Both Montreal Irish men’s teams put on fine displays of rugby at the weekend, running in a combined total of 13 trys out in Ormstown.
In a day that turned from baking heat to torrential rain, the conditions did little to stifle a very solid performance from the 2nd XV who beat Ormstown 40 – 7 with some fine displays from some of our new rookie talent, notably: Vasken and Yannick in the backs and Ehmran and Izzy in the forwards. The senior members were also on form and Cormac Long was impeccable with the boot, knocking over no less than five of the six conversion opportunities and also crossing the line himself for an impressive all round performance.
Ormstown battled well and didn’t give up much ground in the early stages of the game forcing the Irish into many tight situations, but just couldn’t capitalise on this early possession, leaving a younger Irish side to run out triumphant after 80 minutes.
Final Score: MIRFC 40 – 7 Saracens
The 1st team, with a tough act to follow, made no mistake of stamping their authority on the game early, with some excellent scrummaging and slick back play. They also managed to run in a total of seven trys – the best of which went unnoticed by the crowd as they ran for cover from the downpour – downpour which did little to interrupt an excellent back line play that ended up with Michel Angorra beating his man to score in the corner.
Ormstown started the second half very strong and with some good second half substitutions they made life very difficult for the Irish scrum in the last half hour of the game. It was however too little too late and were probably guilty of all too often kicking away hard fought valuable possession to the Irish back three. Despite a spirited comeback, the Irish remained dominant.
Final Score: MIRFC 46 – 10 Saracens and another two wins for the Irish.
On note on the day was quality refereeing. The seconds games was reffed by an Ormstown ref who was, by all accounts, very solid and fair. The firsts were also well reffed by Chris, who let them teams play but quickly penalized infractions.
Also of note was Ormstown’s performance after the game. True to their reputation, the Ormstown boys were fantastic hosts. From after game beers, to jugs at the pub, to pizza….. It is always good to see that some of the finer traditions in rugby are alive and well. Cheers boys.
– Mark G and Dave C