Collidge's first try came from one such attack, with the home defence stretched a penalty was awarded to UCD, a kick to the corner and the forwards mauled over with David Pogatchnik touching down at the back of the ruck. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed as the kickers left their kicking boots back in Dublin.
Encouraged by this score Collidge started to produce some excellent rugby, marshalled by half backs Niall O'Neill and Donnchad Reilly Collidge lifted the tempo and were rewarded with a second try after a strong carry by Jonny Guy, hooker Matthew O'Donovan was on hand to finish the job and touch down for a ten point lead at half time.
The first score of the second half would be crucial and UCD raced out of the blocks and two quick tries from Ronan Foley (much to the delight of his mother!) and Jamie Stone extended the lead. Foley's try was converted to stretch the Collidge lead to 22-0. At this stage our Ireland Under 20’s Rory Mulvihill and Jack Regan were welcomed back into a Collidge jersey and they duly added to the performance. We were also able to get Tim Carroll onto the pitch for the first time this season, after a run of injuries Tim was delighted to be back and was duly rewarded with a try after some strong runs immediately after coming on. Further tries from Tim Costigan, David Pogatchnik and Steven Kilgallen finished off a very professional job. At this stage we asked the bus driver to take a conversion but as he was not on the team-sheet the impressive referee did not allow it.
After the match the lads showered and changed at a speed never seen before as they were keen to return to Dublin to attend the Blue Ball. Not wanting to get their tuxedo creased it was quickly into tee shirts and shorts and onto the bus. The only delay was the centre pairing waiting for their fake tan to dry before getting on the bus.
As we neared Dublin there were a few anxious glances at the phones to see if dates were going to cry off (Sam Griffin still maintained hope that Mike Ross was going to accept his offer and accompany him to the ball). The baby faced assassin, Steven Kilgallen sought hair style advice from Jonny Guy (of Tony & Guy fame) but the bus driver was not keen on Steven using his mirror to style his locks, thankfully the Rockwell pair of Ben Murray & Jamie Stone had a spare mirror for Steven to use, you might think it odd that Ben & Jamie had a mirror between them but as they do everything together it came as no surprise to anyone on the bus. In fact the rest of the squad were waiting to see if they had dates for the ball...Emmet Burns & Robin Reidy swapped beard grooming advice and Alex Holmes had enough hair product for the entire team!
As we got nearer Dublin the call to change into their tuxedos was delivered and suddenly the bus was overcome with a sense of focus and concentration yet to be seen on the pitch. The driver was delighted with this as his bus was now smelling like the fragrance department of Brown Thomas......
Judging by the appearance of some of the players at the 20B match yesterday it is safe to say a good night was had by all..
Collidge play Lansdowne in the Semi Final next Sunday at 2.30 in Lansdowne so please try to come down and support as this will be a very tough battle as both teams look to secure a place in the final.