Energia AIL 2A 2nd November 2019

Scorers: Magrath(1*Try, 1*Pen, 2*Conv), O'Neill(2*Try), R.McCusker(1*Try)



Trailing 9-3 late in the first half, few, if any in the Hatrick Park crowd would have given Rainey any chance of picking up a try-scoring bonus point against visitors Dolphin.  And, with less than fifteen minutes remaining and the Cork side owning the ball and playing in the right part of the field without looking particularly dangerous, a Rainey victory was anything but certain.  But, when they finally managed to get to the other end of the park, two tries in five minutes brought them a 27-9 win which greatly flattered them.


Still looking for their first win, Dolphin were better than Rainey in many facets of play, but lacked a cutting edge.  Rainey simply never got going on an afternoon they will want to forget.  Sloppy passing and handling,added to some aimless kicking, were in stark contrast to the impressive early season form they have produced, while the penalty count against the forwards at the breakdown was totally unacceptable.

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Energia AIL 19th October 2019
Scorers: Bloomfield(1*Try), Magrath(2*Try, 3*Conv), McCusker(1*Try)


For the second time this month, Rainey Old Boys faced the arduous long trip to the Mid-West of Ireland where UL Bohemians were hoping to open their account in the AIL.  But Rainey were to enjoy their journey home after a 26-21 success which earned them a try-scoring bonus point.  They now lie in third place.


Limerick is often referred to as the home of Irish rugby. Since its inception in 1991, the AIL has been dominated by Limerick city clubs.  Limerick Bohemians enjoyed some success in the top division, but have slipped down in recent times.  Having amalgamated with the local university, they are now called UL.Bohemians, playing their home games at the Uni's magnificent complex at Annacotty in the north of the city.

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Energia AIL 12th October 2019
Scorers: Bloomfield(2*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 3*Conv, 2*Pen), (1*Pen Try)

Despite having to make several changes, some of them positional, for their first ever meeting with Buccaneers at Hatrick Park, Rainey Old Boys gelled well as a team to have a try-scoring bonus point safely in the bag long before the final whistle.  A 34-10 victory leaves them on a very satisfactory six points after two games the AIL campaign.


Buccaneers came into being when Athlone and Ballinasloe amalgamated in 1993.  The Galway men reverted to Junior rugby in Connacht in 2006, but the Westmearh side continued to be called Buccaneers and with former Ireland No8 Noel Mannion back in their ranks and Eddie O'Sullivan as coach, they enjoyed two spells in Division 1.  Current internationals Robbie Henshaw and Jack Carty then starred for the Midlanders before they slipped down the ranks.  Last season they reached the play-offs in Div 2A as they strove to get back up.

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Energia AIL 5th October 2019
Scorers: Fitzsimons(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Magrath(2*Conv, 1*Pen)


After leading 17-3 towards half-time, Rainey Old Boys had to settle for a losing bonus point as a very solid Nenagh Ormond side turned the game on its head to run out 22-17 winners on the opening day of the Energia AIL.  Though they scored two tries to Nenagh's one, Rainey were happy enough to hang on for a point in the end.  Their inability on the day to deal with the high ball plagued them throughout the contest, as the penalty count against them soared.  Nenagh right-wing Scully kicked five penalties and a conversion to make them pay for their indiscretions.

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SONI Ulster Premiership 28th September 2019
Scorers: Bratton(2*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 4*Conv), Donaghy(1*Try), Harbinson(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try)
Eaton Park has been a happy hunting ground for Rainey Old Boys in recent seasons and they produced a magnificent performance there to score six tries in a 38-7 victory.  Three bonus point wins from three starts leaves them four points ahead of Banbridge in the SONI Premiership which resumes in December.
Ballymena, who play Rainey twice in the AIL in mid-season, have pinned their faith in youth as they seek to rebuild.  But they simply had no answer to a fired up Rainey side which hit top form.  A very physical Old Boys pack were particularly impressive in broken play, getting the tackles in and smashing into rucks to set up some great front foot ball for the backs to show what they can do.  The handling and passing was almost faultless throughout as half-backs Bloomfield and Magrath ran the show on an afternoon conducive to a fifteen man game.
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Ulster Senior Cup Quarter Final 21st September 2019
Scorers: L.Quinn(1*Try), Moran(1*Try), O'Neill(2*Try), Harbinson(1*Try), McSwiggan(1*Try), F.Quinn(1*Try), Magrath(5*Conv)
Rainey Old Boys revelled in the late summer sunshine when they took on Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park in the quarter-final of the Senior Cup.  On a superb playing surface, they ran in seven tries, five of them converted by out-half Andy Magrath, as they coasted to a comfortable 45-13 victory.
Head Coach John Andrews continued his rotation policy, handing some of his promising young players a further taste of senior rugby and resting a few of his regulars.  While there were some unforced errors at times, Rainey had too many strings to their bow as Quins were overpowered up front, but they battled well to put together some good moves.
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