Having got their breath back from the opening game, the crowd were entertained to more great action as Coleraine and Virginian U16 sides went head to head in the RB Fleming Cup, for U16 Club sides.
Report and images by Cyril Boyd
Virginia again opened up strongly, putting the first points on the board with a penalty by their No 9, Michael Pienaar. Shortly after No 12, Rory Crawley went in at the far right corner but the kick was not successful leaving the score at 0 – 8 in Virginia’s favour.
This stung Coleraine into action and only last minute tackling kept them short of the line on a couple of occasions but Virginia couldn’t hold out forever and it was Coleraine’s No 14, Oliver McDowell who picked the ball up quite far out and cut across the field to get in at the corner to open their account.
In almost a carbon copy move, the same player went in at the same corner for his second try, this time being converted by his team mate James Francis Burns to take the score to 12 – 8. What a turnaround.
Very early in the second half Coleraine increased their lead with a typical forwards effort, No 3, Jacob Parkhill going over just beside the post, making life easy for Burns with the conversion which took the score to 19 – 8.
Virginia weren’t out of it yet with their No 13, Jensen Tyne bursting through from the middle for a fine individual try. Unfortunately the conversion missed to leave the score at 19 – 13.
The action wasn’t over yet and it was Coleraine who finally saw off their opposition with a fine try in the corner by No 11, Ben Neely to take it to 24 – 13.
No further try scoring but additional points were added with a penalty ably converted by Burns to take the final score to Coleraine 27 Virginia 13.