Collidge overcame Blackrock College in their re-fixed JP Fanagan League fixture on Monday night. The original fixture had been abandoned due to an unplayable pitch two weeks ago with Collidge 14 points up after 15 minutes.
Collidge began where they left off and went ahead early thanks to tries from James Tarrant, Alex O’Grady and Dan ‘I’ll volley that’ O’Donovan. Tarrant produced a masterclass in dealing with the strong wind in terms of how he got the team moving and his varied kicking game had Rock in trouble on numerous occasions
Tarrant was ably supported by Mark Fleming, and ex Rock pupils Sean Molony, John Fairley, Harry Donnelly and Cian Reilly. Harry’s physicality and speed negated the loss of Ross ‘I’m out today’ Deegan who was unable to play as he had to work on his matador skills for his summer appearances in the Costa Del Sol bull rings. In his post-match interview Donnelly confirmed his recent speed work running away from bouncers in Ranelagh had really borne fruit in his recent run of good form. Collidge had the bonus point in the bag after 30 minutes with a further Chris Egan try. Rock had their best period of the match for the last ten minutes of the first half when they managed to get their only score of the match right on half time.
A strong second half saw Collidge pull away further and saw A team debuts for Tadhg Murtagh and Jack Sargent who both acquitted themselves very well. Murtagh rounded off his debut with a well taken try in the second half. Playing into the clubhouse end of the ground in the second half where the injured Jay Barron had sought sanctuary to protect his footwear and hair unlike other non-playing squad members Bobby Sheehan, David Moran and Charlie Byrne who braved the conditions to sit on the bench (although the rumour is they just wanted some of the sweets that were being passed around on the bench). Barron was kept company in the bar by ex Collidge man Michael Corcoran who was glad that his 23 day return to play period had not elapsed in time for this match.
Unlike Ireland at the weekend the replacements were able to maintain the tempo and performance level that had been established earlier in the match especially from JJ Landers who is now the official agent for Scott Penny. Any enquiries for product endorsements for Scott, personal appearances etc should be directed to JJL@ilovespenny.ie Penny apparently chose JJ to be his agent thanks to their historically close relationship which goes back a few days.
The 20’s now have a week off this week before they face into their final league match against league winners Clontarf on March 24th in Belfield.
A big thank you to Niall McNeill for covering as physio and Kevin Croke for stepping into John Hammond’s slippers as team manager for the night and for the Rock video man who was unable to use the complex video camera used on the night!