Town beats gown in thrilling encounter

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Coleraine Rugby Club took the honours against University of Ulster, Coleraine, on Saturday.

The town were dominant in most aspects of the game, but the Uni made their presence felt, securing three tries, and punishing the visitors’ every mistake.

In the end Coleraine claimed another bonus point win with a 19-28 scoreline.

Speaking after the game Coleraine coach John Boyd said: “We made a number of mistakes and the Uni took advantage of those. Our penalty count was too high and at times we didn’t press home our advantage.

“We got some rhythm back in the second half, and we are happy to take the win, but we will be working hard in training this week ahead of our visit to Grosvenor at the weekend.”

Two minutes in Brian Cochrane made a searing break, popping the ball to Ali Irwin who won the race to the line for the try. Bokkie Carstens was just wide with the conversion. 0-5

Carstens was able to make amends a few minutes later when he struck a penalty from 25 metres. 0-8

After 10 minutes of concerted Coleraine pressure, a penalty award in front of the posts saw Carstens claim another three points.

As the half drew to a close the Uni made a determined assault on the Coleraine line. After some solid Coleraine defence the referee awarded a penalty try and a conversion in front of the posts, leaving the score at the break at 7-11.

An interception on the Uni line after the restart saw John Gilkinson race clear to score an unconverted try. But four minutes later Nial Irwin crossed the line for Coleraine.The Uni went on the attack and within five minutes created a strong rolling maul to cross the line for a converted try. 19-16

DD Andrews responded though scoring under the posts to make it 21-19, and in the dying minutes he crashed over again to leave the final score 28-19.

This week Coleraine travel to Grosvenor Twos.