RUGBY: Defeat for Coleraine in Dromore

Action from Coleraine's defeat at Dromore on Saturday.
Action from Coleraine's defeat at Dromore on Saturday.

Coleraine travelled to County Down on Saturday and lost out to a strong Dromore side in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championships.

The ‘Cookstown’ sponsored Bannsiders are still suffering the effects of a number of long term injuries and on the day were not able to counter the heavier Dromore side.

In the end Dromore took the honours 27-3 and Coleraine will be working hard on the training pitch prior to their next match at home to CIYMS on 30 December.

There are no games on the run-up to Christmas but there will be a friendly Coleraine Select v Coleraine Exiles game on Boxing Day. The match will be a big draw at the club and an opportunity for friends to celebrate being home over the festive period.

If you are a former member of the club or you have family members coming home for Christmas and they would enjoy a friendly game, get in touch with the club. Members will also be able to enjoy the bar and music to bring the afternoon to a close.

On Saturday Dromore exerted their influence from the start and scored a converted try within eight minutes and on fifteen minutes they doubled their tally with another in the corner.

Michael Poskitt was on target a few minutes later to secure three points from a 30 metre penalty conversion. Before the break Dromore claimed three further points from a penalty and Poskitt was just short with a long range attempt. The half time score Dromore 17-3 Coleraine.

In the second half Dromore continued their attack, claiming points from a penalty and a roll-over try. Coleraine defended well despite twice being reduced to fourteen men but the final scoreline was Dromore 27-3 Coleraine.

Coleraine Thirds had a more successful outing to City of Derry, winning their second round McCambley Cup match 19-35.