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Coleraine Firsts get better of Portadown

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Coleraine Firsts get better of Portadown thumbnailColeraine coach Richard Boyd gives his team a half-time rollicking after being down by seven points in the league match against Portadown. WK7KC39SP

COLERAINE First XV got back to winning ways on Saturday with a satisfying victory over visitors Portadown.
In the meeting of the Bannsiders, Coleraine fougght back from a 7-0 deficit at the break to win 16-10, despite being reduced to 14 players towards the end.
It was a cold, muddy day and both sides struggled to gain an advantage but in the end Coleraine claimed the four points for a win, Portadown settling for a losing bonus point.
This week, Coleraine are again at home, entertaining Carrick, a team five points in front in the league.
It will be another challenge for Coleraine as they deal with an increasing string of injuries but the young squad are starting to realise their potential and will plan on rising to the occasion.
Speaking after the Portadown match, Head Coach Richard Boyd said: "I am delighted to get a win and really pleased and proud of the effort put in by the squad today.
“Portadown are a well drilled, experienced and physical side who have been on a good run in recent weeks and to turn them over under such poor playing conditions is a real lift for everyone.
“I thought in the first half we looked nervous, made far too many errors with the ball and had to dig really deep at times to stay in the game. The loss of the experienced Brian Cochrane was also a blow to the team and it was important we regrouped at the interval.
“In the second half I thought we produced some of the best rugby we have played all season. We retained possession, played with real tempo and increased our physicality levels. Our set piece was an area of strength and our maul continues to cause teams problems.
“It is well known and documented that we have a serious amount of injuries at the minute but I thought this young side really worked hard together and showed great spirit.
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