Match Report Sunday 25th Feb. Corinthians 9 Westport 0

A lot of huff and puff, sound and fury but I'm afraid Westport weren't at the races in Galway on Sunday. Dodgy refferee decisions ? who can say, but two 10 yards for dissent tells it's own tale. Westport did not conceed a try, due to it's usual solid defence and Corinthians tried very, very hard, battering away in the visitors half for much of the match, to no avail.

Westport only a couple of times threatened the Corinthian line, but with the wind benefit  in the first half they certainly failed to capitalise on this advantage, whereas Corinthian's full back was pumping the ball back down the pitch with regularity after the half time change round.

Westports forward division worked hard and long, but even the introduction of Marius Boseman in the second half could not make up for their lack of penetration, Westport's attacks forward were closed down by a solid, in your face Corinthian defence for which the visitors had no answer

In the second half Westport advanced yard by hard yard, keeping the ball in hand and only kicking forward in extremis, but the hard won territory was too often lost in the loose, or from penalty infringments, so it was back again to the Westport 22 and start all over again.

In the dying minutes of the game Westport at last put in a sustained attack in the opposition's 22 but it was, I'm afraid, too little too late and came to naught.

Both sides took a couple of wrong options during the match, which could have produced scoring opportunities and in the second half Corinthians could have gone further ahead, but a sitter of a penalty bounced away off the left hand post. The two penalties and a sweet drop goal were enough to advance Corinthians to the next round of the Cup and Westport are left with the  prospect of theCawley Cup quarter final next weekend.

Andy Martin

Westport R.F.C.        

Connaught Official Tag Rugby Venue 

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