Poor first half costs Strabane against leaders Lurgan.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

A POOR first half in which three unanswered tries where conceded cost Strabane dearly in their clash against an unbeaten Lurgan side in the league.


It was only after Lurgan secured a bonus point after their fourth try in the second half that Strabane switched on and started to play rugby. Strabane scored three tries in the last twenty minutes of the game and showed what could have been had they not allowed Lurgan such a positive start in the first half.

Going into the game Strabane knew this was going to be an old fashioned up-front battle for their forwards, and whichever side came out on top of this contest would surely secure the win. It seemed this was a battle Strabane where ready for with the first ten minutes of the game being played in Lurgan's 22.

The aggressiveness shown by Lurgan's forwards at the set-piece caused Strabane's usually reliable scrums and line-outs a lot of pressure. This rattled Strabane and they struggled throughout the first half to get any rhythm into their game.

With Strabane unable to get much going with the ball in hand, they were forced to defend for much of the half. This pressure allowed Lurgan's forwards to crash over for the first try of the game. Lurgan scored another two tries in similar fashion. The bonus point was secured for Lurgan shortly after the second half kicked off with a well worked try off the back of a maul.

Finally with twenty minutes left on the clock Strabane upped the intensity levels and work rate, which had been lacking all game, and managed to put together a series of moves that allowed Ruari Lynch to score in the corner. After the resulting kick-off a break from prop Shane McLaughlin who passed to Strabane's Gary Smyth allowed the hooker to cross the whitewash for a second Strabane score.

Strabane managed a third try before the game ended with strong carrying from Steven Torrens and Simon McSparron allowed space for centre Christopher Robinson who offloaded to winger Ruairi Lynch who scored his second of the game. Final score of the game was 29-15 to Lurgan.

Strabane Firsts are away to Civil Service in the first round of the cup on Saturday, with the Strabane Devels away to Letterkenny. Kick-off is 2:30pm for both games. A new Strabane 3's team will make their debut tonight against City of Derry with kick-off at 8pm. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8pm in Clady.

Mini and Youth Rugby continues Saturday at 10am at Strabane Cricket Club costing 1 per child. If any business would be interested in sponsoring Strabane Rugby Club's new training gear please feel free to get in contact with the Club via social media or contact any player or committee member.


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