Coleraine remain top with defeat of Randalstown

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Coleraine remain top with defeat of Randalstown thumbnailColeraine’s Adam Parke breaks free from a Randalstown tackle during Saturday’s league game.

COLERAINE maintained number one spot in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division Two league following a bonus point win away to Randalstown on Saturday. In a spirited game Coleraine's pack dominated, creating the platform for four tries, including a Steven Dickey hat-trick. The final 26-0 scoreline maintains a six-point space between the 'Cookstown' sponsored Bannsiders and second placed CIYMS.
The home side started on the attack and within five minutes suffered a set-back as hooker Stuart Evans was injured. This meant the pack was reorganised to bring James Blair to the front row beside Dijon McCorkell as Chris Nash moved to the hooker role.
Both sides threw everything into attack and play moved swiftly from end to end. A number of scoring opportunities were denied, Coleraine crossing the line only to have the ball held up on more than one occasion.
With twenty two minutes gone the Coleraine pack showed their dominance with a sustained attack culminating in a massed surge over the line, number eight Steven Dickey getting the touchdown. Alan Clarke was on target with a well struck conversion to make it seven-nil.
Ten minutes later Clarke was just wide with a twenty five metre penalty awarded after a period of intense Coleraine pressure.
Just before the break Coleraine had the put-in at a five metre scrum and the pack ground their way across the line, Dickey again judging things well to secure the score. Clarke was also on target to double Coleraine's lead (0-14).


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