Omagh 3rds 41-3 Banbridge 3rds
With 3rds Captain Ross Semple called up to the 2nds and 2 cry-offs just before the journey to the west the team had to be re-jigged with many players playing out of position. Shane Honeyford stepped into scrumhalf, Jordan Mullan into Outhalf and flanker Josh Edwards played the day out on the wing.
The 1st scrum of the day was turned over by a well drilled Omagh pack and yards where made. Penalties where conceded and eventually the home team had a lineout on the Bann 5m line. This was well won and from the maul the young Bann side where driven back over their line for the 1st try.
Within 10 mins a carbon copy move from a 10m lineout resulted in another try for the home side. It was 10-0 against and the Bann team had hardly got a touch of the ball. The Omagh side where as predictable as they have been over the past 20 years. Keep it tight and little or no mistakes. Why change something that works.
20 mins into the game and the Bann men started to get a feel for the ball and made good yards. A switch in the pack moving huge Stuart “Chabbal” Marshall into No.8 steadied the scrum with good effect but 5 mins before the halftime break yet another lineout for Omagh resulted in a drive and another try.
Just before the break young outhalf Jordan Mullan kicked a penalty after some good work from the team who, even though they where down, started to play some rugby, with charging runs from centres Peter Irvine and captain Geoff Thompson.
With President Alan Harvey giving the halftime team talk the main discussion was in keeping the penalty count down and cutting out the handling mistakes.
The wind and rain stopped leaving a perfect day for running rugby and alas that is exactly what Omagh did. Shortly after the restart a scrum just inside the Bann half resulted in a pickup and run in for a score under the posts for a converted try.
10 mins later an Omagh Lineout and backline move put them through for what the runner thought was a certain score, but Bann fullback Calum Boland thought different and dragged him down 2 yards from the try line, only for him to pop to a supporting player to score again for a converted try. 2 more tries and 1 conversion left the final score 41-3 to the Omagh side. The score really didn’t do the Bann side justice as they defended to a man but gaps appear after phases if you never have the ball.
Training continues on Thursday nights at 7.30pm with an away Derby against Dromore at 1pm on Saturday.