This is the winning start that Christ Church would have been hoping for, and although an important victory in its own right, it was all the more important as it demonstrated this was a team still moving forward, despite the loss of some big players last year. The game started on a very even footing, and when Exeter spent 10 minutes camped inside the Christ Church 22, some of the men in white may have feared a repeat of last year’s comprehensive Exeter victory. However a huge clearing kick from fly-half Ashley Gillard, followed by a lineout steal from in-form lock Matt Podger begun a second quarter which Christ Church dominated comprehensively. They scored three tries, all of them converted by Gillard’s ever-reliable boot. The stand out gem of these scores was a fantastic individual effort by Jamie Holdoway, running hard from full-back and leaving tacklers in his wake to touch down under the posts.With the score 21-0 at half time, the House players appeared confident of being able to seal victory, even with a player lost to the sin-bin. This confidence seemed well placed as they scored the first try of the second half to stretch their lead. However Exeter were not yet dead and buried, and they came back into the game with two tries, including a classy run down the blind side by scrum half Quentin Macfarlane. With both of these tries converted, those watching could have been forgiven for thinking that the game was turning around. However Exeter let their concentration lapse and spilled the kick-off. From the resulting scrum, a crisply worked backs move saw debutant outside centre Andy Sprague cutting through the smallest of gaps, and although he was felled by an excellent covering tackle, he managed to offload in contact and see the ball touched down to effectively end the match as a contest.Captain Christopher Perfect described Christ Church’s first half performance as “…the best I’ve ever seen us play…” and felt that with this kind of solid forward platform combining well with the pace and skill of the backs, the House’s chances were strong going into next weeks game against Trinity/LMH. However this Exeter team must try to recover from their performance today, and will need to improve if they are to maintain their place in this division.
Motorists are being urged to take care this morning after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rainfall and severe winds to Ireland on Tuesday.While the worst of the flooding has subsided, a status orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. The warning is in place until 2pm this Wednesday.Met Eireann are warning of extreme wind conditions today, with high tides and high seas bringing more coastal damage and flooding. Further heavy downpours are forecast for the north west thoughout the day and night before temperatures turn colder.Heavy flooding hit Inishowen and other areas of Donegal on Tuesday night. As many roads may still have flood water and debris, motorists are being warned today to slow down, and only drive through water if you’re sure it’s not too deep for your vehicle.The AA Roadwatch tells drivers to watch out for fallen trees and wind-blown debris, especially on secondary routes, and give a wide berth to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.The strength of some of last-night’s wind gusts in Ulster were equal to that of ex-Hurricane Ophelia (96.7mph), according to forecaster Barra Best. 55,000 customers across Ireland are left without power today, however much of Donegal’s supplies have been restored. A power fault in Kilcar affecting 36 homes and business is expected to be repaired by 2pm Wednesday.ESB Networks is reminding customers to never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully. Storm Eleanor: Wind warnings remain in place after night of destruction was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:storm eleanor