The Atlantic Rock’s Patrick Parfrey (left) is hauled down by the Cork, Ireland Wolverines’ Luke Cahill during the teams’ exhibition match at the Swilers Rugby Complex on Saturday. The Wolverines, a select team of some of Ireland’s next players from County Cort in the province of Munster, won 29-24. At right, the Rock’s Charles DeBoue is stopped by an unidentified Wolverines player.
©— Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Ireland’s Cork Wolverines edged Atlantic Rock 29-24 in an exhibition ruby match Saturday at Swilers complex.
The Wolverines are a select team of some of the best players of County Cork in the province of Munster.
The Cork team opened the first half with a strong offense and opened the outside with Gavin Duffy soundly planting the ball inside the Rock’s try line.
The strong Irish forwards continued to test the Rock’s defense with Duffy scoring a second try followed by Peter Kelleher and Joseph McSwiney. Conor Mangan scored three tries. Patrick McNicholas kept the Rock in the match scoring a try and converting for seven points, while Robert Wilson and Curtis Hammond scored one try each to end the half 26-17 for Cork.
The second half was much more intense with a stronger showing by the Rock’s defense, often within a few metres of the home team’s try line.
McNicholas made a huge break following an interception, scoring his second try and conversion, closing the gap and bringing the score to 26-24. Despite a strong effort, the Rock could not penetrate the Cork barrier and at the 44-minute mark of the half, Conor Mangan scored a 20 metre penalty kick to end the match 29-24.