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Coleraine move clear in title race with win

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Coleraine move clear in title race with win thumbnailSupporting Coleraine from the sidelines are Jeff and Ivan Love, who sponsored the rugby match against CIYMS on Saturday, Jackie Millar and Andrew Hutchinson.

Coleraine................17 CIYMS..............8

COLERAINE secured number one spot in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship with a solid win over second place CIYMS on Saturday. The Coleraine men notched up a 17-8 win over their Belfast-based rivals and now have a six point lead and one game advantage in the league. Next up is Randalstown this weekend and an away match that is sure to pose a serious challenge for Coleraine.
After the game, Coleraine's head coach Richard Boyd said: "I'm delighted we got the four points today and I am really proud of the boys and the character they demonstrated.
“This was always going to be a nervy and tight game but I thought we really stepped up to the mark and took control in the second half. It was important to win today. Our aim was to stop CI getting any league points from this game and we achieved that.
“I thought the pack deserve a lot of credit; with our scrum and maul again giving us an edge against a massive CI pack.
“I thought our back row were outstanding with Bonnar, Dickey and Christie all showing how valuable they are to the side.
“CIYMS are a very good side and played a high tempo, very physical game. We were ill-disciplined and kicked poorly in the first half and that allowed CI to gain territory and also get their dangerous back three into the game.
“However, I thought our defence stood firm for the majority of the game and we showed great composure at times to get ourselves out of trouble."
Looking ahead, Richard added: "We finish this block of fixtures off next weekend against a tough Randalstown side who have been in good form of late. This will be a stern test for the squad and we will have to improve our kicking game and line-out if we want to get another win.

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