AIL DIVISION 2C: BRUFF RFC 22 – 25 MIDLETON RFC (31.10.2015)
Midleton RFC 1st XV travelled to Bruff RFC on Saturday 31st October for their sixth match of this year’s AIL campaign. Last season’s meeting of the two sides saw Midleton come away with a win, a feat the lads so wonderfully repeated this time round.
Midleton opened the scoring just 6 minutes into the game with a long-range penalty cleanly struck by Stuart Lee from 40 yards out. Bruff reacted by stepping up the pressure, forcing errors which allowed them to level things up with a penalty from Tony Cahill in the 12th minute. The Midleton defence was tested when a foray into their 22 saw the Bruff men punish with another Midleton infringement costing a further 3 points. The side quickly galvanised with strong forward play and hard fought yards rewarded with a try from Sean White. Stuart Lee’s conversion put Midleton into the lead 6 -10.
The Limerick men responded in force, retaining much of the possession from the restart and confining play to the Midleton half. They battled courageously winning a five metre scrum from a break through the Midleton defence which was deemed to have been held up. Their second attack paid dividends however with a try from Davy Horan which was converted to level the sides at 13 – 13. A Midleton penalty at the stroke of half-time was to be a taster of what was to commoner the following 40 minutes.
Bruff drew first blood in the second half with a penalty to level the scores once again. The sides were very evenly matched in the second half with neither team giving an inch at the breakdown. Pressure-forced errors saw a brace of penalties awarded to both teams, and Midleton’s dominance in the scrum was converted into more points from the boot of Stuart Lee. Tony Cahill’s 30 metre penalty kick, 10 minutes from the final whistle would be the final score of the game. This 3 point win sees Midleton climb to fourth on the table, just a point shy of Tullamore RFC who we play at home next weekend.