AIL rugby: Division 1A leaders Cork Constitution can't be blown off course

AIL rugby: Division 1A leaders Cork Constitution can't be blown off course
Jack Crowley, Cork Con, supported by Rob Jermyn, evades the tackle by Evan O'Gorman, Young Munster. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Dublin University 0 Cork Constitution 27 

RUNAWAY Energia All-Ireland Division 1A leaders Cork Constitution continued their impressive streak, with their 14th successive league victory coming at the expense of an outclassed Dublin University at a Baltic College Park on Saturday afternoon.

In conditions where just to be in attendance was character building, Con completely stifled the college students, while securing all five match-points on offer.

With a south-westerly gale gusting across the pitch, and near-freezing conditions, it was never going to be a try-fest, so points on the board were always going to come with a premium. Therefore, Con’s blistering start to the game was crucial to the outcome.

They took only three minutes to register their first try. 

Centre Jack Costigan put blindside flanker James Murphy through a gaping hole in the centre of the Trinity defence, and he fed the supporting scrum half Gerry Hurley who just about squeezed over, under the posts, despite some desperate last-ditch defence from the home side.

Con’s second try highlighted their quality. 

From a Con scrum on halfway the ball was fed to left-wing Billy Crowley, who sliced diagonally across the pitch to release full-back Jonathan Wren on a slaloming run down the right. Then when Con ran it back to the left, centre Alex McHenry was able to play Crowley in for a simple touch down.

As the weather conditions deteriorated the quality on show inevitably went with it. 

With that being the case Con were happy to add a further three points from the boot of out-half Aidan Moynihan to give them a three-score buffer of 15-0 in the 49th minute.

With the game in the bag Con were then able to cut loose.

Scorers for Cork Constitution: Tries: Gerry Hurley, JJ O’Neill, Billy Crowley, Penalty try; Cons: Aidan Moynihan, Pen try con; Pen: Aidan Moynihan.

DUBLIN: C Hogan; R Russell, G Jones, J Hickey (c), P Opperman; M O’Kennedy, L O’Reilly; B Vermeulen, M Nicholson, D Doyle, A Greene, R Pim, J McKeown, A Francis, A Ryan.

Subs: J McCarthy, J Connolly and J Fennelly for McKeown, O’Reilly and Hogan (22), T Connolly for Vermeulen (51), G Downing for Nicholson (75).

CORK CON: J Wren; JJ O’Neill, J Costigan, A McHenry, B Crowley; A Moynihan, G Hurley; L O’Connor, J Sutton, D Murphy, J O’Callaghan, C O’Flaherty, J Murphy, R O’Neill, D Hyland.

Subs: E Mintern for O’Flaherty (23), O’Flaherty for James Murphy (51), P Kelleher for Dylan Murphy (53), D Williams for Moynihan (58), M Abbott and B Matthews for Sutton and Crowley (72). 

Referee: Eoghan Cross

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