With two fantastic results on Saturday the MIRFC club progresses to next weeks finals with all three men’s senior teams representing.
The MIRFC 2nd XV kicked off at 1:30 in St Julie against Wanderers and a lightning start found them 14 – O up within the first 10 minutes. Dominating the set piece and open play the Irish put on a fine display of rugby against a strong Wanderers side who could do little to stop a rampant Irish attack.
Andrew O’Kill Griffin who was all over the park at 7, scored two break-away tries, one from a brave charge down and chase the other a 20m sprint.
Outside Centre Nasos Makriyiannis also got a brace of tries, one from a simple pick up over the line and the other from some fancy footwork stepping in and out to evade the attention of two defenders before sprinting over the line.
Two more tries came from the forwards; a typical bull charge by veteran prop Dave Linard and the other from a quick penalty that saw Captain Bob Meunier go over from the 5m line.
There were some good periods of play from Wanderers but they could not muster enough to stop the Irish in maintaining their unbeaten form.
Final score Irish 42 – Wanderers 7
The 1st XV had to make the always difficult trip to Quebec City to play a side that had beaten them convincingly in the regular season. Having examined errors from that game the Irishconcentrated on correcting these issues at training and arrived in a confident mood that they could take away the win.
In blustery conditions the Irish kicked off to Quebec and were rarely out of their half for the next 40 minutes exerting huge pressure on the opposition and kicking well to keep them pinned down. The forwards set piece play was excellent and the rucking produced some of the best ball Andy Plimer has seen all season.
The first score came from winger Clinton Toffa after quick thinking by Andy Plimer at 9 saw a quick tap and pass put Clint in, in the corner.
Quebec tried to slow down Irish ball but were penalised and after missing the first conversion Fly-Half Huw Roberts kicked a nice penalty to convert a long period of pressure into some points.
A fly hack by Quebec’s left wing was stopped somewhat unconventionally by Roberts who drew the man and released No. 9 Andy Plimer who did the same for Michel Anorga, who sprinted down the tram lines outpacing a retreating defence to score under the posts, leaving an easy conversion for Huw.
The third Irish try came on the stroke of half time when a lineout 5m out was held up on the line before Hooker Gary MacDougall used all his strength to rip the ball from Quebec hands in the maul and a quick pass from 9 allowed Huw to crash the ball in just left of the uprights. Converted.
Half Time 22-0
Quebec were first to react in the second half after the Irish conceded a penalty 10m out – a quick tap and a sluggish Irish reaction to the call allowed Quebec to cross the line. This was converted to leave the score 22 – 7 and Quebec were back in the game.
The Irish stepped their game up once again and after going down to 14 men with a defensive scrun 5m out, defended well and pressured Quebec into dropping the ball. With this period of pressure absorbed the Irish again went on the attack and Full back Morgan Findlay who had probably his best game of the season in terms of decision making beat several Quebec defenders and ran in a 50m try.
The game was not over yet however and after returning from the sin bin Matt Harris determined to make up for his earlier indiscretion gave a perfectly timed pass to release James Acker who sprinted down the right touchline for the final score of the day on the stroke of full time.
Final Score – Irish 36 – Quebec 7
Next week will see all three Irish Teams in the Finals at St Julie
Montreal Irish III Vs St Anne’s III KO: 10:00am
Montreal Irsih II Vs St Anne’s II KO: 2:00pm
Montreal Irish I Vs St Anne’s I KO: 4:00pm
We would like to thank all our supporters and encourage everyone to come out and wear some green next weekend and help cheer the Irish to historic 3 titles.