Wanderers Men 13 – 33 Dublin University FC
The two oldest Clubs in Ireland served up entertaining fair, on the international pitch at Lansdowne Road, on Saturday as Wanderers celebrated their 150th season in existence. Dublin University, an AIL division 1A side provided the opposition on a glorious afternoon before a good crowd who got value for their money.
Wanderers dominated the early exchanges but were unable to break down the Trinity defence. Sustained attacks on the Trinity line were all repulsed and on 22 minutes Trinity broke out of their own 22 down the right flank and good support from the Trinity back line saw them into the WFC 22 for the first time and Billy O’Hora get the touch down for the first try of the game which was duly converted for 7-0 Trinity lead.
WFC went right back at Trinity but as half time approached Trinity again broke from deep and from the following kick and chase secured a fortuitous bounce got a second try against the run of play to put Trinity in a strong position.
A Mikey Russell try kept Wanderers in the game but as the second half played out a yellow card against Wanderers was too much and two tries in that ten minute period put the game beyond WFC.
To their credit WFC continued to battle to the end and exerted pressure on Trinity to have the final say with a Stephen Dunne try from good forward play to leave the final score 33-13 to Trinity.
A good sporting game before a good crowd to celebrate a historic occasion.
Wanderers women play first game on main pitch at Lansdowne Road
On a monumental day for Wanderers FC and Irish women’s rugby as a whole, the Wanderers Women walked into the Aviva Stadium changing rooms full of excitement, nerves and motivation to make ourselves, our club and our supporters proud. Those sentiments stayed with us as we ran out onto the hallowed Aviva turf ready to meet the Trinity women for the first time since our Division 3 encounters last season.
Wanderers Women started strongly with strong carries, excellent scrums and a watertight defensive line. After persistently chipping away at the Trinity defence, scrum half and vice-captain Jessica Kickham crossed the whitewash in an acrobatic grounding reminiscent of Rory Best’s try vs Scotland that following morning. New recruit Elisa Corcoran added the two points to put Wanderers Women first on the scoreboard.
Having conceded a well-worked try, Trinity soon came on the offensive and scored after multiple pick-and-goes to bring them back into contention. On the back of their first try, Trinity garnered some new-found confidence and drive and used their experienced side to test our fresh squad and added a few more tries to their tally during the remainder of the match. Nevertheless, Wanderers Women played some fighting, committed rugby and continued to dominate in the scrums as well as taking advantage of the Trinity ill-discipline to gain useful territory against their opposition. All available new members of the squad were able to get their first taste of rugby on the biggest possible stage and made the rest of the team proud as they closed out the match. It was all smiles at full-time as both squads soaked in the atmosphere and the enduring positive relationship between the two oldest clubs in Ireland.
Wanderers Women carried on the celebration into the Wanderers FC Club House after the match, with every single player incredible proud and excited to be an integral part of Wanderers FC’s 150th year.