‘IF you’re going to win, why not win ugly?’
That was the assessment of City of Derry coach, Bevan Lynch, after watching his side grasp victory from the jaws of defeat against Greystones last Saturday.
It was a ‘lucky escape’ for the Judges Road men as they refused to accept a loss which would have put an end to their promotion aspirations.
And when the inspirational Chris Barbour put the final touches on a spirited, 20 phase drive forward, it was met with sheer relief and a certain amount of disbelief by the Derry coaching staff.
However, Head Coach, Lynch was delighted with the bonus point win, if not the performance.
“These guys almost gave us a heart attack,” he claimed afterwards.
“By no stretch of the imagination did we play well, but we snatched a win and Greystones will, no doubt, feel slightly aggrieved.
“It was our scrum which really kept us in the game,” he added. “Our lineouts were misfunctioning and it really was our scrum power which saved the day for us.
“The last two victories at home have been down to a very good scrum. We showed a bit of patience at the end, it wasn’t pretty but at least we kept the ball and that was something which we didn’t do for long periods of the game.
“Greystones, when they had the ball, opened us up with the inside ball but we started to get it right in the second half where we were much better, but it was a lucky escape in the end.
“But if you’re going to win why not win ugly and get a bonus point, so we’re happy enough about that, that’s for sure.”
Losing influential back, Peter Henderson during Greystones’ first try after just 12 minutes set the tone for what was to follow in the first half and Lynch conceded it was a significant loss.
“Hendo is a big part of our team and he suffered quite a bad dislocation, hopefully it’s not broken. He’s training to be a surgeon so his fingers are his future and he disappeared quickly down the tunnel.
“It was a whole squad effort, everyone contributed. (Richard) Peoples came off the bench and going forward he gave us a bit of a focal point and got us right back into the game. Josh Lewis came on and scored a good try and Chris Barbour, who has been an outstanding new find for us this season capped a pretty good game by going under the sticks at the end too,” concluded Lynch.