UUC 3’s make Butler’s Sheild Semi Final

UUC RFC 3rd XV take on Larne 3’s Away, Saturday 22-02-14 in the semi final of the Butlers Shield, a prospect that would never have crossed anyone’s mind at last years AGM when it was voted to start a 3rd XV side again after 12 years from when it was first removed from the fixture lists.
They are now sitting mid table in their own league and have reached a semi place, from which they can only hope but to go out and challenge for the final and win a place, ‘Win, Lose or Draw it is just an epic thought that this team has come so far this year, with some players that started their season playing for us on the 3’s have went on to play right up through the club. We have had this year, a french, spanish and german players all play for the 3’s this season, with Adrián Benedicto (Spanish) and Ben Schweighöfer (German) both being completely novice to the sport. Coming out to training and becoming a part of rugby and a part of a team which is fantastic and a credit to the club, and after the game Saturday whatever the result we will add some rugby songs for them too take back home, it is what the 3’s is all about’ Says Richard Boyd 3rd XV Capatin. He goes on to add ‘Rugby should be enjoyed at all times, and this semi final is just another game were we shall go out to enjoy, with no pressure to win, no pressure to lose, we are all mates and look out for each other and that is what a team is about. I hope that is what I have shown these lads this season though I have to say these lessons have been made easy in the support from Big William Waddell and Nigel Irwin who have all had a say in the sing songs on the way home from games.’

So whats next after the semi final?  ‘After the semi final win or lose we still have a few games left and we intend to go out and win them to end the season on high, fingers crossed with Ulster winning their game against Saracens April 5th, from there we will concentrate on developing a team for next year and hopefully achieve another fantastically enjoyable season. The great thing about student rugby is you get fresh new faces joining the club, and you have new challenges and you get to watch players grow and progress in their development. Like Aaron Hunter prop at Under 18’s and now the engine room beside Big willy at second row, busting a gut at training and every Saturday on the pitch. Jamie Byers at hooker who pound for pound is the toughest guy on the team, never backs down and never gives up. These are the people like everyone else on the team that has made it special this season, but it could not been done without the help of our Exiles stepping up to the mark when needed, especially when we had 3 teams out playing this year, so a special thanks goes out to them!’

It is evident that the 3rdXV will be around next season and we wish them all the best in their semi final campaign towards some silverware in their first year playing together. UUC RFC would like to invite all Mothers, Father, Brother’s, Sister’s, Aunt’s, Uncle’s Wives and Girlfriend’s to come along and watch the game at Larne RFC kick off is at 2.30pm.

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Start of season win for 2’s

UUC Power NI 2XV match report 14-09-13

The first fixture of the new season saw the uni second XV play their first round match of the Junior 5 League in good conditions against Dungannon 4’s
The game started very even with both sides getting share of position. The first infringement came from the Dungannon side and was in range for Tommy McGlaughlin. Penalty converted, 3-0. Dungannon replied from the kick off with some very forceful defence pinning the students into their 22 were Dungannon turned the ball over but a little knock allowed for a uni scrum, who coped tremendously well with the bigger Dungannon pack, allowed Tommy to kick the ball safely to touch on the uni 10m line. From a messy lineout allowed Angus ‘The Goose’ Jinks to borrow through from no where to gather the ball, and the uni pack did exceptionally well to recycle the ball from a very physical pack, with several phases of play later allowed Tommy a sneaky pot shot at goal with a drop kick, score now stood 6-0.
However this did not deter the advancing Dungannon lads as they upped the tempo of the game for the next 20mins of play and with some thundering runs from their centres and forwards Dungannon fought back with vengeance and succeeded with two converted try in quick succession, the half ended with a long range penalty from Tommy yet again to make the scores 9-14 to Dungannon.
Half time 9-14
The second half saw the students start off strong, and with the gathering of the ball by Richard Brunt, who was a thorn in the Dungannon lineout all day long stealing one against the throw, which led to multiple phases of play and saw winger Adam Crawford draw the full back and feed back inside to the ever tracking Captain Phil McLean to go over in the corner, conversion missed 14-14.
Unfortunately for the game, it saw the lose of 2 Dungannon players through injury from this high tempo and physical game, and with a suspect binning of their prop reduced the Dungannon lads to 12 men, and with an over extended period in the sin bin by the ref allowed Tommy to yet again slot over a penalty and yet another drop goal, 20-14, but the lack of numbers allowed the student side to physically wear the Dungannon boys out by spreading the ball from one side to the other and with an ever more powerful student defence, as the Dungannon lads strived for another try and turn over by prop Darryl McCorriston saw yet another section of multiple phases and off loads allowing winger Adam Crawford on his debut to run 45metres and score between the posts Adam dropped the conversion to make the score 27-14 for the final score.
Great start to the second’s season who have aspirations of following on from last years league win by targeting Junior 5, they also wish to pass on their best wishes to the injured Dungannon lads and hope for a speedy recovery







2’s taken on the Might of Ophir RFC

Uni were simply superb as Ophir were the visitors and had no answers for the hosts’ an intensity that lasted from the first minute to the last proved to be too much for Ophir.
The weather conditions were perfect for playing, as the ball was kicked off  and received by Ophir the student team set their stall out early as Joe ‘Zeus’ McKinney landed a thumping tackle on the Ophir receiver. This set the tone for the game as they struggled to get out of their own half and the first try came from second rower Sam Hetherington took two defenders with him as he crashed over from the 5 meter line. The UUC continued their pressure and Ophir were sustaining it well if it wasn’t for the continued indiscipline shown by their open side who continually interrupted the game by being off side and the ref had no option but give penalties, and after a few missed attempts it was a kick to the corner and a catch and drive, and with with some added weight from winger Nigel Irwin, the maul drove towards the line and Sam again peeled off the back and over the line. 10-0

The best move of the game came from a scrum 10meter in the UUC half were number 8 Phil McLean showed blistering pace of the back of the scrum and a lovely line cut in from full back Captain David McMenemy, David then pulled in the winger and full back and a lovely outside ball saw Phil crash over from 30 metres out and into the corner. From the restart the ball was taken in securely by David ‘Coaches’ McCullough and it set up a fantastic driving maul, from which up and coming Out Half Chris Elliot saw space down the left hand side of the pitch as the Ophir full back came up to join the line quick thinking saw play switched to the blind side drawing two defenders as he put Nigel Irwin in for a score in the corner. A penalty just before half time left the score 23-0

Second half saw play break up a bit and Ophir fought back hard in the first 20mins but it was again the indiscipline of the same number 7 that stopped them making any useful gains and as Ophir started to tire out the fitness of the students came through as they were trys again for Phil, Nigel and winger Alan Linton with conversions from Stuart Whitcroft, and the great defensive efforts in mid field from Pullen and Whitcroft ensured Ophir didn’t cross the white wash. To end the game 42-0

Man of the match could have went to a brace of players as 1-15 were excellent on the day, but Phil McLean takes the honours.

The UUC Power NI 2’s sit top of their league with Portadown 4’s whom which they travel too this Saturday March 16th for a top of the table clash, a must win for both teams.

Q1 Survival At The Sam Logan Stadium

Q1 Survival 09-03-13


The Young student side from Coleraine came out winners 48 – 10 against Academy in the relegation decider in front of a large home crowd at the Sam Logan Stadium at UUC. However after twenty minutes the game looked anything but a stroll in the park for the students with Academy forcing all the early play and scoring 10 points including a well worked drive from a line-out with the conversion following and if winger Norman Carson had taken a straight forward scoring opportunity in stead of knocking on academy could have built a strong lead.

However from that point on the students found there feet and played some excellent rugby with a good try coming from forward pressure finished by hooker  Rocky Stevenson, shortly after this UUC winger Stan Hall danced through the academy drift defence to score under the posts making the score 12 – 10 to the home side.

From the restart, with multiple phases saw Capt. Peter Smith rampage his way into the academy 22 forcing the academy captain to infringe cynically to kill the ball, leaving the referee no choice but to issue a yellow card. The students took full advantage with out half Glen Bailey making a rapier like cut through the midfield and then out sprinting the defence to finish of, and  just before half time Captain Peter Smith crashed over to make it 24 – 10 at the break.

Now with the elements on there back the students opened their legs and showed their class with the outstanding centre Calum Rowden scoring a scintillating solo effort. Academy to there credit never gave up, with some impressive carries in the loose from their blindside Richie Press, and Prop James Blair, but could not break the universities defence with massive turn over tackles coming from the second rows Leonard and Morgan and props Ronnie Doc and freshman  Adam Clarke.
A steady stream of scrum and line-out possession from Ollie Millar lifted by Leonard was exceptional, the backs cleverly controlled by Taff Brown run ball from all over the field with Gareth Miller coming through the middle, their trade mark sixty nine move saw veteran centre Dave Orr crash over from sixty yards out.

Other try’s followed again from Man of the match Peter smith and wing Hall with the highlight being Ollie Millar’s fifty yard dash to score at his fathers feet behind the posts, then Dan Morgan was given the benefit of the doubt to score a bludgeoning effort.

Full back Millar added four conversions in total. The development of this young student team under wise owl and head coach Nathan Moore and Management Guru Gareth Bell has been remarkable with 12 freshers who played school boy rugby last season making the transition to top level junior rugby. Scoring a remarkable 22 trys in their last three league fixtures a great advertisement for student rugby leaving the Final Score 48 – 10.

Winning Start Too Cup Campaign

UUC Power NI 2XV match report

The first fixture of the new year saw the uni second XV play their first round match of the Forster Cup in good conditions against Academy 2XV of Junior 4.

The game started very even with both sides getting share of position. The first infringement came from the Junior 4 side and was in range for Jamie Ball. Penalty converted, 3-0. Shortly after from a lineout centre field the uni side passed the ball along the backs and a scrappy ball was missed by Chris Elliott playing 15 and the opposition wing kicked through to get a narrow touchdown from the chasing David McMenemy. Ball was regathered from kick off and penalty was awarded from the other side this time and Jamie converted again. Score 6-7, Uni worked their way down the pitch again with some tactical kicking from both Mark Thompson and Jamie Ball put the students deep into the Academy 22. Added pressure forced a mistake from a lineout and a few phases of play saw left wing David McMenemy squeeze in in the corner. Try was converted from the corner flag.

Half time 13-7

The second half was dominated by 1 team and it showed after the first score of the second half. Ball was passed out wide from Matt Hill to Chris Elliott who fixed the man and passed to David Mcmenemy. He then passed the ball back inside to Chris and finally back again just a few inches short. A pick and go from the forwards saw a big gap to the blindside where David again had room to dive over. From the kick off and excellent catch from Sam Hetherington, Jamie Ball saw there was no full back at home and box kicked deep into opposition 22, Dave  was unopposed and gathered the ball to run under the posts for a well worked tactical try and a hat trick! Academy stepped up a gear and put constant pressure on the uni goal line. Tight forward play eventually led to an overlap in the corner and Academy scored. Conversion missed. A sloppy chase by uni from the restart let the Junior 4 side back into our 22 and from that penalties were conceded but the attacking team chose to ignore the opportunity of 3 points as they needed tries. They tapped quickly a phase after phase let to a missed tackle with their number 8 diving over. Conversion added. Just as the game was getting close, with 9 minutes to go, momentum changed and the students worked their way up the pitch with penalties and clean lineouts from Angus and Phil Mclean working well. Tight play from the forwards led to a gap out wide where the ever reliant Nigel was waiting and dotted the ball down! Uni held on for another 9 minutes and the game was won.

Man of the match Jamie Ball for making every tackle, competing for the ball in every ruck and with possession always looking up for space and keeping the opposition deep in their own half from kicks and good service to 10.

Grovsner 3’s in 2 weeks at home for The UUC Power NI 2’s but good win against a strong opposition is lifting their hopes for another win in the cup.

Final score 30-17

University of Ulster Talented Athlete Entry Scheme Now Open!

Applications are now open for the University of Ulster Talented Athlete Entry Scheme for entry to Ulster in 2014. Formerly known as the Elite Athlete Entry Scheme it is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at the University of Ulster whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

Scrum Half Glenn Bailey Left and Backrow Vice Capt. Ollie Millar Right

The Scheme recognises the sacrifice in time, effort and crucially – in examination performance – which may result from taking part in sport at the highest level. Under the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme, the University of Ulster allows a reduction in the points required for entry to full-time undergraduate courses.

Details provided through the respective links include general Scheme information, the Scheme Application Form, a list of eligible sports and confirmation of the total number of reduced entry tariff places that will be awarded through the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme to performers in team sports.

Further information if required may be obtained by contacting the Scheme Administrator by emailing schemeadministrator@ulster.ac.uk

Talented Athlete Entry Scheme – Application Documents

Application form
Eligible sports
Maximum number of successful applicants permitted (by sport)

UUC RFC Power NI 2’s continue Away Form

UUC RFC Power NI 2nd XV Continue Away Form after their win over Ballymena 5’s last week.
Conditions were perfect, cool but dry with a difficult low sun facing the UUC Power Ni 2’s in the first half at the Maynard Sinclair grounds in the surroundings of Stormont.
The first 10 minutes we were painfully slow to get started, a high ball was dropped under a difficult sun with their number 10 scoring from the consquenting lineout unopposed under the posts. 7-0 to the home team.
UUC Power Ni 2’s regrouped with Jamie ball slotting over 3 points from a penalty for offside at the breakdown, though missed tackles were the main problem facing the student side. This led to Civil Service’s second score in the corner scored by their number 14. Then as phases were being put together by the students an as play after play and gradually crept their position into Civil service territory, the Lineouts and scrums were becoming dominant you could see momentum was shifting. A charge for the line by a moving pack in the lineout with Jamie Ball sneaking out the back door to put ball over the line, conversion from the try scorer was successful. Service came straight back and scored a try through the forwards with some tight play. Conversion missed.
Final play of the first half saw UUC camped in the Service 22 a charge down from Outhalf Chris Elliott and in his motion of picking up the loose ball was taken out but Ball was gathered by the ever present Phil Mclean with an easy pick up and dive over the line for a try. Ref deemed the tackle without the ball to be a try scoring opportunity and sent the left wing to the bin for 10 minutes.
Half time score of 17-17
Second half saw a rejuvenated UUC side. Try saving tackles were being made and the lifting moral was gaining speed and confidence, an overlap in the home sides 22 saw debutant Jonny Harding placing the ball on the line under difficult pressure. Jamie Ball converted. Pressure was placed on the opposition backs and mistakes were made, the resulting pressure led to turn over ball and Nigel Irwin popped up on the wing to place the ball down.
10 minutes later a scrum on the 10 meter line inside the home teams half, Jamie Ball intercepted from the oppositions 10 leaving a 2 on 1 with the fullback. Nigel was there again to run in close to the post leaving the score 34-17. Play was scrappy towards the end with UUC’s defence the difference. The ref blew the whistle with the away side glad to be leaving with 2 points after a poor performance leaving them in 2nd place in Junior 6.
Man of the match was hard to pick but Nigel Irwin a veteran of the student side deserves this title.
Report By
Chris Elliott

UUC 1stXV Take First Points On The Road

UUC RFC 1stXV defeat CIYMS 17-15 at Belmont

UUC got their first win and points of the season as they defeated CIYMS at Belmont. The students got off to a poor start as CI scored an early try in the first half. Try was unconverted. At the restart the students switched on and challenged the kickoff. Unfortunately the ball was knocked on by UUC leading to a CI scrum. Ross Hackney picked at the tail and was put back by UUC’s John Dillon and Jonathan “Taff” Brown.
The students managed to string a number of phases together and looked extremely dangerous playing with the wind at their backs. It wasn’t long until UUC got on the scoreboard. Glenn Baillie broke the CI line and he managed to get over the try line for a touch down. Calum Rowden stepped up and slotted the conversion. UUC lead 7-5 at half time.
The students had to play into the wind during the second half. It wasn’t long before CI conceded a penalty for ill discipline in the 22. Calum Rowden stepped up and slotted his kick making the score 10-5 to the students. The two teams battled hard against each other until CI scored a try against the students. Try unconverted and score 10-10. The students hit back from the restart and soon regained the ball. A number of phases through the forwards battered CI back towards their line and the pressure eventually told as Gareth Millar spotted a gap and squeezed over the line for the students second try. Calum Rowden calmly slotted the conversion. Score 17-10 to the students. The students regained the ball from the restart. An unfortunate error allowed CI to score their third try of the day. Again CI’s out half missed his third conversion.
The game finished 17-15 to the students. Big congratulations to the students for their outstanding performance and great win away from home. Man of the match was a very tough decision as everyone in the team played extremely well. Glenn Baillie who had a fantastic game managed to clinch man of the match.

Report By
Gareth Bell

Winning on the road

UUC Shop Expands


The UUC Shop has now extended its range, the Shop is now supplying a top quality UUC RFC Rugby Fleece, a brand new UUC Rugby Varsity Colleges Hoodie as well has packing many items such as Club Ties, Woman’s Hoodies, Polo Shirts, Club Socks, Shorts and T-Shirts. The shop has just ended a pre order for the hugely successful Replica Exiles Top, but stay tuned as more Replica Rugby Tops will once again be put up for pre order!
Remember you don’t have to be a member of the rugby club to purchase any of these fantastic goods, they are open to students as well as the general  population.

New additions are:

The UUC Rugby Varsity Hoodie

Available in Black & Red, Navy & Orange and Royal Blue and White

UUC RFC Fleece

UUC RFC Woman’s Rugby Hoodie

The 2011 Club Tie

This is a must for all members of UUC RFC but none members are more than welcome to purchase this fantastic and stylish tie

 Please click here for more great deals!


2012 Exiles

Exiles 2012

The Exiles kicked off this year with a new kit as the old one has served its time for well over  20 years. It is with special thanks to Danny Coyles at The Anchor Bar and Michael McQuitty from Onside Sportswear who helped in sponsoring a new Exiles Kit.

Present in picture left to right Dave Orr Exiles President Select XV, Danny Coyles and Lee Murphy UUC 1st XV Vice Captain.


In the 40th year of this long standing tournament of UUC RFC past players come back to pit their skills against the youthful current players of the present teams. This year’s special occasion brought back some old touring teams including the UUC Touring Team Of 1982 and from 1992 as Rupert West had a cataclysmic thought when talking to Dave Lougheed on his flight from Auckland to LA and they remember with fondness the colour of the Ex-Larne Mayor’s Blood on that day in Kingston Canada! Then came about the 1992-2012 reunion of his teams’ triumphant tour of Canada. His plan now hatched as he went on a recruitment drive to put the band back together and form the 1992 Exiles Dream Team to take on the UUC 2nd XV.


The game was a hard fought game. Unknown to the Dream Team the UUC 2nd XV have been a very strong this season with several players featuring on the 1st XV team. As the 2nd XV had been out for their pre game warm up practicing moves, the Exiles in true spirit of the occasion managed 1 lineout and 1 scrum, 5 minutes before kick off. I dare say if the 92 side knew what was coming at them they would maybe have had second thoughts as some hadn’t played rugby in over 10 years a tad more practice would have been done. The game itself was from one end to the other with such ferocity the touring exiles found it difficult to keep up as they found themselves 3 try’s to 1 down at half time.

A fantastic purple patch by the Dream Team saw them claw back 2 quick try’s in 10mins to 3 try’s a piece, but the students fought back hard to score again to take the lead. It has to be said a few injuries and a lack of fitness was starting to tell but with a regathered kick off saw quick possession to the wings and the Exiles go in at the corner with 10mins left to play. Undeterred the 2’s came back hard from the proceeding kick off and managed to get a turnover penalty. A quick tap and fast recycling saw the students go over in front of the sticks with the crucial 2 points to come. Calum Rowden comfortable converted 34-32 to the UUC 2’s. The Exiles Dream team haven’t lost in 10years and this day wasn’t going to be one of them as they regrouped under the posts and decided the last 5 minutes of the game was win it or die trying! Kick off and Aussie lock Andy Kennedy gathered possession for the Dream Team. Quick ball delivered by the ever present Michael McQuitty to Jacko (Michael Jackson – former Ulster player and cousin of Ulsters Paddy Jackson) saw a thundering run up the middle of the pitch. A couple of pick and goes from the backrow let the Dream Team edge ever closer to the line  with some fantastic defense from the uni 2’s kept the Dream Team at bay until Andy Kennedy used his 6 foot 7inch frame to nudge over the line!

34-37 to The Dream Team, the closest game in many years but played in the true fashion of a Barbarians game.


Exiles Dream Team 2012

UUC 2nd XV Class of 2012


UUC 1stXV vs Exiles President Select XV

We now turn our attentions to the main event, the 1st XV clash against the President Select XV. This is  a long running tradition were past Captains invite players to represent the President Select Team. An invitation that is steeped in history and tradition and is considered an honor to be selected for the Presidents XV. In recent years it has been a very one side affair with the UUC 1’s dominating the games, but Dave Orr Captaining the Presidents side put together on paper a formidable team.


But it was clear to see from the start the game was not going to be easy for the President’s team as they leaked an early try in the corner inside the first 10 minutes. You could tell by the slick moves by the students that the year long training had become second nature as they secured another 3 try’s before half time, 4try’s to 1 to UUC 1’s.


The President’s team did not deter and as often is with tradition started to open the game up and fought back hard to secure 2 fantastic try’s in quick succession notably the line break of  David Thompson aka Tompo scoring on a somersault touch down, much to the cheering delight of the watching crowd.

The openness of the game saw John Dillon intercept the ball for the students only to be called back. The Exiles also intercepted but in this occasion scored.

The score line swopped a few times but ultimately the shear power and fitness levels of the UUC 1’s told as they put a sizable gap in the score line in the last 20mins of the game.

Final Score saw UUC 1’s hold on their reign as Exiles Champs 59-27.

The winning UUC 1’s League Winners 2012 and The Spirit of Exiles….


UUC RFC would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all the Exiles that turned up to play and support this fantastic day in the clubs history and long may it continue. UUC RFC would also like to thank The Anchor Bar Portstewart, The Senior Common Room and Spar Coleraine Campus for their sponsorship which helped UUC RFC win Qualifying League 2 and get promotion into Qualifying League 1.


Tag Rugby Rules

The UUC RFC weekly Tag Rugby Tournament got of to a great start today (18-04-12). The tournament is open to every student at Coleraine Uni from all walks of life and sports, female and male. It is none contact and is played in the very best of lightheartedness and fun, as each team has a maximum of 7 players with 1 female. This week G-Force’s team won the tournament with Rebbecca Smyth claiming player of the tournament by scoring more points than any other player. If you would like anymore information email UUC Rugby Development Officer Jamie Ball.
Email: Rugby@uucrfc.com
A Quick 20 Step Guide to the Official Rules
However these maybe altered to suit different pitch sizes and teams, but the basics are identical!
1.  How many players in a team? – There is a maximum of seven (7) players
per team on the field at  any one time from a squad of twelve (12).  In
mixed or social games there must be a minimum of three (3) players of the
opposite sex (subject to local rules) on the pitch at all times. Rolling subs
are allowed at any time during the  game but in mixed/social games the
appropriate number of each sex must be maintained.
2.  How long are matches? – This is subject to local rules but the normal
duration of a match is two halves of twenty (20) minutes each, with a five
(5) minute interval for half time. For festival type events, matches normally
consist of two seven (7) minute halves with one (1) minute for half time.
3.  Players clothing – All players wear either the official TAG Rugby match
shorts or, a TAG Rugby belt.  Shirts should be tucked in at all times.
The tags (ribbons) must be properly positioned on either side of the hips.
No player can participate in the game without both tags being properly in
Players are not allowed to wear anything that might prove dangerous to
other players, e.g. any jewellery & watches.
4.  How do players score in TAG Rugby? – There is only one way of
scoring in TAG Rugby and that is by scoring tries.  A try is awarded to the
attacking team when they touch the ball down on the ground on, or over,
the try-line.   A try is worth one (1) point but to encourage more team play,
in mixed games, a try is worth two (2) points if scored by a female.
5.  Are there any scrums or line-outs? – There are no scrums or line-outs in
TAG Rugby.
6.  Is there any kicking allowed?  No kicking is allowed in TAG Rugby,
except for a modified kick at kick offs (see below for further details).
7.  Can you bash into other players? – There is strictly  NO CONTACT
allowed between players; both attackers and defenders have a
responsibility to avoid each other at  ALL times. The ball carrier is not
allowed to run directly into defenders and defenders are not allowed to
block the progress of the ball carrier. No hand-offs, or using your hand,
elbow or ball to block or shield your tags (ribbons) in any way is allowed.
No pulling of clothing or pulling/knocking the ball  out of the ball carrier’s
hand is permitted.  Any player that initiates contact should be penalised.
“Run at spaces not faces”
8.  How do you ‘tackle’ (tag) in TAG Rugby? – Only the ball carrier can be
tagged and a ‘tackle’ (‘tag’) is simply the removal by a defender of one of
the two tags (ribbons) from the ball carrier.  The defender then holds the
tag above his/her head and shouts “tag” for all to hear. An attacking team
has 4 “tags” or “plays” to score. If a 5th tag is made a changeover occurs
and the defending team is given possession of the ball and restarts play
with a tap & go.
9.  What happens after a ‘tackle’ (tag)? – After a tag has been made the
game then comes to a temporary halt; the defender drops the tag on the 4
ground, marking the position where the actual tag took place, and the
game restarts with the attacker who was tagged taking a roll-the-ball from
this mark.
10.    What is a roll-the-ball? – A roll-the-ball takes place after a tag has been
made. At a roll-the-ball the tagged ball carrier must return to the location
where the actual tag took place.  Play restarts when this player rolls the
ball back between his/her legs, using his/her hand, to a team-mate
standing directly behind him/her, the scrum-half. Only after rolling the ball
back, should the attacker pick up and re-attach his/her tag and he/she is
then able to rejoin the game.
A roll-the-ball cannot be taken any closer than five metres (5m) from the
11.  What must the defensive team do at a roll-the-ball? – At a roll-the-ball
the defensive team must retire back a minimum of seven metres (7m), or
until they have reached their own  try-line if this is nearer. One defender
may choose to act as a ‘marker’. ‘Markers’ are optional.  The ‘marker’ must
stand directly in front of a roll-the-ball and cannot move or interfere with
play until the ball is back in play.
12.  What is the rule about carrying the ball in two hands? – To
encourage more passing and to avoid  the ball carrier deliberately, or
instinctively, trying to protect his/her tags, the ball carrier  MUST, when
they are within  three metres (3m)  of defenders,  HOLD THE BALL IN
13.  What is a tap & go?  – A tap & go is used to start the game or restart it
at the place the ball went out of play or an infringement or  changeover
took place. The ball may be placed on the ground or held in the hand and
on the instruction “play” by the referee, and not before, the attacker must
tap the ball with the foot, or lower leg, to restart play.  At a tap & go the
opposition players must retire back seven metres (7m) towards their own
try-line, or until they have reached their own try-line if this is nearer. 5
A tap & go cannot be taken any closer than five metres (5m) from the tryline.
14.  What happens to the tag count at a tap & go?  – When a tap & go is
awarded the number of tags (Tag Count) starts back to zero. This is a
good incentive for the defensive team not to deliberately infringe.
15.  What is off-side? – Defending players are only ever off-side if they have
not moved back the required seven metres (7m) to the defensive line, or
until they have reached their own try-line if this is nearer, at a roll-the–ball
or tap & go situation.
Attacking players are only off-side if they are in front of the ball at a tap &
go or roll-the-ball situation.  There is no off-side in open play.
16.  When should players be penalised for being  off-side?  – Players
should only ever be penalised for  off-side if they are  Off-SIDE AND
INTERFERING WITH PLAY. If players find themselves accidentally  offside they must make every effort to get back on side; but if they are in no way interfering with play, then they should  not be penalised and play
should be allowed to continue.  Players who are off-side are temporarily
out of the game.
17.  How quickly can a tap & go and roll-the-ball be taken? – A tap & go
cannot be taken quickly but only after the referee has given the defensive
team time (about five seconds) to retire the required seven metres (7m)
and given the instruction ‘play’. A roll-the-ball can be taken quickly and as
soon as the ball carrier is on the mark of the tag and ready to do so.
18.  Can players dive to score? – There is no diving allowed to score a try
or to secure a loose ball on the floor; instead, players must remain on their
feet to play the ball.
19.  How do you kick off? – A modified place kick is used to start each half
and restart play after a try is scored. The team that has scored kicks-off
The ball must be placed flat on the ground at the centre of the half-way
line.    Kicking tees are not permitted and no player may hold the ball
upright. The ball, when kicked, must travel a minimum of 7 metres (7m)
forward but not above the referee’s waist height. Defending players must
retire back 7 metres (7m) whilst players of the team kicking off must be
behind the ball when it is kicked. The ball must not be kicked so it travels
over the try line, or goes directly into touch without bouncing.
Note: If playing on soft sand where it would be difficult to properly execute
this type of place kick then the kick-offs and restarts are replaced by an
punt kick which the defending team must be allowed to catch uncontested.
20.  What happens when somebody does something wrong? – Whenever
the TAG Rugby rules are broken, a  tap & go is awarded to the nonoffending team at the place the infringement took place and the number of tags (Tag Count) starts back to zero.  If the infringement took place over
the try-line, or within five metres (5m) of it, the tap & go is awarded five
metres (5m) out from the try-line to create some space.
Note: If an infringement took place by the attacking team at a kick off then
the defending team are awarded a tap & go at the centre of the half-way
 Code of conduct
All players and coaches will be expected to abide by the rules of the
tournament and decisions made by the officials and referees.  They will
be expected to play fairly and demonstrate good sportsmanship both
on and off the pitch.  In the event of misconduct and/or repeated and
deliberate breaking of the rules or dangerous play, then the
referee/tournament officials shall, at their discretion issue players with
a red or yellow card.

UUC Win Qualifying 2

UUC 1st XV travelled to Omagh knowing a win on the road would secure the league title and promotion to Qualifying 1.

Omagh had four penalties in the first 20 minutes converting only two of them. 10 mins before half-time UUC’s first score was from Jamie Ball intercepting an Omagh pass and running three quarters of the pitch to score in the corner. The score was 6-5 to Omagh at half time.

In the second half UUC had the wind at their backs. Soon into the half Ollie Miller received a yellow card and was sent to the bin for 10 minutes. Omagh took the penalty making the score 9-5.  As soon as Ollie returned from the bin UUC worked through a number of phases and Sam Hall ran half the pitch breaking three tackles to run in under the sticks. Lee Murphy missed the conversion. Score 10-9 to UUC. A few minutes later UUC scored again through the speedy former Blackrock winger Calum Rowden who was passed the ball from an Omagh player to run in and touch down from half way. The score was then 15-9.

The next phase of play saw great work from Andrew Winder and Jamie Ball rip the ball from the Omagh winger deep into the Omagh half. Winder popped the ball to Jonathan Henry who had very little room on the blind side to crash through the gap and run in and score. Score was now 22-9 to UUC.

Again the uni defence stood firm and UUC earned a penalty from Ollie Millar from which UUC kicked for the corner. UUC caught and drove forward to the line. They worked through a number of phases and Ryan Ecock another former Blackrock player crashed over the line. Murphy converted making the score 29-9 to UUC. With 10 minutes to go Omagh hit back with a consolation try and converted it. This made the score 29-16 to UUC.

With 5 mins left to play on the clock UUC won a penalty from the half way line. Gareth Millar stood up to the mark and slotted it over the posts to make the final score 32-16.

UUC won the game with a bonus point and are now Qualifying 2 Champions. This day will go down in club history as promotion to Qualifying 1 will be the highest level the club has achieved. Both Coaches Nathan Moore and Brett Campbell acknowledged the fantastic achievement but noted that if it hadn’t been for the depth of players within the 1st and 2nd XV teams this year it wouldn’t have been possible.

Brett loves it when a plan comes together!

The club would also like to thank The Anchor Bar Complex Porstewart, The Senior Common Room and Spar Coleraine Campus for their loyal support in helping UUC take on this fantastic journey.

Next week the students will defend their 100% home record against the leagues in form team Grosvenor RFC on Saturday 21-04-12. Everyone is welcome to come down to the pavilion and watch what should be an exciting game.

Report: Gareth Bell
Pics: David McCullough