The Belfast Trojans made the long journey home from Limerick a positive one as they beat the University of Limerick Vikings 16-3 in a close encounter.
Conditions underfoot weren’t ideal at UL Bohs rugby club and this led to a heavy ground attack being implemented by the Trojans offence who managed a brace of touchdowns from running back Jona Siri.
Indeed it was the Trojans who notched the first points of the game. A Stephen Pressley field goal from 40 yards opened the scoring after a strong first drive that was stalled by penalties.
Penalties were the Achilles heel for the offence throughout much of the first half as promising drives were soon halted by untimely procedural flags.
At halftime the score was 3-3 after a UL field goal was successful as time expired at the end of the first half.
However the Trojans came out of the break with all guns blazing and immediately grabbed the lead. Strong running work from Siri and fullback Mohamed Ramadan got the Belfast offence into the redzone and the drive was capped on third down when Siri kept his legs churning to cross from six yards out.
The Trojans defence was playing lights out and this continued right through the second half. After Scott Fischaber’s first half interception, Jonny Bryans came up with a key interception late in the fourth quarter to cap a wonderful display by the rookie safety.
Siri put the game to bed soon after, going around the left side to score from 22 yards out to complete a hard-fought win over a Vikings squad that was unrecognisable from the outfit that challenged for Shamrock Bowl honours over the past few years.
The Trojans now take a week off before playing their home opener against the potent University College Dublin on Sunday 29 April. Kick Off from Deramore Park, Belfast is 2.00pm.