Sligo RFC 16
Bruff RFC 14

Sligo secured their first win of 2016 and 4 vital Ulster Bank League points when they overcame a strong Bruff outfit in an intense affair at Strandhill on Saturday.
Sligo had to withstand a late Bruff surge while down to 14 men but defended excellently to a man to earn a famous victory.
With the recent wet weather causing difficult underfoot conditions Sligo kicked off playing towards the mountain end and into the slight breeze. The early exchanges were tight with Bruff looking to utilise their strong maul and Sligo looking to get their open field runners into the game.
The opening score arrived after 6 minutes and it was the home team that benefitted. Bruff put the ball into a scrum on their own 22 but great pressure from Sligo’s Ryan Feehily forced a mistake and the ball was turned over out on the left. Sligo quickly swung back left to right and powerful centre Daire Byrne burst through the cover to score wide on the right.
Bruff responded and used the elements to set up camp in the Sligo 22. A long period of pressure ensued before the Sligo defensive line was breached just be
fore the half hour mark with a converted try nudging the Limerick men into the lead.

Article 4 - Sligo in UBL action v Bruff last Weekend

Sligo responded and immediately retook the lead with an excellently struck Jack Keegan penalty.
The lead again changed hands with a second converted Bruff try on 34 minutes, but Sligo again responded and were awarded a penalty on the half way line. Matthew Cosgrove tapped quickly and took off on a barnstorming run down the left touch line before being hauled down 5 yards short of the line. The support runners recycled quickly and Conan O’Donnell drove over theline to put one point between the teams at half time.
The game continued in similar fashion following the resumption with both sides enjoying periods of dominance but defences were remaining intact. Sligo eventually took the lead on 65 minutes with a brilliantly struck penalty from Keegan from outside the Bruff 10 metre line.
Bruff increased the intensity and looked to manufacture a winning score but the Sligo tackling was excellent and there was no way through for the Munster men.
With moments left on the clock Bruff were awarded a scrum 5 metres from the Sligo line. With Sligo down to 7 forwards due to an earlier sin binning things looked ominous but the Sligo scrum, led by the front row of Conor Mitchell, Shane O’Hehir and Conan O’Donnell held firm and Bruff were forced to go wide where Sligo forced the turnover and the referee blew the long whistle.
Next Saturday Sligo travel to Limerick to take on table toppers Old Crescent RFC. The match kicks off at 2.30 at Rosbrien.
UBL Results
Div. 1A: Ballynahinch 33-16 Galwegians
Div. 1B: Dublin University 22-23 Buccaneers
Div. 2A: UCC 44-3 Corinthians
Div. 2C: Sligo 16-14 Bruff


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