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

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.

Exiles – The Day Legends Are Made!

In the history of UUC Rugby one day a waits all its players of old and new, when once a year a unique event happens, a select membership off old players from UUC Rugby get the chance to to battle the youth of the current UUC Teams. It is a day in every players calendar they never want to miss, as this is the day Legends of UUC Rugby are made!

The line up for Exiles Dream Team

  1. Linsey ‘Phats’ McLaughlin
  2. Aaron ‘Baldy’ McLaughlin
  3. Neil ‘The Beast’ Robertson and ‘Big Eric’
  4. Gareth ‘Dibble’ Toal
  5. Badminton Dave
  6. Conor ‘Conns’ Kerr and Roy ‘The Hitman’ Ballentine
  7. Chris ‘Macky’ McClelland
  8. Ricky ‘The Tank’ Boyd
  9. Aaron ‘The Link’ Armstrong and Keith ‘The Dictator’ Anderson
  10. Micheal ‘Fearless’ Jackson
  11. Craig ‘ Missile’ Cupper
  12. Nigel ‘Ripper’ Irwin
  13. Steve ‘Stridder’ Kennedy and Keith ‘Side Step’ Baldrick
  14. The Hips Bjorn O’Brien
  15. Peter ‘Twinkle Toes’ Tees

UUc 2’s

1. Simon Morgan
2. Scott Stevenson
3. Mark kernaghan
4. William wadell
5. Andrew Chestnutt
6. Joseph McKinney
7. Aaron doherty
8. Kyle Hetherington
9. Phil Leckey
10. Scotts Mucker
11. Matt hill
12. Ryan gilmore
13. Nathan McCall
14. Gareth bell
15. William mccaughan
In true exiles style, the warm up was a hard hitting and exhausting as demonstarted by UUC Fullback Will McCaughan and Exiles cornor stone prop Phats.
This as it is always is, a fast flowing game of rugby a credit to the spririt of Exiles rugby, on the day the referee compared it to being played in the spirit of Barbarians Rugby, quick taps from 5 metre line saw Aaron Armstrong run the length of the pitch to score under the posts. It was a tight physical game, and the UUC 2’s played a very well structured game, but the level heads and sound defences of the Exiles kept the students at bay for most of the game.
Final Score
UUC2’s 24
Dream Team 45
Exiles Dream Team Man Of The Match Gareth ‘Dibble’ Toal
UUC 2’s Man Of The Match Scot ‘Randy’ Steveson

Presisdents Game
Presisdent Select Exiles
  1. Granda
  2. Jeremy Baird
  3. James Blair
  4. Chris Mills
  5. Rory Clifford
  6. Andy Harbinson/Ricky Boyd
  7. Allan Keatley
  8. Aaron Mcloughlin
  9. Jamie Ball
  10. Jhonny Ssmith
  11. John Black
  12. Tim Shaw
  13. Murdo
  14. Nathan Mccall
  15. Andrew Tees.

UUC 1’s

  1. Jamie Wilkoson
  2. Marty O’niell
  3. Scot Stevenson
  4. John Lutton
  5. Daniel Morgan
  6. Kyle Hetherington
  7. Micheal Dunleavy
  8. Pete Smith
  9. Lee Murphy
  10. Andrew Winder
  11. Dave McCullough (its somebody else but I can’t remember who, so he’ll do lol)
  12. Dave Orr
  13. Matt Hill
  14. Richard Murphy
  15. Alan Whitcroft

This was a tight, physical and highly paced game which saw two teams trying to physically domainate each other at every cost so much so Micheal Dunleavy and Chris Mills ended up with yellow cards and 10 mins in the sin bin. Both teams competed hard but such was the ferocity of the game the exiles lost 5 players in total over the course of the game, and in the true spirit of exiles rugby Kevin the referee from the 2’s game came onto the wing to help out the exiles!

Final Score

UUC 1’s 24

Exiles 14

Exiles Man Of The Match Chris Mills

UUC 1’s Man Of The Match Micheal Dunleavy

It was a fantastic day for everyone, and one that shall grow from here on in……

UUC.RFC vs C.RFC Junior Cup 14-10-10

FOR the first time in 30 years the two rugby clubs of Coleraine met in Saturday’s Junior Cup second round.
Coleraine RFC travelled the short distance across town to Cromore Road, home to the University of Ulster Coleraine rugby club.
After 80 minutes of a hard fought game it was the students who were celebrating with an impressive 30-15 win over their rivals to book their place in the quarter finals.
The students started the better of the two sides moving though the phases quickly and putting Coleraine on the back foot.
They continued to dominate and were awarded with a penalty in kicking distance of the Coleraine posts. Alan Whitcroft stepped up and calmly slotted home the first points of the game to make it 3-0.
Coleraine responded to this early pressure by putting some moves of their own together but the student defence held strong and a great turn over on the right of the field allowed the UUC backline to move the ball wide.
Sam Hall took the ball and side stepped the Coleraine winger for a race to the line. Whitcroft again kept his cool and added the conversion points. This left the half time score at 10-0 in favour of the home side.
After the half-time break, Coleraine were the team to start the brighter of the two but couldn’t find a way to break through the UUC defence.
They had been pushed right back to their line and an error of the ruck allowed UUC winger Calum Rowden to jump on the loose ball and dive over the line for another UUC try. Whitcroft added the conversion to take the score to 17-0.
Coleraine then turned on the style and started to attack the UUC defence. After a few penalty decisions they worked their way into the UUC half and after stretching the defence, spread the ball wide to score in the corner. The conversion was successful to leave the score 17-7.
Coleraine continued to pressue at the restart and a penalty for poor discipline at the breakdown made the score 17-10. UUC were determined to clean up their act and not give away any more points.
The students worked their way back towards the line with Martin O’Neill breaking the defensive line and charging forward. UUC fought to break the Coleraine defence but quick thinking from Alan Whitcroft allowed him to spot the opportunity for a drop goal which took the score to 20-10.
The opposition reacted quickly determined to further cut the students lead, when their winger sprinted in pursuit of the line scoring in the corner to make the score 20-15. The conversion was just pushed wide of the posts.
With the score still in the balance Whitcroft added further points to his total with another drop goal to make the score 23-15.
With just minutes left on the clock Coleraine went on the attack but an outstanding mid-air intercept by Lee Murphy of UUC added another try to the game.
With the last kick of the game Whitcroft successfully added the conversion to leave the final score 30:15 to the home side.
The University of Ulster Coleraine now move onto the quarter finals of the Junior Cup which are due to take place on November 13.
The students have a welcome week off before travelling to Grosvenor RFC on October 30 to continue their league campaign.