RUGBY: U17S GO DOWN FIGHTING AGAINST CITY OF DERRY

3 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Last week one of Ulster’s biggest clubs, Ballynahinch, couldn’t get its U17s across the line against this Premier outfit (with the growing reputation), and were comprehensively beaten by Derry. But our U17s did what Ballynahinch couldn’t do !

Anyway, just 4 of this MN team are moving on next season and 7 just joined this season, so we get a picture of the relative youth and inexperience of the MN lads. …MN were up against it, opposition was older, wiser and a more experienced outfit. But MN coaches accept that the best team won, a team with a pack that is seen, maybeto be the best at this age in Ulster, the strength, intensity and bulk of their pack out muscling the younger MN forwards, too often for MN to get a grip on the game.

Early warning signals weren’t good when after off loading, the ever threatening Mark Quigley incurred a late heavy tackle to exposed ribs, that even the Derry manager said deserved a red card. Mark never returned to the pitch while his opposite returned after 10 minutes. Nevertheless, MN were able to hold this formidable pack for 10 to 15 minutes at …

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