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Sat 17 Sep 14:30 - League Full time

Bonus Point Win for Larne 1sts

On Saturday 17.09.16 Larne entertained Lisburn at the Glynn.

Larne knew that they had to have a dominant start if they were to come out on top of this fixture and that they did with only 5 minutes gone former captain Ryan Garrett opened the scoring after a good line break by outside centre Burns only to be brought down in the 22. The forwards were on hand to get the ball back quickly and Garrett saw the space and sniped through to score. Philip Andrews added the extras.

Larne kept the pressure on and a penalty came, Andrews put a good kick in to the corner and after the forwards won the ball from the line out Larne went wide, McBride fended off a number of would be tacklers and fed Garrett on the inside who was coming at pace to finish of the try.

This seemed to waken Lisburn up who started putting some pressure on Larne and eventually opened their own account after a number of missed tackles and putting together some good phases of their own. 14-7.

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Lisburn began to make a number of breaks into the Larne half but great tackling but Hunter and Jamison kept them at bay, McAllister was on hand to turn the ball over and Andrews to kick the ball out of the danger areas.

McBride started the next move off by coming on a great line to gain yards and set the ball up and possibly the score of the day when a screen move held the defenders and opened up space out wide and Larne took full advantage spreading the ball through every set of hands and Agnew was on hand on the outside to finish off.

Lisburn kept coming and miss communication in the Larne defence, let Lisburn in for their 2nd try and kept them in the game for 19-14.

Quick thinking by Andrews taking a tap penalty and beating a number of would be tacklers and feeding the ball to Agnew on the inside to set the ball up and a good quick ruck allowed Burns to show his strength by power over one of Lisburn’s forwards to give Larne their important bonus point 4th try and leaving the half time score 24-14.

The 2nd half started with Larne being awarded a penalty which Andrews slotted.

Shortly after it all seemed like it was going to unravel for Larne when they received a yellow card for an infringement at the break down while defending their line only to be followed by a 2nd yellow card for a “deliberate” knock on.

Larne down to 13 men and rallied by captain hunter stood firm and while Lisburn carried hard and threw everything at them. In the 10 minutes while Larne were down to 13 men they didn’t concede a point and managed 3 of their own from a Garrett penalty which he shortly followed up for his 3rd try of the day after a pick and go from a ruck.

This opened the gate for another quick try from Agnew who hit a great line off McBride and broke the tackle to score, McBride then got one of his own after a good line break to leave the final score 51 – 14.

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