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Bonus point win over CIYMS PDF Print E-mail

Ever since Allen McCluggage slotted over a touchline conversion a few years ago to win a league game at Belmont, Grosvenor have held the upper hand against East Belfast rivals, CIYMS. The results have a striking similarity about them, in that what appeared to be cruising dominance is not always to be believed. Victories of 36-27, 24-17 and 26-15 show that Grosvenor have never really closed out their opponents and have allowed them back into contention. Today's game was no different and an early 19=0 lead became 19-12, and 40-12 became 40-26. Our backline are new to each other, relatively speaking and will only get better but CI claimed a 4 try bonus point for their perseverance.

The home side endured an aggressive start from CI and against the run of play, good support from Peter Dawson gave him the first try and the conversion from Adam Skelton gave Grosvenor an unlikely 7-0 lead. Grosvenor had dominance in the lineout and credit must go to Mark Rainey who has stepped into the roll of hooker seamlessly. From such a situation, Daniel Bowden forced his way over to extend the lead to 12-0.Grosvenor were playing a controlled style of rugby and it was no surprise when Mitchell McComb supported well and scored Grosvenor's 3rd try, converted by Adam Skelton  to give the home side a 19=0 lead. CI opted to kick to touch from a penalty and a slick decoy lineout allowed them to score their first try to close the gap to 19-5. Shortly after, a lazy home defence saw the nippy CI scrum half split the line and score a fine solo try which was converted. A game which was totally dominated after 5 minutes by Grosvenor, was now an open contest.  The half time whistle blew and CI had a considerable breeze at their backs for a second half of a game which they must originally have seen as damage limitation but through the home side's lethargy, they now got a sniff of victory.

These thoughts were dealt a blow when new Grosvenor recruit Timmy Emerson saw a gap and glided through untouched for Grosvenor's bonus point try to extend the lead to 26-12. Shortly after the kick off, a rampant home side attacked from deep and lock Peter Dawson showed the CI cover defence a clean pair of heels as he romped over for his second try. Both these tries were converted by Adam Skelton. 33-12. More determined attacking play sent Jordan Brown over for a try again converted by Adam Skelton, 40-12. CI refused to give up and as Grosvenor relaxed, the visitors scored two converted tries to bring the game to 40-26. As the home support looked anxiously at their watches, centre Matt Johnston blasted over from close range for a 7th home try, again converted by Adam Skelton. The final score was 47-26. It was a sombre enough pitch meeting after the final whistle as a relieved home side rightly accepted their first league points of the season, but will reflect on letting inferior opponents twice crawl back into contention.

There were many individual performances today but MOM must go to Peter Dawson, not only for his two tries but for his lineout dominance and his all round mobility. This was as well as he has performed for some time. Long may it continue.




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