Both Senior Men sides progress to the Semi Finals after convincing wins against Sherbrooke and Ormstown.
2nd XV Game Notes
The MIRFC 2nd XV put on a fine display of rugby to secure their undisputed position in the semi-final of the play-offs with an 86-6 point victory over Sherbrooke. The home advantage paid dividends as the Irish took on a side that had to field a 1st XV side away to St Anne’s.
Not to take away from a fine Irish performance that saw no less than 13 trys scored, a staggering five of which came from our very own ‘Number 2’ – Rob Lowe. Other notable performances came from veteran No 9, D’Arcy Ryan who also got on the score card but more importantly kept the game going at a blistering pace – and young Xavier who came off the right wing to pop and offer support on the opposite touch line and score in the corner.
Mention is also deserved of Andrew O’Kill-Griffen who despite taking a serious knock in the first half went on to score two great trys – one from a 40m run.
Another fine performance for the undefeated men of the Irish Reserve!
Next week sees the MIRFC 2nd XV taking on Wanderers at St Julie (1:30pm) in the Semi-Finals and considering last time out, the Irish took victory by a single point – this is sure to be a fantastic contest.
1st XV Game Notes
The MIRFC 1st XV learned their lesson from last week’s match against Ormstown and avoided the slow start that caused them some trouble in the last game of the regular season.
An early penalty settled the nerves and the Irish went on to secure a 37-17 victory and always seemed to be in the ascendancy. The Irish pack rucked hard to leave quick ball for the backs and this proved to be decisive with Michel scoring twice on the left Wing and the returning James Acker scoring a great chip and chase on the right.
A few lapses in defence allowed the strong Ormstown centres to break through and score at either end, but the Irish side always looked like they were going to win with two more trys coming off a line out drive and a crash ball in the centre.
The Irish scrum was extremely dominant and tribute should be paid to the Irish front row who fought hard all game and didn’t give an inch.
Next weeks sees the Irish 1st XV travel to Quebec City for the Semi-Final in what will no doubt prove to be a tighter game.