Written by Brian Gildea    Wednesday, 20 March 2013 01:49    PDF Print Write e-mail
Trinity U21s Slam Dartmouth in Tour Opener
Colleges - Men's DI College

Dartmouth might have brought the weather from Hanover New Hampshire, but even the cold and freezing rain could not stop Trinity College's rampant Under-21 side from running eight tries past Dartmouth's very game A-side to run out 48-0 winners.

Played on Monday morning in the picturesque setting of the very mucky College Park pitch inside the walls of Dublin's Trinity College, the Dartmouth defense held reasonably strong against Trinity's off-loading game and were unlucky to trail 20-0 at halftime.  Trinity claimed two tries after taking scrums against the head and working the blind side.  After a number of half-time changes, Trinity ran in another four tries after the break, while Dartmouth could only play defense and hope to score via counter-attack.

With Men's National Team attack coach Tony Smeeth coaching Trinity and Gavin Hickie, the USA Under-20's pack coach leading Dartmouth, the match was played at a great pace and had some impressive handling given the incredibly muddy conditions.  Dartmouth, playing the first match of its Irish tour (handled by Irish Rugby Tours), can take away some consolation.  The Trinity Under-21 side used this match as a warm-up for its All-Ireland Quarter-final against Cork Constitution on Friday night.

The Big Green head west to Galway to take on a Connaught Select side on Friday.