Sunday, 14 October 2007

Bruff R.F.C go through in AIB Cup

Old Crescent's divisional advantage continued for little against Division Three champions Bruff whose consistent display helped them eek out a 19-12 victory over their Limerick rivals.

In what was the sides' first ever meeting in an AIB-sponsored competition, Bruff were well on course for a place in the third round as they had a 19-0 buffer built up by the interval. Powerful work by big Martin O'Rourke (above) made a significant difference for Bruff, including starting many of their breaks.

Prop David Horan plunged over for a 31st-minute try, which Brian Cahill converted, and Cahill fired over four penalties - after 9, 14, 38 and 40 minutes - to stretch the hosts nearly three converted scores clear.

Crescent, good winners over Naas last weekend, predictably came back with Billy Leahy and Alan Purcell both nabbing tries, with the latter adding one conversion, but Bruff controlled matters in the final quarter and will be a team to avoid in January's third round.

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