Dunleavey, Canning and Faulkner lead the way
By Letterkenny Rugby
Letterkenny beat Virginia again
Letterkenny squared up to Virginia for the 2nd time this season and completed a brace of wins with some great rugby. In the pack Conor Dunleavey stormed back into action after an early season lay off with some big carries supported by the hard driving Dave Brown at number 8. Virginia certainly showed character and did not take a step backward step for the whole game. The power of the Letterkenny pack and the dominance in the lineout through Martin Molloy and Diarmuid Gallagher set the tone for the game. Letterkenny had the first score through Conor Dunleavey powering his way through from 25 m out breaking several Virginia tackles. This was converted by Ryan Mortimer who had another fine game.
Gary Canning playing hooker put in a huge shift of work and was rewarded with a fine try, again converted by Mortimer.
In the second half Virginia did stage a comeback and got a try of their own, but the defensive hits from Daniel Faulkner snuffed out several promising plays from Virginia. Letterkenny did threaten to score again on a couple of occasions, but the last pass just wasn’t sticking.
The final score of Letterkenny 14 – Virginia 5 was a fair reflection of the game, which was a reasonably comfortable victory for Letterkenny. Next week is free for both senior teams. In two weeks’ time the 1st XV are playing PSNI away in Belfast.