Fourteen-man Coleraine earn bonus point in Carrick defeat

Thursday, 22 February 2018

COLERAINE lost by two points against Carrick on Saturday after a bruising encounter.
Three times they were reduced to 14 men following yellow card penalty decisions - and the visitors benefitted from two penalty try awards. It was a hard fought match and in the end Coleraine had to be content with a losing bonus point.
Coleraine coach Richard Boyd was disappointed but proud of his team's efforts.
Speaking after the match, he said: "I'm obviously disappointed with the result but delighted by the effort and spirit shown by the squad. Carrick are one of the biggest sides in the league and have a strong set piece and that was the key to their win, which they deserved.
“I thought we played some excellent rugby in the first half and Carrick couldn't cope when we played with any tempo at all. I thought Steven Dickey was outstanding and led our young pack throughout the game and they really worked tirelessly again.
“Carrick stayed in the game with their scrum and they were relentless in this area. We couldn't get parity at all and to concede two penalty tries and have both props sin binned is a reflection of their dominance.
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