Match Report - British Police 2012
The Ireland Police Rugby Team made further history when playing their first ever fixture at an international Rugby Stadium, the magnificent Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on the 5th of December 2012.
This venue was organised by our hosts in the British Police and the famous pitch was graced with an extremely competitive, intense tussle between two teams of high quality players.
The teams were further honoured to have Dennis Gethin, (WRU President), and
Billy Glynn, (IRFU President), in attendance and this was also the first fixture
with our new Sponsors, Stanley Security Solutions, in attendance.
The British Team were quickly out of the blocks and dominated the first 20 minutes, building a 13 - Nil lead through a Try, Conversion and two penalties from their out-half. A barn-storming run
by Man of the Match, Adrian Hanley, was the catalyst for a resurgence
by the Irish boys and the rest of the 1st half was played out in the British
half of the pitch, with Paddy O'Toole pinning them back with excellent
tactical kicking and with Dave Houston and Damien Broughall contesting
at the resulting lineouts. This pressure resulted in a yellow card for one
of the British 2nd Rows and yielded 3 successful penalties from Paddy
O'Toole to bring the Half-Time score to 13-9.
The Irish team continued their dominance at the start of the 2nd Half and they got their just rewards with a try by Andy Hamlin to put them into the lead at 14 - 13. The British Team then came back into the game and some excellent last-ditch tackling was needed from John Moore and Jamie Cardwell to keep the lead intact. The British Team then took the lead with 18 minutes to go with another penalty and set about containing the Irish attacks.
The Irish Team finally managed to throw off the shackles, with a brilliant conter-attack from his own "22" by Ger Brady. A brilliant series of play followed with the Irish Team eventually being awarded a penalty, which Paddy O'Toole kicked to restore a one point lead. The Britsh Team immediately came roaring back and the Irish defended heroically in their own "22" until Kevin Dingley, who had earlier been very unlucky not to score, intercepted a pass and ran 85metres to score in the corner.
This score caused ecstatic celebrations among the Irtish supporters, with a hearty rendition of the Fields of Athenry ringing around the stadium. With a dangerous lead of six points, the Irish still had to see out the last three minutes, which they managed in a very controlled manner. The final whistle was the cue for unbridalled celebrations by the players, coaches, officials and supporters.
This victory squares the series at 2 wins each and sets up the series for a continuation of the intense rivalry which is building between the teams. This game was a great advertisemnt for Police Rugby, with extremely committed effort by all 44 players while always played in the best spirit of the game.
Final Score:- British Police 16 - 22 Ireland Police
Ireland Police:, (1 - 15):- Stephen Rutledge, (Ben Silverlock), Simon Malone, (Batt Duggan), Ray Roche, (Alan Keaveney), Dave Houston, (Dave Kenwell), Damien Broughall, (Capt.), John Dever, (John Gilmartin), Ivan Muldoon, Adrian Hanley, Jamie Cardwell, (Jamie Gogarty), Paddy O'Toole, Kevin Dingley, (Enda Muldoon), Andy Hamlin, (Ivor Scully), John Moore, Kyle Corrigan, Ger Brady