On a sweltering day at St Julie, the Montreal Irish hosted Sherbrooke 1st and 2nd teams with a slightly later than anticipated kick-off time as a result of very heavy traffic on Highway 20.
Despite the delay, the Irish Seconds started briskly and quickly stamped their authority on the game, with a typical barging run from veteran prop Dave Linard who trampled over the line to score the first points of the game, which Cormac Long duly converted. 7 – nil.
As expected the Sherbrooke pack contested well in the scrums but found it difficult to compete with a well organised Irish line-out, that managed to steal quite a few on the Sherbrooke throw. Some of these steals were in key positions on the field and the Irish managed to run in two more tries thanks to great support work by Dave Demarest and solid straight running by Rob (Number 2) Lowe. Both of which were again converted by Cormac.
The game was extremely well marshalled by Keith Pilon (who also managed to get on the score sheet) and quick hands from Dave O’Neill allowed the outside backs to begin to take advantage of the space being created by the forwards.
Undoubtedly the best try of the game came in the dying moments, when prop (Dave Linard) linked with prop come winger Stephane ‘Butch’ Boucher who stretched well to gather the 10m pass and beat the covering defence on the outside to dive and score in the corner.
Final score: 31 – 0
The Division A game also suffered a delay – again due to the traffic situation which created an element of ‘stop-start’ to game preparations for both teams. This combined with the heat, made for a slow start to the game. It took at least ten minutes before a pattern developed and it came from the Irish who after solid forward play and some nice link up play in the backs allowed Morgan Findlay to cross for the first try which was converted by Huw Roberts.
The next 20 minutes of the game saw plenty of errors from both sides and Sherbrooke took advantage of an Irish indiscretion to put 3 points on the board. This was to be the only score for the Abenakis however and the Irish went onto to dominate the game with some nice scores from both backs and the forwards.
There were two yellow cards shown as the visitors struggled to deal with a rampant Irish attack and the man advantage made a telling difference – allowing MIRFC to score 43 unanswered points in the second half and take away another bonus point.
Next week will see the Irish travel to the Douglas to play Wanderers.
Final Score: 57 – 3