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.

UUC RFC 1stXV
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 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

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
place.
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
try-line.
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
TWO HANDS.
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
line.
 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

Tough Encounter with Ballyclare

Ballyclare 10 UUC 11

Game of the day in section 2 was Ballyclares home game against league leaders U.U.C. was a must win for both teams. Despite leading early on against the students in the game sponsored by Reid, Black and Company, the Clare side went down by a single point 11-10 as U.U.C. dominated the second half. It looks as if the title will go to either U.U.C. or Omagh. Both have edged clear of the Ballyclare in the current league table.

On Saturday Ballyclare had the wind advantage in the first half but a well organised and very fit U.U.C. team made hard ground to put the home side under pressure. Good work by back row trio of Smith, Dillon and Millar forcing Clotworthy who was at out half to clear. A tackle by S.Morrow halted another attack by centre Johnny Henry and Byers managed to clear. But the pressure from the visitors pack front row of Wilkinson, Stevenson and O’Neill led to a penalty to U.U.C. but Murphy missed.

Clotworthy kicked to the 22 and after the visitors were penalised, the home team made ground through Clotworthy and Weatherup to put prop Boyd over for a try which was converted by Collie Morrow. The students rose to the challenge and weak tackles by the home team allowed the Uni to make ground through centre Winder and it took a superb covering tackle by Clotworthy to stop winger Rowden scoring a try. Then Collie Morrow kicked ahead and Byers followed up to be held up near the opposite line by fullback Millar. A break by Morrow and Weatherup was promising but the ball was kicked away. Another run from Baird looked promising but Reid failed to hold the pass. Following a clearance by the Students Reid was stopped near the line and U.U.C. temporarily lost capt Murphy to injury, and also wing forward Dillon who pulled a hamstring. But the Clare failed to make use of the situation and U.U.C. broke away, great handling from the backline put Hall away, stopped on the 22,quickly recycled ball by second row Darren Leonard led to the home defence going off side to concede a penalty for only for Millar to miss from a good position so it was still 7-0 to Ballyclare at half time.

In the second half the league leaders had wind advantage and used it intelligently with Winder and Millar pushing ballyclaire deep into their own half, though the first chance fell to Morrow who missed a penalty from a good position. The next U.U.C. attack following well won lineout ball from Millar led to pressure forced by imperious no8 Smith led to a penalty and this time jamie Ball slotted over the kick to make it 7-3. The Clare came back immediately and a fine penalty from Morrow gave his side a 10-3 lead. An error by Baird almost let the visitors in and Big second row Hendley should have scored but Ballyclaire’s Logan recovered possession. However the home team failed to clear the danger and U.U.C. played multiple phases and moved the ball out wide to winger Hall and he beat the Clare defence to score on the left side with the conversion wide . This made it 10-8 and the students started to exert more pressure. Yet a long range penalty by Morow was well off target after the Clare pack had made ground. Again the students forced an error in the home defence enabled the visitors to make ground into the home 22 by Smith attacking the blind side but Clotworthy did well to clear. The deciding score of the game came when the Clare pack was penalised after failing to cope with pressured work from the student front five and then Millar the fullback had won a ball he had no right to get to, was illegally hauled to the ground, this time Ball again was on target with the penalty to take the lead at 11-10 for the first time.

From this stage of the half it was the league leaders who had courageously fought back were now dominating with Man of the match Andrew Winderand wingers Rowden and Hall going close and only for strong home defence especially by Logan,Coburn,Jackson and Clotworthy the margin could have been greater. Emense forward drives from Oneill, Leonard and Wilkinson deserved a score but Claire cleared time and time again. The home team tried to run the ball from deep positions however they were unable to get out of their own 22 and the U.U.C. centres Winder and Henry and full back Millar cut them down ruthlessly on each occasion. The final whistle came giving the students the double league victory over an excellent Ballyclaire team and the all-important 4 points to try and keep pace with title favourites Omagh.

Ballyclare Team-G.Byers; J.Reid, J.Jackson, S.Morrow, J.J.Baird; G.Clotworthy, C.Morrow; A.Boyd, A.Wylie, M.Finlay; K.Johnston, M.Crothers; G.Weatherup, W.Logan (capt.), C.Coburn.

University Team – G Millar, C Rowden, A Winder, J Henry, S Hall, L Murphy, J Ball, J Wilkinson, S Stephenson, M O’Neill, D Leonard, J Henley, O Millar, P Smith, J Dillon.

Well Done Sam

Not everyone can claim to having founded a rugby club but back in 1968, this is what Dr SR Logan did, arriving as a member of staff to the Chemistry dept of the New University opened in Coleraine that same year.

During the following 44 years Sam has played for the club, has been mini bus driver, recruitment officer, Hon secretary, President and for many years Club fixture secretary and Rep to the Ulster branch clubs committee and as Joe Eggleson said at the opening of the club rooms, ” when Sam spoke people tended to listen”. His influence has been massive in all things good about the ethos and delivery of student rugby.

In the 70’s he persuaded one of the most forward thinking rugby minds in Irish rugby, JC Lapsley who had coached the famous Kings Scholars at Stranmillis,  and who also happened to be a full Irish selector to take on the coaching of the young club. By this vision of recruitment he influenced the coaching ethos of the club for three decades and indeed to the present day. He was immensely proud that in his latter academic years students who had been involved in the early days of the club would come knocking on his office door to introduce there sons who were now enrolling such as father and son Noel and Christopher Mills from Rostrevor County Down, who both played and acted as Secretary for the club.

Sam also encouraged many to take up club administration  and refereeing most notably Brian Stirling who when sustaining a playing career ending injury in his first year at Coleraine, was instructed by Dr Logan to take up the art of the Whistle! The highlight of his career of many internationals was a Bledislow cup match.

In recent years Sam decided at 70 it was time to stop doing touch judge were he kept many a referee right with his decisions and on occasions in order as to the rules of the game! He now contents himself with spectating at the home games from one of the hospitality boxes at the Cromore Road pitches now affectionately known with the players as the Sam Logan Stadium! Well Done Sam.

Dr Sam Logan being presented with one of the clubs new ties by club treasurer Simon Morgan at the recent home fixture against Lisburn.

5 points asserts lead campaign

UUC entertained Lisburn at the University looking to secure some points to keep pace with the challenge of Omagh and Ballyclaire for the section 2 title. The result a fanatic 52 – 5 win for the home team did not tell the story of the fixture. It has been the pattern in recent weeks for the students who have struggled to achieve any meaningful fluency in their game and with injuries to key players continues to blight them, however in one of those games, every time Lisburn made a mistake the young student team turned it into points. The first score came from a poor clearance which was fielded by full back Miller who was able too round the visitor’s defence to score in the corner, the conversion was missed. Although Lisburn had the better of the scrums and lineout the key factor was the students ability through some luck as well as skill to turn ball over and then punish the opposition with points on the board and good trys from Wingers Hall and Rowden (2), and centres Winder and Henry put the students into a 30 point lead by the break. Lisburn to there credit in the second half with the elements in there favour despite several injuries to key players fought hard and were rewarded with a good try and were unlucky not to score several more against the fragile home defence. The students managed trough man of the match fresher J Dillon and second row Henley to score two further trys with Millar and Murphy converting five in total. The University know they will have to be much sharper against the experienced opponents that lie ahead in the weeks to come.

Letterkenny Away

In wintry conditions at Letterkenny  the students put down a marker that there indifferent recent form is behind them with an impressive 34 – 0 win, and picking up a four try bonus point showed that even in the most difficult of conditions and against good opposition, it seems the limited university team are capable of a style and brand of rugby to ask the questions of the fancied  quality teams  in the league..

The game started with the students opening strongly and winning a lot of possession Intelligently  used by out half Murphy and  on several occasions were only a pass away from braking the Kenny defence, pressure eventually told and a penalty conceded was well converted by the uni 10 Lee Murphy.

Great line out work from Dillon and Millar ably supported by man of the match Leonard and the ever improving Neil secured good possession for the students back line and centres Tommy Guns McGlaughlin and Callum Rowden came close on several occasions, however the defensive work of the home team kept the uni out and only one further penalty was the reward for there efforts. Half time 6 – 0 to the visitors.

The students changed their tactics at half time and took on a more direct approach holding onto hard won ball rather than kicking it away aimlessly.  Excellent plays involving multiple phases of ball retention from the front 5, lead by  Wilkinson and eventually the 1st try came from 6 6″ No 8 Pete Smith.

The tries then started to flow as winger Sam Hall back from suspension grabbed a brace of tries, all 3 conversions successful from the boot of skipper Murphy.

The students pressed for the bonus point try and the fresher G Millar did not disappoint, he ghosted into the line from fullback picking up a lovely pass from scrum half Winder and although held up just short, however the diminutive prop forward Le Massif O’Neill arrived and drove him over the line in what proved to be the last play of the game. The students running out 34 – 0 victors.

Win Moves 2ndXV To Second In League

UUC 2’s welcomed Letterkenny 2’s to the Sam Logan stadium at cromore road, the weather was far from perfect with heavy rain and a bitterly cold wind. The uni started the brighter of the 2 teams in the first 10mins of the game with a charging run by blindside wing forward Bryan Boyd from the back of a rolling maul, secured by open side Kyle Hetherington encouraged the Letterkenny pack to creep in off side and give a penalty in front of the posts towards Campbell end, there was a gusting wind that would have made this simple kick quite difficult indeed. Richard murphy stepped up to the mark and made the opening score 3-0.

From the kick off a knock on saw Letterkenny getting the put in at the scrum, but the uni pack who played very well in the tight all day took a strike against the head and the uni number 8 dummied the 9 and stepped inside the 10 only to be taken down short of the 22, good recycling of the ball gave the uni back line a chance to score, but the cold day seen a knock on 8metres from the Letterkenny line.

Letterkenny fought their way back into the game and from one missed tackle out wide saw their centre charge 40metres to score and their kicker converted. 3-7 Undeterred the uni pack battled back hard and suppressed the Letterkenny back line into a hurried kick which gave the uni lads a lineout 15meters from the line, a well taken lineout by Andrew Munce saw Hetherington once again making a telling drive while popping up to number 8 Ricky Boyd who crashed over the try line, however as obvious as the score was the referee thought otherwise, from the 5metre scrum the Letterkenny backs were found off side, from a nearly identical position Richard Murphy converted the penalty, the uni and Letterkenny Touch Judges both raised their arms but yet again the referee deemed it otherwise. Half time score 3-7
Again the uni started the second half dominating position and territory, but a missed time pass 10mins into the half saw a knock by uni on the Letterkenny 5metre line, from the advantage they run the length of the pitch with a forward pass thrown in for good measure to score in the corner, conversion missed 3-12 was the score, which was against the run of play, the uni number 8 was substituted due to an ankle injury, this allowed Kyle to move into his more natural spot at number 8, and alongside McCully and Boyd the newly formed backrow took the game hard to Letterkenny with Kyle heading over the line from an inside pass, conversion scored. 10-12

UUC 2’s who are unbeaten at home this season were now determined to win this match and a penalty 5 mins from time just short of the half way line saw Murphy again strike the ball sweetly and the ball sailed between the uprights, 13-12. A knock on from the receiving kick immediately put the uni lads under pressure as Letterkenny fought hard but they could not penetrate the uni defence, hands where on heads as a penalty was awarded to Letterkenny, they struck the ball well but it got held up in the wind and the advancing centres claimed the ball and took it over the line, but uni lads held them up. Scrum Letterkenny, pick up 8 to 9 to wing and a great tackle by winger Peter McLean allowed Bryan Boyd to come in on the ball, 4 Letterkenny players couldn’t move him as they held on for a penalty to UUC.

Pressure was relieved and the full time whistle went soon after, the man of the match was awarded to Bryan Boyd who returned to the game after a 4 year absence and showed he still has what it takes. A special thanks to him as well as Peter McLean and Nathan McCall who all stepped up to the mark, and with a team whose heads never dropped and battled to the very end secured a win and the unbeaten record that stands from last season.

UUC RFC Of To Winning Ways

UUC RFC Of To Winning Ways (Sat. 24-09-10)

A new season and a new squad at UUC welcomed Letterkenny to the Dr Sam Logan Stadium for their first outing of the season, UUC run out 34-10 victors. The game was generously sponsored by Taffs Invincibles Ltd.

Choosing to Play into the strong wind in the first half the students received the kick off which was well fielded by hooker Marty O’Neill, the early exchanges were evenly contested at a very high tempo as both team tested the defences with the students full of endeavour in their attempts to run the ball wide at every opportunity and Letterkenny playing territorial game trying to take advantage of the elements with classic up and under kicks, however the excellent uni back three of Rowden, Hall and fresher Lee Johnston dealt comfortably with all thrown at them, but neither team really looked like making a significant  scoring opportunity brake.

The game very much came to life twenty minutes into the game when the University Skipper was harshly sin binned for what the ref deemed a dangerous tackle; he was quickly joined in the bin for verbal indiscipline by out half Whit croft. Letterkenny immediately went on the attack but a mixture of tactical naivety and heroic defence by forwards Dave Coaches, Danny Morgan, James Henley, Marty O’Neill, Aaron Doherty and Darren Leonard who repelled wave after wave of attacks on their goal line fortified with immense discipline led by the tactical know how from Wilkinson, Winder and Vice Capt. Lee Murphy in particular, saw Letterkenny only score a penalty as the two binned players re-joined the play.

 

The Students started to set patterns as the Donegal men lost tempo, quick ball created from line outs won by Aaron Doherty and some excellent cutting lines from the centre partnership of Hill and Winder started to create space and just before the break some excellent inter passing at real pace saw Rowden put Hall away, with work still to do he outpaced the cover defence and side stepped the full back to score a deserved try, which was duly converted to give the home team a 7 – 3 lead at the break.

 

Now with the elements in their favour playing towards Starke park end and continuing the patterns which created good possession the next twenty minutes saw the students score 3 excellent trys, fast ball was well distributed by Whitcroft to forwards and backs a like with some excellent running off the ball created the space to put Rowden in for a try.  From the restart that did not travel the required 10 meters A solid scrum gave Lee Murphy space to attack and sharp hands created space for Hall on the left, Letterkenny for all their hard graft did not have the pace or defence to deal with Hall in full flight as he scored his second try of the game. Next it was the turn of the industrious Lee Johnston who had worked his socks off all day to take his chance and with some very skill full handling scored in the corner on his debut, securing the all-important bonus point. Shortly after a turn over forced by an excellent tackle by J Henley followed by great work on the ground by Aaron Doherty saw Whit croft drop goal from 40m put the students out of sight.

 

The students going into the last quarter started to show signs of fatigue and lost concentration, to there credit this allowed Letterkenny to very much come back into the game and the University again found themselves defending their line time and time again with discipline, eventually the visitors forced over the goal line for a deserved try to reward their efforts.

Towards the finish the home team made good ground deep into their opponents 22 and forced a five meter scrum, Letterkenny could not deal with the forceful student 8 and a following penalty saw a re-set of the scrum and the home pack drove as one to push over with skipper Mike Dunlevey touch down, to the satisfaction of forward coach Campbell, the conversion being missed, just before the final whistle. The large crowd was well entertained and a presentation after the game saw Callum Rowden the big Blackrock second row being named man of the match.

UUC RFC New Kit Unveiled!

UUC RFC Kit Unveiled!

Danny Coyles from The Anchor Bar Complex Portstewart, presents Coleraine’s University Of Ulster RFC with their new 1st and 2nd XV Tops for the 2011-12 season.
Present in the picture from Left to Right. Gareth Bell (2nd XV Captain), Aaron Doherty, Danny Coyles, Micheal Dunleavy (1stXV Captain), Jamie Wilkinson.
The shirt has been redesigned to a more retro style, reflecting on the clubs 43 year history in the colours of Green, Red, and White. The shorts and socks have returned to the traditional roots of Black Shorts with the UUC Shield embroidered, and Black Socks with Red Tops.
Kit Supplied By On Side Sportswear Lisburn onsidesportswear.com

UUC RFC are still welcoming and recruiting new players, if you want to play an expansive game at Qualifying 2 level, go on tour and experience the professionalism of student rugby, then UUC RFC is for you, and remember you don’t have to be a student to play rugby at UUC RFC.