Dungannon Rugby Club III XV v Instonians Rugby Club III XV & II XV v Omagh Rugby Club I XV

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Junior League 3rd XV vs Instonians (39 – 0)
This was another good result for a III XV showing eight changes from last week.
A Julian Knipe box kick put Instonians under pressure at the start but Dungannon had to wait until the fifteenth minute when a Colm Smith penalty opened the scoring.
0 – 3
Inst put some pressure on Gannon but the pack broke out of defence and a Neil McGinley grubber kick almost led to a try for Andrew Dines. On twenty minutes Colm Smith kicked a second penalty.
0 – 6
Inst pressurised again but following a turnover engineered by Mark Thompson and Skipper David Irwin Julian Knipe and Angus Dines moved play up field and sent Colm Smith over for a try that he converted on thirty-five minutes.
0 – 13
Dungannon went on the offensive in the second half with Rory Patton and Philip Hall making a break that resulted in Samuel Simpson scoring a try in the forty-first minute.
0 – 18

Philip Hall was then instrumental in sending the bruising Colm Smith away for his second try in the fiftieth minute. Colm added the extras.
0 – 25
Five minutes later a Julian Knipe break saw the ball move through the hands for Chris Holland to crash over beside the posts. Colm Smith adding the conversion.
0 – 32
A Jonny Toal break carried on by David Irwin and then Neil McGinley whose Sonny Bill pass sent Samuel Simpson over for his second try on seventy minutes. Colm Smith converted on seventy minutes.
0 – 39
Dungannon were now totally dominant but try though they might could not get another score.
Team Manager Gareth McMullan was very pleased with the boys and praised those who stepped up for their first appearance of the season.

Team: Julian Knipe. Angus Dines, Colm Smith. Philip Hall, John Toal. Rory Patton, Steven Symington. Kyle Thompson, Samuel Simpson, Neil McGinley. Ryan Stinson, Tarquin Reti. David Irwin, Mark Thompson, Christopher Holland.
Referee: Tim Lowry (Ballymena)
Tries Colm Smith (2), Christopher Holland & Samuel Simpson (2).
Conversions: Colm Smith (4)
Penalties: Colm Smith (2)

Kukri Conference League 2nd XV vs Omagh (10 – 23)

Dungannon started this game with great intent scoring within the first minute when good handling between backs and forwards saw Peter Smith score an unconverted try at the corner.
0 – 5
Omagh responded well and caught the visitors offside with Stefan Hamilton converting the penalty into points. The same player later gave Omagh the lead with a converted penalty for a similar infringement.
6 – 5
Andy Armstrong increased the lead for Omagh when they had an overlap out wide after Dungannon had committed too many men to the ruck in the Omagh twenty-two.
11 – 5
When the Dungannon scrum came under increasing pressure Chris Swan reacted quickly to break clear for a score in the corner to reduce the deficit to one point.
11 – 10.
A good Omagh back line move almost resulted in a try for the Omagh winger but he knocked on. Dungannon tried to play an expansive game but infringements by the backs gave the home side two further penalties before half time to increase Omagh’s a lead.
17 – 10.
Just after the restart a John McGuckin tap penalty brought play deep into the Omagh half but following good recycling, Dungannon were penalised for holding.
As the Omagh pack got the upper hand they forced play close to the Dungannon line. Dungannon held out well but on the fourth resetting of a scrum the unfortunate Chris Swan was yellow carded for playing the ball on the ground. At the next scrum good defence by Richard Holmes secured the ball and relieved the pressure.
Following what should have been a Dungannon line-out Omagh threw in and gained good ground from where they were able to exert pressure in the Dungannon half and were rewarded with two penalties which Hamilton converted to leave the final score 23 – 10 to the home side.
23 – 10
A decent first half and a scrappy second half and while the Dungannon back row played well they were under pressure from a very lively and fit Omagh side who deserved their win.
Team: Gareth Graham. Alan Cummings, Darren Simpson, Gareth James, Geoffrey Blair. John McGuckin, Christopher Swann. Adam Lockhart, Adam Boyle, Steven Sinnamon. Rodney Blair, Paul McCarroll. Richard Holmes (Captain), Callum Threlfall, Peter Smith/.
Referee: Graham Gibson (CIYMS)
Tries: Peter Smith & Christopher Swann

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