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Westport Seniors vs Micheal Davitts 27-01-2015

The Rice College senior rugby team defeated Michael Davitts of Castlebar 24-12 at Carrowholly, Westport. It was a second successive victory for this side, in the senior development cup competition, which sees the side compete in the semi-finals of the competition to be held later in the year.  This Victory was achieved with the bare minimum of 15 players with no subs, all the more impressive considering that Michael Davitts suffered some injuries during the game.

Rice College started the game well putting the Castlebar side under some pressure. The first try was scored by Ronan Price who drove over the line after some great line breaks by both forwards and backs. This try was converted by Aidan Walsh who as scrum half made some great breaks relieving pressure off his forwards throughout the game. Brendan McLoughlin as No 8 punched some holes in the Davitts defence with some good bursts. The second try was scored by Chris Mac Govern who rounded of a succession of forward drives by touching down near the posts again converted by Aidan Walsh. The backs including Darragh Walsh and Padraig O’ Haire were cutting through the Davitts teams with some great runs. The Third try was a great backs move through the hands from a ruck, where despite the wind and rain Padraig O’ Haire touched down in the corner after sweeping hands from the back the conversion was missed. The score was 19-0 at halftime.

The Second Half saw a resurgence by the Michael Davitts team who scored two tries in quick succession with only one converted. This resulted from a lull in the Rice College team performance who was now playing against the wind. The tea were coughing up possession to easily and the half time had halted their momentum. With the scores uneasily close at 19-12. The Westport side went back to the successful tactic of pick and go around the fringes of the rucks and mauls using their strength and powerful driving ability. The team’s fourth try came from this tactic which came from a good line out near the Davitts Line, scored by Brendan Mc Loughlin who got his reward for a fine performance. The conversion was missed but the bonus point was secured. The match finished 24-12. Despite the drop in performance in the beginning of second half Rice College regained their focus and deserved their bonus point try and victory.

Mock Exams 2016

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Rice College Open Day

Rice College Westport had their open day on Tuesday the 26th of January. The school is a wonderful learning environment for boys and this was showcased throughout the day over a number of different activities. The following is a showcase of the events of the day courtesy of TJ Hughes.

Rugby match in Junior Development league 25-01-2016

Rice College narrowly lost a tight encounter 15-12 at Carrowholly rugby ground. The lads scored two excelled tries, one in either half in response to tries from the St Muredach’s side from Ballina, who just edged the result. The Ballina side went into the lead with a try early in the first half before a great break from Rice College Outhalf Stephen Loftus before offloading the ball at the right time to Centre Darragh Ludden who beat a few tackles to score a great try for the team. Unfortunately the conversion was missed and the visitors capitalised on some lack of concentration by the home side to score at the corner after a scrum whose resulting conversion was also missed. Ballina did convert a penalty late in the first half.

In the second Half Rice College battled back into the game with surging runs by Rian Mac Nally and Sean Murray, and great work from Josh Conway and Rory Spellman in the Back row. Alan Masterson playing at Full Back along with centre Joey Corcoran also had fine games in defence and attack.  Rice College got a try  through their hard work deserved when Cian Cassidy stretched over the try line for a try after great forward runs by the pack stretched the Ballina’s defence.  The Conversion was made by the Outhalf Stephen Loftus.  Rice College were awarded a penalty near the post with the scores at 15-12, and instead of going for the points the team took a quick tap and surged forwarded. Unfortunately the referee awarded a penalty to Ballina for a double movement when we had crossed the line for a winning score, thus robbing up of the deserved victory.

Rice College lost a bit of momentum towards the end with tiredness seeping in but gave one more effort to score the winning points being camped on the Ballina try line before the referee whistled for full time.  Rice College played very well and robbed Ballina’s ball in Rucks and Mauls constantly, lineout’s were very inconsistent and will need to be ironed out.  the Young team as plenty of ability and power, but needs to just tighten up in defence  and be patient when we are on their try line to create the right chances in order to see out tight matches.

Senior Rugby Vs Headford

Rice College 33 – 15 Presentation College Headford

Well done to the Senior Rugby and Management team who recorded an excellent victory against Presentation College Headford. Thanks to TJ Hughes for the photos from the game.