Tribesmen just keep on winning

The Tribesmen prevailed in a top-of-the-table-clash against the Waterford Vikings in Dungarvan to remain unbeaten in this season's league.

The 48-14 win in Dungarven ensures the Tribesmen can now look forward to the ROI semi-final on July 22.

Last weekend the contest was only two minutes old when big prop forward Enda Stanford continued his fine form and crashed over the line to register the first score of the game, and following a knock on by the Vikings 15 metres from their own line, the Tribesmen regained possession through the resulting scrum, and a break by full back Johnny Long earned him a try. Conor Loughrey added the conversion to put the Tribesmen ahead 10-0 after 12 minutes.

The Tribesmen continued their dominant form and poor handling by the Vikings gave Monty Balaisis an opportunity to register another four points in the 19th minute. It was really all one-way traffice as the Tribesmen continued to pile on the pressure and Brian McDonagh also added a try.

The Vikings attempted to gain a foothold, but every attack was thwarted by a well organised Tribesmen defence. For the rest of the first half the Tribesmen were almost faultless in the execution of their plays and a brace of tries from Seosamh McDonagh, a second try from Balaisis, plus two conversions from Peter Connolly put the scores at half-time 32-0 in favour of the Tribesmen.

The Tribesmen began the second half as they finished the first with Cian McGinn skipping over the line to register his first try. The Vikings did rally and sustained pressure near the Tribesmen line resulted in their prop forward going over for their first points nine minutes into the second half. This was quickly followed up by a second score after a knock on by the Tribesmen near their own line.

The Vikings continued their comeback, displaying fine handling skills, and with 20 minutes left they had registered 14 unanswered points.

However as the final stages approached, Sean O’Gorman crossed for the Tribesmen, and the scoring was rounded off with Cian McGinn scoring his second try.


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