Dudley Cup 2016 Report
UCD run out convincing winners of the 2016-2017 Irish Universities Dudley Cup.
UCD ran out convincing winners of this year’s Irish Universities Dudley Cup sponsored by Maxol played on Saturday last, 22 October 2016. The Dudley Cup has been challenged for since 1904 by the senior teams from each of the member clubs of the Irish Universities Rugby Union. This year’s competition was played in a three match format between hosts UCC from Division 1B and Division 1A outfits UCD and Trinity in the UCC playing grounds in Curaheen.
Played in near perfect conditions the sizeable attendance was treated to feast of open & entertaining running rugby with handling and off loading skills of the very highest quality. 17 tries were scored in total over the three games played.
First blood was drawn by UCC who ably led by loose head Charlie Slowey and winger Rory Slater saw off a spirited Trinity 17:15 in the opening game. Despite the best efforts of stand out wing forwards Richard Dunne and John McKeowen Trinity lost out to UCD in game two who, superbly led throughout by captain Jamie Glynn came out on top on a 46:07 score line. The final game was a winner take all encounter between UCC and UCD. The Belfield outfit however led by player of the tournament Greg Jones proved far too strong for their hosts comfortably winning by 47 points to 7.
The President of UCC RFC Olann Kelleher presented the Dudley Cup to the winning Captain Jamie Glynn from UCD