Another impressive win for Strabane.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

STRABANE ran out comfortable 33-10 winners on Saturday against Virginia in Ulster Rugby Championship


Strabane lead by 19-3 at half-time, and opened the scoring after ten minutes when after some good forward driving, prop Jimmy Hamilton got over, with skipper Alastair Ferguson converting for an early 7-0 lead.

Hooker Gary Smith was then unlucky not to get over, with his foot in touch as he dived for the corner.

On 25 minutes, Strabane forced a five metre scrum resulting in number eight Gordon Black touching down, with Ferguson missing the follow-up kick.

Virginia out-half Fergus Hennessey got his teams first points with a conversion, but just on the stroke of halftime, Strabane got a vital score when James Perry made a searing break inside his own half down the right wing, and with only the full back to beat he offloaded to Nathan Cummings who went over. Hamilton converted with a fine touchline kick to.

On 55 minutes, after a strong five minute spell, Virginia were given two penalties which they opted to run, and out-half Hennessey got himself over the line.

With 20 minutes to go and the score at 19-10 to Strabane, the game was in the balance, but Strabane responded well when scrum-half Davy Craig broke from halfway after picking up a loose ball. Making up a lot of ground, he found winger Rory Lynch who went over to ensure the bonus point, and Hamilton converting.

Right at the end, Strabane moved the ball wide again and Perry finished off the move in the corner. Hamilton again converted to cap off the 23 point win.


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