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Coleraine claim bragging rights

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Coleraine claim bragging rights thumbnailColeraine’s Bokkie Carstens is stopped in his tracks by the Limavady defence during their New Year’s Eve clash at Sandel Lodge.

COLERAINE FIRST XV.................21 LIMAVADY FIRST XV...................0

COLERAINE claimed the honours in the local derby against Limavady on Saturday. The home side kept control throughout the game and stacked up a 21-0 final score.
The Kukri Championship win keeps Coleraine in second place in that league and in an unassailable top spot in the Conference League, Division 2.
Speaking after the match, Coleraine coach Richard Boyd said: "We are absolutely delighted with the result today. Limavady are a strong team with great ball players and we knew it was going to be a tough match.
“They beat CIYMS away and we knew it was important to get the win first and foremost.
“We have built our whole season on defence and today was a day for looking after the ball, under wet conditions, and really putting pressure on them and the mistakes came.
“We were really delighted to get another win and hopefully we can take this into 2017.
“The next four games are really important - Ballynahinch in the Towns Cup followed by Limavady again, CIYMS and Randalstown - and they are important in terms of the league.
“We will want to take this momentum forward to the end of January but we will be taking it one game at a time," he added.
The match was played in blustery and rainy conditions and the first try went to Coleraine captain Michael Poskitt, a strong running attack, with eight minutes gone, punching through the Limavady defence and bringing a try in the corner.

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