdowne unable to make ground against a stout Boyne defence. Unlike last week Boyne worked hard for each other and frequently two Boyne players made the tackle simultaneously.
Boyne U13’s continue their good start to the season. After last weeks good run to the final of the 10 a side blitz in Navan, This was the first outing at 15 a side for this team and was a good, tough intro to 15 a side on a full pitch .
Boyne won the game 42 – 26 with lots of strong performance across the full squad.
***Please bring runners for practice on Friday evening, as boots are not allowed on their synthetic practice pitch - boots are ok for tournament. ***Please bring your swimming togs as we may be going to a swimming pool on Sunday.
Here are the details of the trip to the Rugby Club Luxembourg 2nd Under 13's International Tournament. Boyne RFC won the tournament in 2007. We are bringing 18 players to compete against 11 other teams from Europe.
Boyne U13s v Winnington Park RFC:
Boyne U13s entertained English touring side Winnington Park RFC at the Lodge on Saturday 1st March.
Winnington Park started strongly and some good running rugby was rewarded with 3 tries before halftime. Boyne fought back well with 2 tries of their own before Winnington Park sealed the win late in the second half with a further 2 tries.
Droitwich RFC from the English Midlands travelled to Drogheda to play Boyne U13s in a mid-term friendly. Boyne started with great gusto but were hauled back and eventually defeated by a strong Droitwich team who act as a feeder team for premiership side Worcester. The match was a free flowing affair with great rugby played by both sides. After the match Droitwich enjoyed Boyne's hospitality while watching England edge past Italy.
Boyne U13s ended up on the wrong side of a heavy defeat by a Navan side who played great rugby, running in tries from all areas of the pitch in today's metro league match. Brave tackling by Ruairi O'Grady and Ryan Reid among others could not stop the visitors running away with the match. Anthony Butterly,Patrick Winters and Padraic Daly contributed well to the Boyne effort.
Boyne Star Man: Ruairi O'Grady.