Corinthians chance to climb

Corinthians have a great chance to move up the Ulster Bank League division 2A when they face Thomond on Saturday.

Like Corinthians, the Munster outfit is struggling this season, and with just three points separating the two sides, this is a real chance - albeit away from home - that Corinthians must grab.

Last weekend Corinthians put up a mighty display against Nenagh, but ultimately came up short, losing by 26-10 in their Ulster Bank League division 2A fixture at Cloonacauneen on Saturday.

In terrible conditions, the home side had the assistance of the wind in the first half and used it accordingly. Corinthians outhalf Simon Keller had an early opportunity at goal, and although was just wide, he secured the first points with another penalty in the 18th minute.

Corinthians maintained control of proceedings, preventing Nenagh from gaining a foothold, and the Cloonacauneen outfit was eventually rewarded with a fine touchdown by first centre Stuart Royal, which Keller converted.

However, they were unable to build on their lead as Neenagh held their defensive line, and in the second half the visitors attacked from the start.

Props Alan Bane and Aodhan Glynn Nenagh produced some strong defensive hits to keep the visitors at bay, while coach/lock Ene Fa'atau had a great battle with his opposite number Leon Viapula.

It took 16 minutes before Corinthians' defensive wall was eventually breached when Fran Brislane broke through the cover for their first touch down. Fullback Mark Walsh was unable to add the extras.

They were rewarded with a second try some minutes later after going through the phases, with Viapula finishing off and Walsh adding the extras.

This was a massive blow to the home side having defended so well, and the home side ran out of steam after as Nenagh ran in for two more tries.

Corinthians: S Biggins, D McDermott, D Panter, S Royal, RV Haeften, S Keller, M O'Toole, A Bane, A Walsh A Glynn, N Hogan, C Raftery (cpt ), P O'Toole, M O'Connell, E Fa'atua. Replacements, C Joyce, I Kilcoyne, T Hogan P Long. C O'Sullivan.

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