Strabane battle hard for bonus point win away to Cavan.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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STRABANE took to the road this week on the long trip away to Cavan in what was sure to be a tough test for the first squad.


So it proved as Strabane had to battle hard for every point with a number of defensive stands on their own try line proving key to a massive five points on the road.

Tries from Peter Browne, James Perry and a brace from Colin Campbell ensured the win for the visitors.

Strabane were under no illusions that this would be an extremely tough day at the office as Cavan is never an easy ground to travel to for any team.

As the game kicked off Strabane mounted early pressure on the Cavan defence with their lineouts working well and the scrum very dominant with an early turnover. Unfortunately, this pressure never turned into points with some poor handling from Strabane allowed Cavan to clear their lines.

Cavan managed to gain some good field position of their own and with some quick pick and go's they managed to drive over for a score, 10-0 to Cavan. Strabane settled after this and again managed to get themselves into the Cavan 22.

An offload from Shane McLaughlin to flanker Peter Browne gave Browne the space to burst through several Cavan tacklers and cross for Strabane's first score.

A Cavan penalty and the resulting Strabane lineout gave James Perry room in the corner to score just before the half.

10-12 to Strabane with all to play for in the second half.

A poor restart gave Cavan the ball deep in Strabane territory and managed to cross for the first score of the second half. Strabane regrouped and some powerful running from Steven Torrens and debutant Gareth Preston pushed Cavan back into their own 22. Good hands and a turn of pace allowed Colin Campbell to score under the posts.

Again, after the restart Cavan pushed hard for the score. Their pack battered the Strabane try line but some superb defensive work and a try saving tackle from Nathan Cummings on the wing eventually led to a Strabane penalty. Fitness became the major factor in the last 10 minutes of the game with Cavan beginning to tire.

This allowed James Perry to make a break up the wing and a fine pass to Colin Campbell beat the Cavan fullback for pace and scored Strabane's fourth try. Final score 14-24 to Strabane.

The Strabane Devels progressed to the second round of the cup as City of Derry were unable to field their seconds squad.

Strabane Firsts are away to Holywood on Saturday, kick-off is 2.30pm. Training continues Tuesday night at Newtownstewart 3G pitch and Thursday nights in Clady commencing 8pm both nights.

All new players welcome. Mini and Youth Rugby continues Saturday at 10am at Strabane Cricket Club costing 1 per child.


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